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Treaty on plant genetic resources under threat. A warning from the farmers' seeds network

The farmers’ seeds network addressed a message to the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT-PGRFA), convened in Rome from 5th to 9th October, to warn against the threat of new patents on native seeds.

"We want to tell you" - starts the message - "that you are in the process of destroying the treaty. It is organising the theft of our seeds and our knowledge. We can no longer continue to give them to researchers and other prospectors that come and collect them in our fields, to then put them in the gene banks under the auspices of the Treaty. As long as you do not ban all bio-pirated patents, as long as farmers do not have a right to keep, use, exchange and sell seeds from their own harvests, then we will not collaborate with research and gene banks that serve the multinational seed companies."

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