Thursday 28th of August 2014

considered private property rather than a common good...

eat your greens...

Stop patents on plants and animals!

The organisations behind No Patents On Seeds are especially concerned about increasing number of patents on plants, seeds and farm animals and their impact on farmers, breeders, innovation and biodiversity. These patents create new dependencies for farmers, breeders, food producers and consumers. These patents have to be regarded as misappropriation of basic resources in farm and food production and as general abuse of patent law. We call for an urgent re-think of European patent law in biotechnology and plant breeding and to support clear regulations that exclude from patentability processes for breeding, genetic material, plants and animals and food derived thereof.


In recent years, there has been a growing privatisation of agricultural sciences, which has also taken hold of public research. As a result, knowledge has increasingly become considered as private property rather than a common good. The IAASTD criticises the excessive patenting of knowledge, which is connected to this development, condemning the patenting of seeds and genetic information in particular.
The IAASTD questions the benefit of patents, both for research and the dissemination of knowledge, Original source and highlights the fact that patents increase the dominance of a small number of multinational companies. These companies stockpile patents on seeds, plants, animals and genetic information, and thus control international trade of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and natural resources through complex licensing systems. Their exploitation strategy for the new ‘raw material of knowledge’ mainly consists in barring others from using and further developing this knowledge.


This is one of the reasons why out Turd Numero Uno is hell-bent in destroying the public CSIRO... Private control of stuffs...


stop patents on life forms.


Testbiotech calls for a stop on patents on seed, plants, farm animals and food

This week a global action is started against patents on seed, plants, farm animals and parts thereof including gene sequences and food. Over 100 organisations from all over the world are alerting the public and warning of the dangers of increasing monopoly rights on basic resources of farm and food production. Seed, plants and farm animals as well as food production chains are becoming progressively subject to monopoly rights imposed by worldwide patents. More and more patents have been filed, even including claims on conventional breeding of plants and animals. These are actually being claimed by industry as their inventions!

If this trend is not stopped, these developments will impact on farmers, small-scale breeders, food producers and consumers. Leaving the control over seeds to multinational corporations means leaving decisions on choice in the food market and the way food is produced to those whose first aim is to make a profit, not provide food security. Farmers in particular are increasingly dependent on agrochemical and seed corporations. Breeding is becoming more difficult as access to genetic resources is hampered by the restrictions that patents impose. This situation will result in fewer innovations urgently needed for food safety.

The US company Monsanto recently filed patent application WO2008021413, which – in more than 1000 pages - makes 175 claims to misappropriate various gene sequences and genetic variations, especially in soy and maize. Monsanto even goes as far as to explicitly claim all relevant maize and soy plants inheriting those genetic elements and its uses in food, feed and biomass.
In a further patent application, WO 2009011847, Monsanto makes broad claims covering methods for cattle breeding, for the animals themselves as well as “milk, cheese, butter and meat”. These patents and many others filed by various companies such as Dupont and Syngenta are the reason why Testbiotech is calling upon politicians and patent offices around the world to ensure that such patents cannot and will not be granted.


Gus: In the toon at top I inserted something rather innocuous: MODIFIED LIKE GOD DID NOT INTEND TO... I am an atheist, but I am trying to rally all the religious people around the world against this patenting of life forms — whether as food or otherwise. Religious people in churches, in mosques, in temples should be up in arms about what science and greed is doing to god's work... Go go go, fight these patents... Make them suffer! 

The major point of tampering with the seeds of crops has nothing to do with yield improvement but all to do with the "ownership of the seeds"... This is done by creating a system of weed killer, promises of better returns in conjunction with "patented" seeds. Original seeds thus eventually disappear or are contaminated with the pollen of patented seeds, making it easy to pollute and control the system...