reply to post by metamagic
Really. Claiming one half baked imaginary plot as a cover for another half baked imaginary plot is really a waste of your wonderful god given powers
There are ultra wealthy people. They all know each other. They want Power, Control and Money. We are talking GREED here. I can trace the timeline of
the "food safety bills" back decades.
Monsanto and Cargill were very much a part of Clinton's administration and helped push Congress into ratifying the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. Dan
Amsteuz (VP Cargill) wrote it, Mike Kantor (monsanto) was USA trade rep to WTO and Robert Shapiro (CEO Monsanto) was Clinton's foreign trade
This is the timeline just for seed and does not include livestock, a much bigger file. My livestock file also includes the turnover of "food safety
inspection" to Corporations in 1996 (international HACCP regs) the resulting increase in food borne illness and the USDA
SEED Monopoly Timeline:
1961 PVP is the Plant Variety Protection:
The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants: Gave seed companies a
monopoly on only the commercial multiplication and the marketing of seeds. Farmers remained free to save seed from their own harvest to plant in the
following year, and other breeders could freely use any variety, protected or not, to develop a new one.
1980 the Supreme Court decision in Diamond v. Chakrabarthy,
447 U.S. 303 enabled living organisms to be patented
1991 PVP monopoly is applied to seed multiplication and also to the harvest and sometimes the final product as well.
right of farmers to save seed for the following year's planting has been changed into an optional exception. Only if national government allows, can
farm-saved seed still be used, and a royalty has to be paid to the seed company even for seeds grown on-farm.
1995 WTO ratified: Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) introduction of intellectual property rules on plants, animals
under WTO’s Agreement “could damage the livelihoods of these 1.4 billion farmers worldwide and undermine food sovereignty and food
security ” Joint Communication from the African Group to the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (2003)
May, 2003, the European Patent Office in Munich granted a patent to Monsanto with the number EP 445929, with the simple title "plants", even
though plants are not patentable in European Law. www.countercurrents.org...
2005 To-date, Monsanto has filed 90 lawsuits against American farmers; www.i-sis.org.uk...
June 2006 Global Diversity Treaty: Standard Material Transfer Agreement
(SMTA) a standardized contract that will enable much easier access to
crop diversity. [ germplasm for patenting] royalty payment (1.1% of sales) is paid only if product is unavailable for further breeding and research.
funds will be devoted to conservation efforts. Translation: Bio-techs Corporations steal seed from third world farmers, patents it and pay money to
Bioversity International www.bioversityinternational.org...
December 2006 “In the EU, there is now a list of 'official' vegetable varieties. Seed that is not on the list cannot be 'sold' to the
To keep something on the list costs thousands of pounds each year...Hundreds of thousands of old heirloom varieties (the results of
about eleven thousand years of plant breeding by our ancestors) are being lost forever . www.defra.gov.uk...
Feb 2007 GRAIN press release USA: Seed companies want to ban farm-saved seeds
A new report from GRAIN reveals the new lobbying offensive from the global seed industry to make it a crime for farmers to save seeds for the next
year's planting. See History at www.gmfreeireland.org...
FAO is supporting harmonization of seed rules and regulations in Africa and Central Asia in order to stimulate the development of a vibrant seed
...An effective seed regulation harmonization process involves dialogue amongst all relevant stakeholders from both private and public
sectors. Seed quality assurance, variety release, plant variety protection, biosafety, plant quarantine and phytosanitary issues are among the major
technical areas of a regional harmonized seed system. The key to a successful seed regulation harmonization is a strong political will of the