Guatemala rejects the Monsanto law
Sep 05, 2014
Last June, Guatemala rejected Monsanto’s attempt to take control of the food industry.
On 10 June, the Congress of Guatemala approved Decree 19-214 or the “Law for the Protection of New Plant Varieties” which led to an outpouring of criticism from various sectors of civil society.
This law, published on 26 June, protects the intellectual property of plant breeders deemed to have “created” or “discovered” new plant varieties, or genetically modified existing ones.
This way, the beneficiaries of the law—“breeders”, which are typically companies producing transgenic seeds like the transnational corporation Monsanto—obtain rights over the use of such varieties, in the form of plants or seeds.
The problem with the Monsanto Law is that their GMO plants end up pollinating the other fields, contaminating them by natural wind action. When this has happened in America, Monsanto has been known to sue the farmers for the so-called benefit obtained by this cross pollination! That is one of the most wretched legal tricks in the book, where they sue the victims of contamination!
It appears that Guatemala and Mexico have heard how Monsanto is taking over the food industry and is trying to destroy all diversity of plant life, which they consider to be competing with their own seeds.