New genetic engineering: Two biotech giants are endangering our nutrition with patents and new genetic engineering
Report uncovers duplicity of corporations The two biotech corporations Corteva and Bayer have accumulated hundreds of patent applications on plants in recent years. Corteva has filed 1.430 patents - more than any other company - on crops using genetic engineering methods.
Report reveals duplicity by corporations
The two biotech companies Corteva and Bayer have accumulated hundreds of patent applications on plants in recent years. Corteva has filed 1.430 patents - more than any other company - on crops using genetic engineering methods. A joint international research by GLOBAL 2000, Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), ARCHE NOAH, IG Saatgut - interest group for GMO-free seed work and Vienna Chamber of Labor examines this flood of patents against the background of the currently discussed deregulation of EU genetic engineering law with imminent Exceptions for New Genetic Engineering (NGT).
Corteva and Bayer control patent business in agriculture
Biotech companies such as Corteva and Bayer praise new genetic engineering processes as 'natural' processes that cannot be detected and should therefore be exempt from European Union safety controls and labeling regulations for genetically modified foods. At the same time, they are preparing further NGT patent applications to secure their technical innovations and thereby widen loopholes in patent law.
Demands for diverse, climate-friendly agriculture
Concentration in the seed market driven by patents will lead to less diversity. However, the climate crisis is forcing us to switch to climate-resilient cultivation systems, which require not less, but more diversity. Patents give global corporations control over crops and seeds, restrict access to genetic diversity and threaten food security. We demand that loopholes in European patent law in the field of biotechnology and plant breeding be closed as a matter of urgency and that clear regulations be made that exclude conventional breeding from patentability," says Katherine Dolan from ARCHE NOAH. Plant breeders need access to genetic material to develop climate-friendly crops. Farmers' right to seeds must be guaranteed.
“New genetic engineering in agriculture must continue to be regulated in accordance with the precautionary principle. NGT crops need to be properly regulated, with labeling and safety controls to protect human health and the environment, to ensure transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain for consumers and farmers,” demands Brigitte Reisenberger, GLOBAL 2000 genetic engineering spokesperson.
Together we can ensure that groceries from NGT do not cheat their way into our shopping carts unnoticed!
Everything about new genetic engineering can be found here: https://www.global2000.at/neue-gentechnik
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