UN meeting keeps ban on controversial GMO

Governments at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have agreed to keep a ban on the Terminator technology – plants that are genetically engineered to produce sterile seeds at harvest. The 8th meeting of the CBD ended today in Curitiba, Brazil. Nice to see that negotiators at United Nations meeting sometimes can agree on something.

Read more on the Ban Terminator Campaign website.

Among Japanese signatures are Consumers Union of Japan, Anti-GM Farmers Network, and No! GMO Campaign of Japan.

IISD has a service called Linkages to provide reports and photos from the negotiations. Great job!

Update from Reuters with more details here, noting that a proposal to limit commercial deep-sea fishing in international waters failed, in part because of pressure from countries with big fleets like Japan and South Korea.

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