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Kein Patent auf Leben!
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Responsible for contents according to § 10 paragraph 3 MDStV:
Christoph Then (address above)


The organisations behind “No Patents On Seeds!” are especially concerned about the increasing number of patents on plants, seeds and farm animals and their impact on farmers, breeders, innovation and biodiversity.
These patents create new dependencies for farmers, breeders, food producers as well as consumers and must be regarded as misappropriation of basic resources in farm and food production and as a general abuse of patent law.

We call for an urgent re-think of European patent law in biotechnology and plant breeding and to support clear regulations that exclude from patentability processes for breeding, genetic material, plants and animals and food derived thereof.

The European Parliament, the EU Commission and governments of the EU member states are all demanding a stop to granting patents covering plants and animals derived from conventional breeding.

Nevertheless, in recent years the European Patent Office (EPO) has continued to grant such patents covering e.g. food plants, such as tomatoes, broccoli, melons and, more recently, barley. The patents cover everything from seeds to harvest, and barley to beer.
In June 2017, the prohibitions in the European Patent Law were partially strengthened. But this is not yet a long-term solution.
Patents on plants and animals from conventional breeding are still possible.

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