There’s an Open letter To Members of the European Parliament and European Commission, calling for an urgent re-think of European patent law in biotechnology and plant breeding. Ten years of patents on plants and animals show that the negative impacts of the European Patent Directive cannot be ignored:
- There is a negative impact on innovation as breeders are not allowed to use the patented plants, animals or genetic material freely for further breeding.
- Patents have been the engine behind tremendous market concentration in the seed sector, destroying competition and forcing small and medium enterprises out of the market.
- Patents lead to higher prices for farmers, less choice for consumers and a negative impact on agro-biodiversity.
Go sign the petition. Thanks!