Seeds of Freedom

History is full of calamities caused by one-crop dependency, resulting in a famine when that crop suffers a blight, or infestation. Are GMO’s better at avoiding this catastrophe, or will they one day be the cause?

Industrial breeding and intellectual property rights including patents on seed fail to recognise nature’s contributions and farmers’ contribution in giving us climate resilient crops. Just as the jurisprudence of Terre Nullius defined the land as empty, and allowed the takeover of territories by the European colonies, the jurisprudence of intellectual property rights related to life forms is, in fact, a jurisprudence of “Bio Nullius” — life empty of intelligence. The Earth is defined as dead matter, so it cannot create. And the farmers have empty heads so they cannot breed seeds.

via Seeds of Freedom | Common Dreams.

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