Potential Impacts of Terminator on Agricultural Production: New Study with Statements From Brazilian Farmers
April 3, 2008
"Potential Impacts of the Termiantor Technology on Agricultural Production: Statements from Brazilian Farmers"
Prepared by: Angela Cordeiro, Julian Perez, Maria José Guazzelli
Florianópolis, December 2007
Study contracted to Centro Ecológico by ETC Group
Including Interviews from:
Inês Claudete Burg (farmers in Santa Catarina)
José Carlos da Silva (farmer in Mato Grosso)
Julian Perez (farmers in Paraíba and Rio Grande do Sul)
Paulo Coan Bussolo (farmer in Paraná)
This document presents the result of discussions with Brazilian farmers about the impacts of Terminator technology on their activities. The first part presents the context of the Brazilian seed market and a profile of Brazilian agriculture, recent changes in the seed sector, the main stakeholders in the market and an estimate of the cost if Brazilians would be forced to purchase 100% of the seeds needed to meet the demand for planting corn and soybeans.
The second part presents seven interviews with small and medium farmers from different locations in Brazil’s Northeast, Midwest and South. These farmers raise soybeans and or corn, on farms that vary from 2 – 200 hectares. The interviews describe the production system, the origin of the seeds used and the opinion of the farmers about the potential impacts of Terminator technology. Part three presents final considerations about the possible impacts of the concentration in the seed sector, and particularly of the Terminator technology on the autonomy and income of farmers, on agrobiodiversity and on food security, in a process that affects society as a whole.
It is hoped that the statements recorded here, together with others that are being collected by collaborators of ETC Group in other countries, will be a source of inspiration for the 9th Conference of the Parties to the CBD that will be held in Berlin, in 2009. Certainly, the issue of Terminator seeds will return to the agenda. Let the farmers’ voices be heard.