'Climate-Ready' Crop Patents Threaten Biodiversity

| 11/10/2010 9:19:16 AM

 The ETC Group has identified over 1,663 patent documents that have been filed by some of the leading seed and agrochemical corporations, claiming “climate-ready” crops as the future of the world’s food supply — what some are calling “biopiracy.”

These patents, which are in violation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Seed Treaty, have raised concern from the Convention on Biological Diversity and FAO that these corporations may be attempting to monopolize the world’s plant biomass. It also raises concern about the future of the world’s food supply.

Rapeseed crop 

These patents claim environmental stress tolerance in plants — which includes drought, heat, flood, cold and salt tolerance — through climate-ready crop genes. If corporations are allowed to claim ownership, not only would major crops contain engineered gene sequences owned by one major corporation, so would the processed food and feed products that come from that crop.

The group at the United Nations’ Convention on Biodiversity in Nagoya, Japan, said the patents could become one of the “broadest and most dangerous patent claims in history.”

Over two-thirds of these patents have been filed by only three companies: DuPont, BASF and Monsanto. And only 10 percent of the total patents are from public sector researchers. Many of the companies involved have placed pressures on governments to facilitate the use of these untested crop genes.

Virginia F.
12/17/2010 4:20:43 PM

say no to gmo – this should get you started Edna_1 www.saynotogmos.org www.naturalnews.com/030044_No_GMO_song.html www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_21800.cfm www.nongmoproject.org/2010/09/20/just-say-no-to-gmo foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/just-say-no-2-gmo http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=AlN.Z41jDrVX8q4V7Hi1h0qbvZx4?fr=yfp-t-701-s&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF8&p=just%20say%20no%20to%20gmo

Tia Hansen
12/17/2010 3:15:22 PM

Creating plants that are better suited to each environment actually decreases the need for chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers. I do worry about genetic diversity because one disease can come and wipe out an entire food supply. But we do need to find a way to farm more sustainably that means minimizing inputs and that might mean GMOs.

12/17/2010 9:59:08 AM

What you need to do is DEMAND that GMO food be labeled as such!! Write your congressman!! and remember EVERY time you buy somthing you cast a vote avoiding GM food sends a big message!! Go to for a non gm food list and more info http://www.saynotogmos.org/index.htm

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