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Craig Venter Lays an Easter Egg

Six Years in the Making, “Synthia” is Resurrected

Synthetic Biology, according to its proponents, is moving at five times the pace of Moore’s law – basically doubling its capabilities and halving its costs every four months. Except that brash billionaire Craig Venter, often dubbed Bioscience’s Bad Boy, is no Gordon Moore. Venter has just announced that his team has produced Synthia 3.0 – the simplest human-made and self-replicating lifeform ever. Synthia 1.0 was announced – after years of delays – in 2010 and its second coming in this new form has been awaited ever since. Synthia 2.0 slipped by without notice – apparently not much to talk about – but this new version is being hailed by at least some synthetic biology scientists as a breakthrough.

L'avenir de l'alimentation mondiale sous l'emprise des multinationales aux Nations unies

Plus de 100 organisations de la société civile tirent la sonnette d’alarme à l'ouverture de la réunion de la FAO sur les biotechnologies

(Rome, lundi 15 février 2016) Juste au moment où les entreprises de biotechnologie qui fabriquent les semences transgéniques renforcent leur contrôle du commerce mondial, la FAO leur offre une tribune pour appuyer leur vision.

Fusión entre Syngenta y ChemChina

¡Las Seis Grandes se convierten en trío!

Por 10 años seis multinacionales han controlado el 75% de las semillas híbridas y del negocio de plaguicidas. Dow y DuPont acordaron fusionarse y ahora la empresa paraestatal China, ChemChina está adquiriendo Syngenta. Eso significa que Monsanto necesita una fusión urgente para mantenerse en el juego. ¿O será que el juego está por terminarse?

Sino-Genta?

And soon there will be three. Joy of six heads towards a “ménage à trois”

For a decade, six multinationals have controlled 75% of the world’s high-tech seeds and pesticides businesses. Late last year, Dow and DuPont agreed to merge and now state-owned ChemChina is buying Syngenta for $43 billion. This means that Monsanto needs a merger to stay in the game. Or, is the game about to be called?

El Campo Jurásico de los dinosaurios agrícolas aún no es realidad

El nuevo informe del Grupo ETC explica cómo el Sur global podría bloquear las megafusiones entre agronegocios

Si se consolidan sus nuevas propuestas de fusiones y adquisiciones, las seis más grandes empresas de insumos agrícolas, que concentran el 75% de la investigación y desarrollo globales, podrían reducirse a tres o cuatro. Si Dow y DuPont se unen y logran burlar a los reguladores anti monopolio, la nueva empresa resultante controlará el 25% de las ventas de semillas comerciales y 16% de las ventas de plaguicidas, lo que significa que junto con Monsanto, solo dos compañías controlarían el 51 % de todas las ventas de semillas y una cuarta parte del mercado de plaguicidas.

Global Agribusiness Mergers NOT a Done Deal

New ETC Group report, Breaking Bad, shows how Dow-DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta seed and pesticide deals could be blocked by Global South

The $130 billion Dow-DuPont merger announced last week has rekindled ChemChina’s $44.6 billion bid for Syngenta which, in turn, may provoke a fourth takeover try by Monsanto. If ChemChina prevails, Monsanto is likely to look for a deal with either BASF or Bayer. If they get their way, the world’s Big Six agricultural input companies controlling 75% of global agricultural R&D may be reduced to three or four.

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