Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Iraq's new grain patent law: "For generations, small farmers in Iraq operated in an essentially unregulated, informal seed supply system. Farm-saved seed and the free innovation with and exchange of planting materials among farming communities has long been the basis of agricultural practice. This has been made illegal under the new law. The seeds farmers are now allowed to plant - 'protected' crop varieties brought into Iraq by transnational corporations in the name of agricultural reconstruction - will be the property of the corporations."

Its hard to believe that things like this could really be happening, but it is another example of the real agenda of the corporate/neo-liberal powers.

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