by GRAIN | 25 Dec 1995
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.
by GRAIN | 25 Mar 1995 Seedling - March 1995
A viewpoint on the European Parliament's historic rejection of the life patenting directive last 1 March.
by GRAIN | 20 Mar 1995 Seedling - March 1995
The European Parliament stopped a law proposal that would have made life patenting possible in Europe. We look at the background, the history and the implications.
by Germán Vélez and GRAIN | 15 Mar 1995 Seedling - March 1995
Some Andean Pact countries seem to be willing to hand over their biodiversity cheaply. Others are arguing for more control over access. NGOs fight for rights to local and indigenous communities.
by GRAIN | 11 Mar 1995 Seedling - March 1995
The IARCs are in a financial and institutional crisis and a meeting was called to relaunch the system, with little success. NGOs call for a consultation process.