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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The world’s most evil corporation, Monsanto, has taken a new interest in conventional food crops, which the company is currently trying to seize ownership of in Europe by exploiting a little-known loophole in European patent law. And a petition created by the human rights group Avaaz, which has already garnered nearly two million signatures in less than two weeks, may help stop this unscrupulous takeover of food by drawing global attention to it.
According to Avaaz, European patent law is currently written in such a way as to allow corporations the option to literally patent natural plant varieties and conventional plant breeding methods, even if they have been utilized by farmers and gardeners for centuries. As a result, Monsanto and others are beginning to file for these patents, which could allow them to eventually require farmers to pay royalties and buy seed every year for non-GMO, natural crops.
"Companies like Monsanto have found loopholes in European law to have exclusive rights over conventional seeds," explains the Avaaz petition. "Many farmers and politicians are already against this — we just need to bring in people power to pressure these countries to keep Monsanto’s hands off our food."
You can view and sign the Avaaz petition here:
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Coordinated effort required to stop Monsanto takeover of food supply
Avaaz is calling on powerful European nations like Germany, France and the Netherlands to take action now to stop this corporate takeover of the seeds of life. Since grassroots awareness of Monsanto’s seed-seizing tactics is already strong in each of these countries, it would be prudent for them to collectively strike back against this affront to food freedom by voting to eliminate the patent law loopholes that could allow the biotech bullies to assume ownership of nature.
"As concerned citizens, we urge you to take the lead to fix European patent law by calling on theAdministrative Council of the European Patent Organization to close the loopholes that allow corporations to patent plant varieties and conventional breeding methods," states the petition, as directed specifically to the governments of France, Germany and the Netherlands, all of which are member states of the European Patent Convention.
"Clear and effective safeguards and prohibitions are needed to protect consumers, farmers and breeders from the corporate takeover of our food chain."
You can view and sign the Avaaz petition here:
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According to Avaaz, the petition went viral quickly after being established on April 9, 2013, achieving one million signatures in less than two days. And you can help keep the momentum strong by not only signing the petition yourself, but sharing it with your friends and family.
You can also participate in the official March Against Monsanto, a global grassroots effort to expose the truth about the dangers of GMOs; question the duplicitous complacency of governments with regards to the GMO issue; and advocate for a global boycott of Monsanto-owned companies. You can learn more about March Against Monsanto by visiting the group’s Facebook page:
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It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to gain exclusive control over the seeds of life – the source of our food. They’re trying to patent away varieties of our everyday vegetables and fruits like cucumber, broccoli an d melons, virtually forcing growers to pay them for seed and risk being sued if they don’t.
But we can stop them from buying up Mother Earth. Companies like Monsanto have found loopholes in European law to have exclusive rights over conventional seeds, so we just need to close them shut before they set a dangerous global precedent. And to do that, we need key countries like Germany, France and the Netherlands — where opposition is already growing — to call for a vote to stop Monsanto’s greedy plans. The Avaaz community has shifted governments before, and we can do it again.
Many farmers and politicians are already against this — we just need to bring in people power to pressure these countries to keep Monsanto’s hands off our food. Sign now and share with everyone to help build the biggest food defense call ever:
Once a patent exists in one country, trade agreements and negotiations often push other countries to honour it as well. That’s why patents change everything about how our food chain works: for thousands of years, farmers could choose which seeds they’d use without worrying about getting sued for violating intellectual property rights. But now, biotech companies are getting patents on the seeds and then charging farmers exorbitant royalty fees. And farmers can’t even save patented seeds for replanting the next season — Monsanto has sued hundreds of them for practicing the age-old art of seed-saving and plant breeding. Monsanto and Co. claim that patents drive innovation — but in fact they create a corporate monopoly of our food.
But luckily, the European Patent Office is controlled by 38 member states who, with on e vote, can end dangerous patents on food that is bred using conventional methods. Even the European Parliament has issued a statement objecting to these kinds of destructive patents. Now, a massive wave of public outcry could push them to ban the patenting of our everyday food for good.
The situation is dire already — Monsanto alone owns 36% of all tomato, 32% of sweet pepper and 49% of cauliflower varieties registered in the EU. With a simple regulatory change, we could protect our food, our farmers and our planet from corporate control — and it’s up to us to make it happen: