Wake up and turn the lights on, there’s a monster under your bed.
A not so rhetorical question has been asked by SumOfUs.org -that being:
“What happens when small farmers in Guatemala save seeds from one year to the next, as they have for centuries?They get up to four years in prison.”
The rest of the story as follows in a news letter SumOfUs.org circulates:
“That’s according to the “Monsanto Law,” which was recently struck down by Guatemala’s highest court.
But now Monsanto is saying the law is required under free trade deals, and it’s likely only a matter of time before it launches a wave of lawsuits to force Guatemala to give in.
Developing nations like Guatemala have no chance against a corporate superpower like Monsanto — that’s why we’re standing with Guatemala and fighting to stop the expansion of trade deals that allow this kind of bullying.
For centuries, farmers have saved seeds from one year to the next. But Monsanto now claims that seeds are its intellectual property — and it will use trade deals to force countries like Guatemala to give in no matter what their courts say about it.
This is a classic example of how Monsanto and other multinational corporations use trade agreements to bully sovereign governments — and as we speak, it’s pushing for new trade deals like the TTIP and the TPP, which would expand its powers to stampede over the rights of people even more.
That’s where we come in. SumOfUs was created to leverage the global consumer power of our 5 million members to take on multinational corporations that have gotten too big for any of us to take on alone.”
Intellectual property? Seeds, really? How about physical property as in your body and the right to determine what you will or won’t ingest?
Then I claim any seed from anything non GMO I plant as my exclusive intellectual property as well as property resulting from my associated labor, with an inherent right to do what I wish with them as in planting or passing on to friends and in doing so I invite this Monsanto monstrosity to take a flying leap.