Monsanto is a dirty word in the eyes of environmentalists the world over. A by-word for corporate greed and manipulation of food growing practises anywhere it can suss out a profit.
It's the Goldman Sachs of the food world.
Today Monsanto owns 'patents' on 36% of all tomato, 32% of all sweet pepper and 49% of all cauliflower varieties registered in the EU. And the list is growing. The aim is corporate ownership of food production.
Do your bit for the future of safe and sustainable food production and an end to food production manipulation by a Company that wants to dictate what's grown where and by whom and to profit on the back of both.Once a patent exists in one country, trade agreements and negotiations often push other countries to honour it as well. That's why these food patents change everything about how our food chain works: for thousands of years, farmers could choose which seeds they’d use without worrying about getting sued for violating intellectual property rights. But now, companies launch expensive legal campaigns to buy patents on conventional plants and force farmers to pay exorbitant royalty fees. Monsanto and Co. claim that patents drive innovation -- but in fact they create a corporate monopoly of our food.
Monsanto is the champion of GM foods, but now wants to extend its 'ownership' of ordinary food patents to maximise profits and reduce the choices that growers currently enjoy.
Avaaz - Monsanto vs. Mother Earth