Government is destroying farmers seeds [this article is only available in Dutch] Groentezaden en granen zijn afgelopen jaren in vele landen een veel bediscussieerd onderwerp geworden. Het zijn niet meer alleen diegenen die zich altijd al hebben ingezet voor de vrije beschikbaarheid van zaaigoed en die waarschuwden voor multinationale bedrijven, … verder lezen
Not only Monsanto (Article taken from the German Coordination gegen BAYER-Gefahren – October 2013) The discussion on genetically modified seeds is dominated by the criticism directed against Monsanto. In the wake of Monsanto the German company Bayer has become one of the largest agricultural corporations in the world. Already, Bayer … verder lezen
On December 12 2012 the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) are publishing the report “Wages of Inequality – Wage Discrimination and Underpayment in Hybrid Seed Production in India”.
Other key messages of the new report:
- Agricultural wages have increased but they are still below minimum wages
- Multinationals not better than Indian companies regarding wages
- Dalits often make longer working days
- Child labour depresses the wages
On Monday July 19th the international Conference “Patents on Seeds – The Turning Point” will take place in Munich, Germany . Researchers and representatives from farmers and civil organisations will discuss current trends regarding patents on seeds and animals, highlighting the negative impacts of the current system, the changes that would be needed and possibilities for effecting those changes. The conference is initiated by the European coalition No Patents on Seeds, which consists of NGO’s that have united to call a halt to the ever expanding privatisation of life. On Tuesday July 20th No Patents on Seeds ha organised a large manifestation at the European Patent Office.
Andreas Riekeberg from the campaign for seed-sovereignty says: „It is an annoying judgment far from the reality. The court solely has reconfirmed the current EU legislation without taking into account the detailed critic by Advocate General Kokott, which pointed out the ongoing destruction of biodiversity on the fields and in … verder lezen