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Breaking the Agricultural Cycle

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  • Phil Slade
    This message forwarded from the Resurgence magazine mailing list, I have no way of verifying the content. The Ultimate War Crime: Breaking the Agricultural
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      This message forwarded from the Resurgence magazine mailing list, I have no
      way of verifying the content.

      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
      "As
      part of sweeping 'economic restructuring' implemented by the Bush
      Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save
      their seeds,
      which include seeds the Iraqis themselves have developed over hundreds of
      years.
      Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US corporations. That is
      because in recent years, transnational corporations have patented and now
      own many
      seed varieties originated or developed by indigenous peoples. In a short
      time,
      Iraq will be living under the new American credo: Pay Monsanto, or starve.'
      The American Administrator of the Iraqi CPA (Coalition Provisional
      Authority)
      government, Paul Bremer, updated Iraq's intellectual property law to 'meet
      current internationally-recognized standards of protection'. The updated law
      makes
      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
      human
      civilizations, to be now illegal. Instead, farmers will have to obtain a
      yearly
      license for genetically modified (GM) seeds from American corporations."
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