FAO

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is the international agency mandated to put an end to hunger. The FAO is supposed to act as a neutral forum where nations can meet to debate issue. FAO is also a source of information about agriculture and food issues. In 2000, the FAO Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture unanimously stated that, “the 'terminator seeds' generally are unethical, finding it unacceptable to market seeds, the offspring of which a farmer cannot use again because the seeds could not germinate." In 2000 the media reported the following statement from the Director General of the FAO
Dr. Jacques Diouf: "We are against [terminator genes]. We are happy to see that in the end some of the main multinationals which have been involved in implementing these terminator genes have decided to backtrack."

However, the FAO’s report released in 2004, “Agricultural biotechnology: meeting the needs of the poor?” was widely condemned by groups across the world for supporting genetically modified organisms and Terminator. In an open letter to Jacques Diouf, titled “FAO declares war on farmers not on hunger”, groups wrote that the report “promotes the genetic engineering of seeds and the further skewing of research funding towards the technology and away from ecologically sound methods developed by farmers. The way in which the report has been prepared and released to the media, sadly, raises serious questions about the independence and intellectual integrity of an important United Nations agency.” The letter also expresses shock at the FAO report’s support for “the absurd option of using Terminator technology” to prevent gene contamination. Visit the FAO: ww.fao.org