31 May '12, 5pm

Mexican Farmers Block Monsanto Law to Privatize Plants and Seeds

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page , Millions Against Monsanto page , and our Farm Issues page . Progressive small farmer organizations in Mexico scored a victory over transnational corporations that seek to monopolize seed and food patents. When the corporations pushed their bill to modify the Federal Law on Plant Varieties through the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies on March 14, organizations of farmers from across the country sounded the alarm. By organizing quickly, they joined together to pressure legislators and achieved an agreement with the legislative committee to remove the bill from the floor. What's at stake is free and open access to plant biodiversity in agriculture. The proposed modifications promote a privatizing model that uses patents and "Plant Breeders' Rights"...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25565.cfm

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