posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:50 AM
This is a small article taken from the 'New Internationalist' magazine issue 446 October 2011.
In Chile the Mapuche people are mobilizing to resist the 'legal theft' of their genetic heritage following the Senate's adoption of the
International Convention for the Protection of new Plant Varieties (UPOV91), the so called 'MONSANTO LAW'.
This law would prevent indigenous communities from saving seeds and would threaten their traditional free and collective exchange of plant
varieties. Instead, indigenous communities will be exposed to the products of corporations like Monsanto, which already holds most of the worlds
plant species patents. Mapuche poverty will deepen if they become reliant on hybrid or GM seeds and other expensive agricultural products sold by
multinationals. Some 150 Mapuche community leaders have signed a declaration against the law.
Reported by Rebecca Blackwell.
I really can’t put into words how much this disgusts and depresses me.
We live in a sick, sick world.
Seems we will only learn when it’s to late that things such as plants, medicines and anything in the interest of 'life' should never be
corporatised and patented.
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