Seed Diversity in Trouble: Monsanto Dominates Global Seed Supply

A report entitled "Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers" investigates how the current seed patent regime has led to a radical shift in the control of the global seed supply.

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    Today, three corporations control 53 percent of the global commercial seed market.
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Reposted with permission from The Center for Food Safety. 

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Save our Seeds (SOS) – two legal and policy organizations dedicated to promoting safe, sustainable food and farming systems – have launched their new report,Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers.

The new report investigates how the current seed patent regime has led to a radical shift to consolidation and control of global seed supply and how these patents have abetted corporations, such as Monsanto, to sue U.S. farmers for alleged seed patent infringement.

Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers also examines broader socio-economic consequences of the present patent system including links to loss of seed innovation, rising seed prices, reduction of independent scientific inquiry, and environmental issues.

Debbie Barker, Program Director for Save Our Seeds and Senior Writer for the Report, said today:  “Corporations did not create seeds and many are challenging the existing patent system that allows private companies to assert ownership over a resource that is vital to survival, and that, historically, has been in the public domain.”

Among the report’s discoveries are several alarming statistics:

Julie Sims
4/6/2013 5:09:06 PM

Man, this and a lot of other things going on under our blind eyes should scare the living day lights out of us. We all better wake up and smell the coffee! What products can we rally around to tell Monsanto to "pound sand"? Thank you to all the seed bank individuals.

4/5/2013 11:37:02 PM

This is the most disturbing trend in Agriculture. Those who control the food control the people. Therefore you'd better grow your own.

4/5/2013 10:58:00 PM

For one thing, seeds should not have a patent! It should be forbidden to even list one witha patent! We have to thank greedy politicians for this state of affairs..An entire seed bank was scheduled for destruction in Russia supposedly to make room for expensive Real Estate which does not make any sense because they could simple find a new home for the seeds..So Monsanto must have been behind this..What prevents the People on this planet from keeping seeds and start a huge International Bank of seeds exchange? FY Monsanto and the likes!

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