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Monsanto’s efforts to usher genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into the European Union (EU) have been largely stagnant in recent years, so the multinational corporation and others in the industry are taking a new and more evil approach to gain more market control. According to a recent announcement put forth by the human rights advocacy group No Patents on Seeds!, the European Patent Office (EPO) is now granting biotechnology companies patents on all-natural crops such as broccoli, which was recently handed over as private property to Monsanto.

Exploiting an egregious loophole in European patent law, Monsanto and others have been feverishly filing for patents on all sorts of natural crops, presumably in response to widespread resistance by members of the European public to its GMO offerings. Most recently, EPO granted Monsanto a patent on conventionally-bred broccoli, which includes not only broccoli seeds but also the “severed broccoli head” and the “plurality of broccoli plants … grown in a field of broccoli” – in other words, broccoli in all of its natural forms.

Though vehemently opposed by the European Parliament, EPO’s decision to legitimize private ownership of nature – in this case broccoli – is apparently becoming the norm throughout Europe. Since the biotechnology industry has failed at replacing nature with its own “Frankencrops” throughout Europe, it has set its sights on seizing ownership of nature itself by claiming patents on it. And unless the people step up to forcibly stop this, using whatever means necessary, then these crimes against humanity will only continue.

 

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You've seen the Google street view cars driving around, next will be the Monsanto Broccoli Patrol cars, searching out perpetrators growing illegal broccoli....

I wonder how far from eventual reality that might be? :eek:

 

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Yes, mans greed knows no bounds.

 

Not so sure about this though "unless the people step up to forcibly stop this, using whatever means necessary", equally scary when people advocate themselves as judge jury and executioner.

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It's actually too scary for words and even hard to get your head around. The whole one world government and all the sci fi books you read actually have this sort of stuff in them.

 

There was a very interesting presentation from an australian carnola grower.

Anyhow this farmer's next door neighbour decided he was going to grow Glyphosate resistant GM carnola he didn't tell our ozzy farmer just went ahead.

2 days after the GM farmer cut his crop and left it out to dry they had a big rainstorm the GM farmers crop ended up on our ozzy farmers paddock seeds and all.

 

He can't spray the GM carnola because its roundup resistant.

 

The upshot of this was that the seed from the GM crop belonged to Monsanto and if it grew in his paddock without a license he could be prosecuted.

Also he now has to be careful of how much GM seed is in his non GM crop because if it goes over a certain threshold his entire crop is downgraded to a GM price and not just his crop but the entire silo that his crop has been added into at the depot.

He also had a heap of photos showing the wild growing GM carnola that is resistant to glyphosate it was everywhere.

So even if you wanted to reamin GM free in your farming it was becoming impossible.

As he said why would you want to grow GM food when the people dont want it.

 

It's about time we had country of origin labelling. And if a food has anything GM in it that also should be on the label

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It's not hard to search and check the EPO register to see if this is true. Start here: European Patent Register

Way too hard for a journalist of course.

 

It's a shame because whatever legitimate arguments there might be against the various intellectual property regimes are lost in the hazy blue smoke of journalists like this fanciful worlds of butterflies and unicorns. Best to read article 53(b) of the EPC too as that was what the decision centred around. And no, you can't patent broccoli ...

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The upshot of this was that the seed from the GM crop belonged to Monsanto and if it grew in his paddock without a license he could be prosecuted.

This is a serious concern for me as the Northland Regional Council is pushing for GMO crops in Northland - coupled with the EU's rejection of Canada's clover honey from '07 on (at least initially? @John Hartnell knows more ...)

 

If the farmer sold it as a GMO crop then yes but given

he now has to be careful of how much GM seed is in his non GM crop because if it goes over a certain threshold his entire crop is downgraded to a GM price and not just his crop but the entire silo that his crop has been added into at the depot.

then I would say that Monsanto and/or the GMO farmer are liable to the farmer whose land has been contaminated - Rylands v Fletcher (Frazz the naughty child not only came back from the dead but passed Laws 101 - got the marks yesterday!!!)

Having said that I don't think it follows that the same applies to us as beekeepers if we get a contaminated crop of honey because nothing 'escaped' necessarily, rather our bees have gone on to the chemical farmer's property ...

I wonder if there's any real Lawyers :devil: out in nzbees land ...

@Roy Arbon - know any good Lawyers bro?

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It's a shame because whatever legitimate arguments there might be against the various intellectual property regimes are lost in the hazy blue smoke ...

 

Agreed. I note this, from the EPO; 10 July 2013 The Technical Board of Appeal in the proceedings T 83/05 concerning the so-called "Broccoli" patent has decided to refer further questions of law to the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO (EBoA)...referrals now aim to establish whether plants obtained from such non-patentable breeding methods are patentable under the European Patent Convention. A publication date for a ruling in this case has not been announced.

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Basically, I'm a greenie. But sadly, I'm always at odds with the activists and their publications. Misunderstanding, propaganda, deliberate lying, I don't know. But there is so much falsehood that I no longer believe anything I read in certain greenie genres, such as the Monsanto bashers.

Pity, cos the odd truth may get lost in this.

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Basically, I'm a greenie. But sadly, I'm always at odds with the activists and their publications. Misunderstanding, propaganda, deliberate lying, I don't know. But there is so much falsehood that I no longer believe anything I read in certain greenie genres, such as the Monsanto bashers.

Pity, cos the odd truth may get lost in this.

Me too.

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