Breaking the Agricultural Cycle
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The Ultimate War Crime: Breaking the Agricultural Cycle --For the record:
"U.S. declares Iraqis can not save their own seeds" --edited by Iman Khaduri
part of sweeping 'economic restructuring' implemented by the Bush
Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save
which include seeds the Iraqis themselves have developed over hundreds of
Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US corporations. That is
because in recent years, transnational corporations have patented and now
seed varieties originated or developed by indigenous peoples. In a short
Iraq will be living under the new American credo: Pay Monsanto, or starve.'
The American Administrator of the Iraqi CPA (Coalition Provisional
government, Paul Bremer, updated Iraq's intellectual property law to 'meet
current internationally-recognized standards of protection'. The updated law
saving seeds for next year's harvest, practiced by 97% of Iraqi farmers in
2002, and is the standard farming practice for thousands of years across
civilizations, to be now illegal. Instead, farmers will have to obtain a
license for genetically modified (GM) seeds from American corporations."