April: one day, Monsanto and the “others” will mass such a huge volume of patents on seeds (of all kinds) that they could control the food and seed distribution of the world. It’s time to switch gears and educate ourselves on what is happening in this world behind our backs:
Surge in Corporate Patents on “Climate-Ready” Crops
Threatens Biodiversity and Signals Grab on Land and Biomass
Nagoya, Japan — Under the guise of developing “climate-ready” crops, the world’s largest seed and agrochemical corporations are filing hundreds of sweeping, multi-genome patents in a bid to control the world’s plant biomass, according to a report released by ETC Group today.
A handful of multinational corporations are pressuring governments to allow what could become the broadest and most dangerous patent claims in history, warns the group at the United Nations’ Convention on Biodiversity in Nagoya, Japan (18-29 October 2010).
Posted in American Politics & Food, Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Monsanto, World Food Politics
Tagged BASF, Bayer CropScience, Biomass, Biotech Companies, Dupont, Food control, Food Security, Gene Giants, GMO, Monsanto, Patent Stockpiling, Seed patents, Syngenta, Vandana Shiva
Monsanto’s genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” seed line now accounts for 93 percent of the soybeans and 82 percent of the corn produced in the U.S., according to a recent Bloomberg article.
Should you be concerned? As Michael Pollan has pointed out, corn is the “keystone species of the industrial food system, along with its sidekick, soybean”:
Take a typical fast food meal. Corn is the sweetener in the soda. It’s in the corn-fed beef Big Mac patty, and in the high-fructose syrup in the bun, and in the secret sauce….The “four different fuels” in a Lunchables meal, are all essentially corn-based. The chicken nugget—including feed for the chicken, fillers, binders, coating, and dipping sauce—is all corn….even the salads at McDonald’s are full of high-fructose corn syrup and thickeners made from corn.”
Posted in American Politics & Food, Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Monsanto, Take Action!, World GE Politics
Tagged Biodiversity, ClimatePath, Dave Rochlin CEO, Farmer rights, Fast food, Food control, GM soy, India, Monoculture, Protect Our Farmers, Roundup Ready