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Chile: War Over Seeds

Author: Daniela Estrada, IPS, Published on: 3 September 2009

Environmental organisations, organic farmers and indigenous people in Chile are opposed to a draft law that would expands the rights of the developers of new varieties of plants…breeders would have exclusive rights to propagate, sell or market the plant…“We believe the draft law under debate threatens food sovereignty by leaving the genetic material of plant varieties in just a few hands, especially those of transnational corporations." [says Guillermo Riveros, Association of Organic Farmers of the Bío-Bío region]...The government maintains that the introduced changes will foster research and development into new varieties of plants.

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