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Patent Grab Threatens Biodiversity and Food Sovereignty


Date: 01/12/2010


A new report by ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration, based in Ottawa, Canada) reveals a dramatic upsurge in the number of patent claims on 'climate-ready' genes, plants and technologies that will supposedly allow biotech crops to tolerate drought and other environmental stresses (i.e. abiotic stresses) associated with climate change. The patent grab threatens to put a monopoly choke-hold on the world's biomass and future food supply, warns ETC Group. In many cases, a single patent or patent application claims ownership of engineered gene sequences that could be deployed in virtually all major crops - as well as the processed food and feed products derived from them. (Source: Pambazuka News, 11 November 2010).

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