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Monsanto’s Latest Sneaky Endeavor: Patent Common European Crops
Posted By admin On September 10, 2013 @ 4:23 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled
Natural Society 
September 10, 2013
The big bad boogeyman of modern health and agriculture is at it again (although, has never really stopped being at it). This time, Monsanto’s latest endeavor involves taking advantage of loopholes in European laws that would allow them to patent common fruits and vegetables- produce that the GMO-giant has no business “owning”. Worst of all, the European Patent Office (PAO) has allegedly given their approval to the venture.
Natural News reports  that Monsanto is exploiting these loopholes to give itself exclusive rights over conventional seeds. These are seeds they had nothing to do with creating or altering (yet), but are existing seeds being used across Europe.
AVAAZ has drafted a petition to put a stop to this latest effort, and as of press time, it has gained well over 2.1 million signatures. (You can sign the petition yourself here ).
In order to stop Monsanto, nations like Germany, France, and the Netherlands must get involved. They must work to amend European patent laws to block these loopholes with the help of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization. These countries already have a growing opposition to Monsanto  and their history of agricultural bullying, so the hope is they will be amenable to fighting these patent laws.
“Since the year 2000, there have been more and more patents granted on plants and animals derived from conventional breeding” in Europe, explains a recent report from No Patents on Seeds . “Presently, there are around 100 such patents on plants, and around 1,000 applications have been filed.”
Monsanto isn’t alone in this effort to take over the world’s seed supply (and ultimately the food supply); Syngenta and other biotech companies are similarly rushing to patent naturally occurring plants and animals. It’s frightening to think of what could happen if living things were owned by these devilish companies, but we must act now if we hope to stop them.
Globally, people and their respective governments are wising up to Monsanto’s ways. While the U.S. government is lagging behind, European nations like Italy have gone so far as to ban GMO corn , one of the most prolific crops grown here in the U.S.
We must act as a global community to stand in solidarity against corporate interests. If it affects people in Europe, it affects us too.
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URLs in this post:
 Natural Society: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-patent-common-european-crops/
 Natural News reports: http://www.naturalnews.com/041485_Monsanto_patents_GMOs.html
 You can sign the petition yourself here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_vs_mother_earth_nm/?bigwYcb&v=26065
 already have a growing opposition to Monsanto: http://naturalsociety.com/breakdown-of-gmo-labeling-laws-by-country-global-map/
 No Patents on Seeds: http://www.no-patents-on-seeds.org/sites/default/files/news/new_wave_of_patents_2013.pdf
 ban GMO corn: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://naturalsociety.com/italy-ban-monsanto-gmo-corn-mon810-maize-80-percent-public-support/&sa=U&ei=powsUpvnLrjG4AO86IHIAg&ved=0CAcQFjAA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNEILK22DCNLdU_woio6Xl7y4taXTw
 Monsanto wins landmark patent case in Supreme Court: http://www.prisonplanet.com/monsanto-wins-landmark-patent-case-in-supreme-court.html
 Chile Fights Monsanto Seed Patents: Rejects Proposed ‘Monsanto Law’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/chile-fights-monsanto-seed-patents-rejects-proposed-monsanto-law.html
 No more GMO: Monsanto drops bid to approve new crops in Europe: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-more-gmo-monsanto-drops-bid-to-approve-new-crops-in-europe.html
 Monsanto wins patent battle with DuPont corporation to seize full rights of GM seed patents: http://www.prisonplanet.com/monsanto-wins-patent-battle-with-dupont-corporation-to-seize-full-rights-of-gm-seed-patents.html
 France Maintains Key Ban on Monsanto’s GMO Maize Crops: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-maintains-key-ban-on-monsanto%e2%80%99s-gmo-maize-crops.html
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