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New ‘Monsanto Law’ in Africa Would Force GMOs on Farmers

by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:

The front lines of the food sovereignty war in Ghana are swelling as the national parliament gives support to the Plant Breeders Bill. This proposed legislation contains rules that would restrict farmers from ancient practices: freely saving, swapping, and breeding seeds. Under new laws protecting the intellectual property rights of biotech, farmers would be subject to hefty fines for growing anything that has been ‘patented,’ even if their crops were cross-pollinated.

The obviously biotech-infiltrated Ghanaian government states that the new laws would “incentivize the development of new seed varieties to ensure the marketability of crops,” but farmers argue it gives rights straight to corporations like Monsanto, and not farmers who have been growing food in Ghana for centuries.

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1 comment to New ‘Monsanto Law’ in Africa Would Force GMOs on Farmers

  • Ed_B

    Well, here we go again. There are places in Africa and elsewhere around the world where people are much more worried about getting enough to eat than they are about what they eat. I sympathize with them for that, as hunger can be a severe and devastating problem, particularly in areas that are also affected by poverty. That also just happens to make their “leaders” more susceptible to being bribed by foreign corporations of low repute. This idea of preventing farmers from growing the crops that they have always grown is stupidity at its finest and is likely accompanied by governmental and corporate skulduggery at its worst.

    Those of us in the US and other places who raise some of our own food via a garden know the true value of heritage seeds that can be sown, crops raised and harvested, and the seeds saved for next year’s planting. I neither want nor need any genetically engineered food plants or the seeds to grow them. IMO, these are a danger to humans, animals, and the food supply that feeds us all. I am MUCH more concerned about possible genetic effects in humans from these GMOs than I am about farmers squeezing out a few percentage points more profit from their work. If they need a higher price for their products to achieve this, then fine, I will pay it. What I cannot pay, however, is the cost of my grand children becoming sterile or having other genetic problems caused by the food they consume. AFAIK, this has not been the subject of any long-term test programs whatever. If I am wrong about this, please correct me and list sources for reading about it, as I am very interested in reviewing any such studies. As a retired scientist, I am well aware of how such studies should be conducted and the checking and cross-checking that is necessary to peer review all that is done in them. Real scientists revere the truth, whatever it may be, and do not have any agendas that are of a higher calling than that. People who do are not scientists, IMO, and are merely tech-titutes who sell their expertise to the highest bidder regardless of the consequences to others, society, and human civilization.

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