Trade Deals Criminalize Farmers’ Seeds

GRAIN | 18 November 2014 | Against the grain

What could be more routine than saving seeds from one season to the next? After all, that is how we grow crops on our farms and in our gardens. Yet from Guatemala to Ghana, from Mozambique to Malaysia, this basic practice is being turned into a criminal offence, so that half a dozen large multinational corporations can turn seeds into private property and make money from them.

But people are fighting back and in several countries popular mobilizations are already forcing governments to put seed privatization plans on hold.


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