BBC NEWS – EU backs poor farmers' seed use

Far more important the the ‘Frankenfoods’ fears associated with GM is the way biotech companies can restrict the freedom of choice for consumers and farmers. Companies can claim ownership of the end product and force farmers to buy new stocks every year. They also like to take crops that have been used for generations, patent ‘features’ and effectively steal them from common ownership. Basically, bio-pirates are scum, and the EU is proposing laws that would protect Third World farmers from them. Whether the corporate owned WTO goes along with it is another matter.


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