Patent inspection at ‘Come into the Greenhouse’ event
Flevoland, March 27, 2010 – Today a CSI Crime Seed Investigation unit visited several greenhouses at the national event Come into the Greenhouse visualising what the future may look like: worlds largest seed company Monsanto will check growers for the presence of suspicious crops, prevent them from using patented seeds or accuse them of patent breach. With this action ASEED wants to draw attention to the international campaign ‘No Patents On Seeds’ against applying patent law on seeds and animals.
Members of ASEED dressed up as investigators and detectives put up a little show for the public visiting the greenhouses and the growers themselves. They also spread an information flyer explaining the background of No Patents on Seeds, the dangers of power concentration in seed giants like Monsanto, and current developments in patenting and breeder rights.
This action should make clear that also Dutch growers and smaller seed companies do not benefit from the Monsantosizing of agriculture. It is obviously an act of solidarity towards the visited greenhouses and growers. An independent sustainable food production is too important to leave over to mega-companies who are only in it for the profit.
All over the world there is concern over the growing power of corporations and new developments in patent applications and seed regulations. On Friday march 26 the broad coalition ‘No Patents on Seeds’, with over 200 member organisations, officially send an alert to governments and patent agencies all over the world warning against the Monsantosizing of seeds, plants, and animals. So far 8500 people signed the petition that will be online until July 11, 2010, when the Global Action Days of No Patents on Seeds will end with a manifestation at the European Patent Office in München, Germany. Until then everybody can still sign on via www.no-patents-on-seeds.org.
But there is more going on in the European countryside. A Europe-wide coalition including Via Campesina has launched a European Food Declaration for food sovereignty. A healthy farmers’ community and local food production, independent of massive animal feed imports, that is what we need to be ready for a future with serious oil shortage and climate change. In the Netherlands the platform Aarde Boer Consument (Earth Farmer Consumer) is initiator of this action to influence upcoming European Agriculture Policy changes. At the same time local food initiatives are developed in which consumers and producers work together to produce local, socially sustainable food without any corporate involvement. In 2010 ASEED will start a project to stimulate and support the creation of such food co-operatives.