First of all, let's not forget, Seed is in itself is a good of humanity. It is also a kind of "open source", a gift by nature so to speak. After 15 years of war & conflict reporting I thought nothing can really surprise me anymore. But every now and then, when some bureaucrats are waffling nonsense because they must be compliant to the relevant lobbyists some of their short sighted views are really going too far... If this law, the politically "responsible" European policy makers are proposing we all will be soon in the hands of Bayer-Bio-Tech, Monsanto and this bunch of problem-makers.
What does "copyright protected" seeds really mean is this: the crop needs a specific fertilizer. Its GM or a hybrid. You only can by it once. And then next year again, and again, and again. Too bad if you don't have the financial resources to pay for this "copyright protected" seeds. Not only that some poorer farmer in poorer countries will be left out, worse if they don't have the money, they don't get the seed. So they can starve to death once they have had to sell their land. Actually a nice way to cut the budgets for defense spending monsters of our war ministries, we will not need to fight wars anymore, we just starve the people till they surrender.
on the production and making available on the market of plant reproductive material
(plant reproductive material law)
This Regulation lays down rules on:
the production, with a view to making available on the market, of plant reproductive material protected by intellectual property rights ; and
the making available on the market of such plant reproductive material.
This Regulation shall not apply to plant reproductive material:
belonging to the public domain;
intended solely for testing or scientific purposes;
intended solely for breeding purposes;
intended solely for, and maintained by, gene banks, organisations and networks of conservation of genetic resources, or persons belonging to those organisations or networks;
exchanged in kind between persons other than professional operators.
For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions shall apply:
‘public domain’ means plant reproductive material not protected by any kind of intellectual property rights
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