This week in review … Expanding scope of patents on GMOs puts farmers’ rights at risk, workshop says

9 12 2008

IP and Genetically Modified Organisms: A Fateful Combination, Activists Say

IP Watch, 2 December 2008

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: With the expanding scope of patents on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the implementation of such crops in most countries, farmers’ rights and biodiversity are at risk, and food security has become dependent on a few transnational biotechnological companies, according to speakers at a recent workshop in Geneva. The workshop was hosted by 3D -> Trade – Human Rights – Equitable Economy during an event organised by the Institute for Trade and Agriculture Policy from 24 to 26 November on the impact of trade and investment on the right to food.


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