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No to the “Bayer-Monsanto” Seed Law negotiated behind the backs of the Argentine people

No to the “Bayer-Monsanto” Seed Law negotiated behind the backs of the Argentine people

Faced with this new attempt to modify the seed law, a broad group of peasant organizations, family farmers, native peoples, political, social and socio-environmental; and human rights organizations convened a press conference today, TUESDAY, 11/13 at 3:00 pm at the door of Congress.

The Agriculture Commission of the Chamber of Deputies convened a plenary of commissions for this Tuesday, November 13, in search of obtaining an opinion and advancing in the treatment of a new Seed Law before the end of the year.

For months, agribusiness corporations have been negotiating with the Executive Power the general guidelines for a new seed law, which will be granted to seed companies, such as Bayer-Monsanto, Syngenta-Chemchina, Corteva (DowDuPont), Basf and others, the possibility of ending farmers '“own use right”, and collecting royalties EACH TIME that farmers use a seed subject to breeders' rights. Thus transforming a right of all into an exception for some (registered in ad-hoc registers).

This is not the first attempt to modify Argentine law in the sense that the companies propose and it is part of a worldwide offensive to put seeds under corporate control, which are at the base of all agri-food chains.

The content of the text that they seek to approve was never in public debate nor was it put for consideration in the hearings that were held recently in the commission; It is the result of negotiations behind closed doors by a handful of agribusiness corporations, excluding the vast majority of the actors involved and citizens in general, which is why the maneuver they seek to carry out is profoundly undemocratic.

Faced with this new attempt to modify the seed law, a broad group of peasant organizations, family farmers, indigenous peoples, political, social and socio-environmental; and human rights organizations convened a press conference todayTUESDAY 11/13 at 3:00 p.m. at the door of the Congress. We invite the press to be present.

Press Contacts:

Tamara Perelmuter: 11-3778-8606
Carla Poth: 11-5029-6704
Fernando Cabaleiro: 11-3864-0522
Marcos Filardi: 11-4054-4317
Nahuel Levaggi: 11-3633-7324
Deolinda Carrizo: 11-3348-9316

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