by GRAIN | 25 May 1996 | Reports
by GRAIN | 25 Mar 1996 | Seedling - March 1996
As a number of important internacional negotiations on agricultural biodiversity get underway, there is a political challenge to achieve a central position for the role and contribution of Third World countries and resource-poor farmers in the management of plant genetic resources.
by GRAIN | 20 Mar 1996 | Seedling - March 1996
The agrobiotech industry has finally started to bring its genetically modified products to the market, and, to smooth their path, it is concentrating its lobbying efforts in two main areas: deregulating the use and release of genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs) and minimising the labelling of its products.
by Viki Reyes | 15 Mar 1996 | Seedling - March 1996
While companies like Shaman Pharmaceuticals use the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities as part of their research strategies, the question remains as to whether the commercialisation of traditional genetic resources benefits those communities and biodiversity conservation.
by GRAIN | 25 Dec 1995 | Reports
by GRAIN | 25 Dec 1995 | Seedling - December 1995
As chemical pesticides are increasingly rejected, the agrochemical industry is rushing to develop alternatives suiting its corporate interests. Side-stepping predicted resistance problems, it is focusing investment on Bacillus thuringiensis. An update.
by GRAIN | 20 Dec 1995 | Seedling - December 1995
As it was seen at COP II in Jakarta, the Convention on Biological Diversity seems to be slowly moving towards the incorporation of some of the concerns of indigenous and local communities.
by Ashish Kothari | 15 Dec 1995 | Seedling - December 1995
The discovery of anti-malarian activity in a plant used by the Onge tribe for medicinal purposes may lead to its expropriation unless India's government takes immediate measures.
by GRAIN | 11 Dec 1995 | Seedling - December 1995
Since the Internet is also providing information in the area of plant genetic resources, Seedling will be including a regular part on the Internet in our section "Resources & Documentation".
by GRAIN | 25 Oct 1995 | Seedling - October 1995
As an alternative to Northern-style IPRs, GRAIN argues for a local community rights regime based on Heritage, Territoriality and Communality, which would be constructed into both the Biodiversity Convention and the FAO Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources.
by RAFI | 20 Oct 1995 | Seedling - October 1995
The late potato blight, P. infestans, which was responsible for the Great Irish Famine last century, is back in a deadlier form and many fear that the short-sightness of breeders and governments may jeopardise the food security of the millions of Third World families for whom potatoes are an important staple crop.
by GRAIN | 15 Oct 1995 | Seedling - October 1995
Until recently ignored by contemporary agricultural research, most of the world's rural population benefits from a "Hidden Harvest" of wild foods that constitutes an important nutritional and income source, and often makes the difference for survival in famine situations.
by GRAIN | 25 Jul 1995 | Seedling - July 1995
The industrialisation of fishing puts ever-growing pressure on marine ecosystems and the diversity they contain, and small-scale fishing communities and the poor are paying the price. Civil society must gain democratic control over these resources.
by Miges Baumann | 20 Jul 1995 | Seedling - July 1995
A Swiss herb growers group has won an important court case: in a landmark decision that tested new policies to allow patenting of plants as such, the Federal Supreme Court decided that a camomile variety may not be patented.
by Angela Cordeiro | 15 Jul 1995 | Seedling - July 1995
The diversity of agricultural systems is a fundamental step in fighting rural hunger and conserving genetic resources, and farm women are key players in any such strategy, according to field studies in Brazil.