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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monsanto tries to patent all seeds

Tell European nations to refuse Monsanto's bid.

from Avaaz.org
It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Company 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 and 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.
To the governments of Germany, France and the Netherlands 
and all contracting states of the European Patent Convention:
As concerned citizens, we urge you to take the lead to fix European patent law by calling on the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation to close the loopholes that allow corporations to patent plant varieties and conventional breeding methods. Clear and effective safeguards and prohibitions are needed to protect consumers, farmers and breeders from the corporate takeover of our food chain.
Sign this petition on the Avaaz website

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