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You Are Destroying the Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources

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- 1365 days ago -
To member governments of the governing body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources (IT PGRFA), Meeting in Rome 5-9 October 2015: We want to tell you that you are in the process of destroying the treaty. It is organising the theft of our...


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Animae C (509)
Tuesday September 29, 2015, 5:19 pm
T.Y. Kathy

penny C (83)
Tuesday September 29, 2015, 6:14 pm
Thanks Kathy.

Lawrence D (3)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 9:55 am

Roberto Meritoni (3)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 12:13 pm

Roberto Meritoni (3)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 12:14 pm

Janet B (0)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 1:04 pm

Julie W (33)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 9:38 pm
This is so immoral! Thanks Kathy. Petition signed.

Julie W (33)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 9:41 pm
Oops! Couldn't sign it. How did others do it?

. (0)
Thursday October 1, 2015, 8:46 am
Noted with thanks.

pam w (139)
Thursday October 1, 2015, 9:39 am
Thanks, Kathy!

Janet B (0)
Thursday October 1, 2015, 12:38 pm

Birgit W (160)
Thursday October 1, 2015, 2:05 pm

Kyle Ness (0)
Thursday October 1, 2015, 7:12 pm
The average farmer will only use any specific variety of seed for up to 5 years all while rotating in newer varieties and genetics to see how each performs on the land. Newer varieties often perform better and the older variety falls into history, usually due to cases of disease or other issues. (common with cereal grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, rice, a few others). Other crops are grown by growers with more specialized equipment to handle the crop for next years seed and to clean it. Farmers always pick what best works for their land.

Kathy B (106)
Thursday October 1, 2015, 8:06 pm
Kyle, you have no idea what this article is about. Will you ever care about anything except what goes on in your own tiny world?

Anne F (17)
Thursday October 1, 2015, 9:58 pm
Another mess - saving seed is one of the great achievements of human beings and seed companies are wrong!

Janet B (0)
Friday October 2, 2015, 3:59 pm

Sheila D (28)
Friday October 2, 2015, 4:08 pm
Noted with concern. We can only hope ALL farmers dealing with those systematically destroying our earth will hold on and stop contributing seeds. Thanks for the post, Kathy.

Kevin C (2)
Friday October 2, 2015, 5:54 pm
Kyle wake up please. Your comment bore no relevance to the article and only served to prove even more how self centred and blinkered you are to the real threats facing humanity and the planet.
Just so you get what its about here is a simple synopsis. Via Campesina, along with several other groups and international suport managed to establish a law to protect the Natural plant genetic resources. Unfortunately the powers that be simply saw this as an opportunity to take over allthis genetic diversity in plants and more or less give it to thecorporations to patent. They are still trying to further that agenda as I type. The petition is trying to stop this happening and thus protect the rights of the indigenous tribes and the ordinary farmers everywhere to save seeds, grow diverse crops and basically feed themselves without there being a patent or intellectual property rights tag attached. After all these seeds actually belong to these tribal people and are being stolen by the corporations for profit and dontrol of the population and no other reason.
As for your crops please note that your grain crops are all hybrids. They will be vulnerable to all manner of diseases and it is only the existence and diversity of Landrace and Open Pollinating crops that permits the seed breeders to develop your common hybrid seeds.
So you see two totally different issues.
So please do try reading the article first next time before going off at a tangent. It avoids a lot of unnecessary explanations.
Have a very nice day.

Kyle Ness (0)
Monday October 5, 2015, 7:30 pm
Kathy, I pretty much spoke for all farmers with that. Regardless of what they raise.

Kyle Ness (0)
Monday October 5, 2015, 7:37 pm
Researchers do look into many thousands of seeds of thousands of plants used for consumption. Many look for ways to improve on what is currently available. Tribes may have noticed an issue with what they do raise and looking to improve on it through breeding with another variety of that species. You may think a plant seed can be of same variety for many decades, but what few realize is that within that genetic code things can happen naturally that harms the plant. You can't expect to plant one single variety of one crop year after year and expect to never have a problem down the road at some point in the future.

donna m (97)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 12:28 am

donna m (97)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 12:29 am
thanks for sharing

Jim M (38)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 1:46 am

Jim M (38)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 1:47 am
thank you

Kevin C (2)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 4:44 pm
All you are doing Kyle is promoting the biotech corporations angle for their continued ownership of what is not theirs to own. You argue to justify their continued exploitation of what is not theirs to be exploited. Yet you disregard every comment that challenges or questions that viewpoint. Every time any of us point out the criminal or the corrupt or the lack of scientific proof for the corporations behaviour you run to their defence. Every time you do that you convince me even more that you are an employee of Monsanto.
Monsanto has been meddling with seeds for less than one century. Indigenous tribes have been growing and saving and cross breeding open pollinating seeds and Landrace seeds for the better part of 14,000 years. Now please stop trying to tell us that our 'simple' cross breeding is going to lead to some undesirable side effects or traits. It hasn't done so far. Yet Monsanto has been responsible for some really dodgy seeds over the last 20 years of GMO manipulations. You cannot tell me that Monsanto knows better than over 200 generations of indigenous humans. No way!

Kyle Ness (0)
Thursday October 8, 2015, 7:28 pm
Kevin, didn't you notice i never said a word about biotech in my previous comments nor did i mention Monsanto. I simply stated that farmers always look for the best varieties, best genetics that will work on their farm. Most of the aspect of cross breeding has been in the past 100 years and sent yields of crops from levels that had not changed in centuries to rapid advancement in yields with each decade since.
Now it Sounds like you agree that Biotech is superior in crop genetics lol

Kevin C (2)
Friday October 9, 2015, 11:48 am
If you had even taken one second to read your PR claptrap you would realise that what you previously said is in fact Biotech PR crap. But hey ho you don't get any arguments we put to you so in a nutshell its hardly like we have come to expect anything more from someone like you. Your like the village idiot who doesn't get it that they are the village idiot.

Kyle Ness (0)
Monday October 12, 2015, 11:35 pm
Let's just say I have friends that work in Plant breeding facilities in 3 Universities and 4 seed companies. They work with hundreds of different kinds of plant species, the universities, A few Thousand plants, varieties. It has all been to the benefit to all humans and animals. the only idiot is the one that keeps planting the same thing over and over and over again then wonders why the production is going down or why the leaves are getting spots. It's not healthy to plant the same exact species, variety over and over again. we learned that 90 years ago here and a few hundred years ago in Ireland.

Kevin C (2)
Tuesday October 13, 2015, 6:03 am
The point about your seed researchers is well made with regards to profitability for your friends in the seed industry. Unfortunately you neglected to tell us all about the 'hybrid' effect. Every 'hybrid' seed will grow as the seed designers want it to for one season only then its offspring, which we generally consume in some way, if saved to replant will revert to type. By that I mean grownas one of its parent seed types grow. The parent seeds arenthe ones they used to create the hybrid. So if the parent produces lots of very tiny seeds so will the second generation, ie the saved seed. So everything that the parents were renowned for will emerge in the saved seeds and the wonderful traits that the scientists imbued their hybrid with will be lost.
This means the farmers have to buy fresh seed every year. Those that cannot afford to rely on seed saving and this is where the poor returns occur. Not because old open pollinated seeds are bad or poor in production terms but because someone has conned the farmers into believeing that these hybrids are the real deal.
As for the Irish Potato Famine it was due to planting the same fields with potatoes and this led to an increase in blight pathogens in the soil. Simple crop rotation and the use of a different potato variety once in a while would have avoided the problem. Unfortunately the Irish farmers and the Irish people had become dependent on potatoes so when they faiked they had nothing else. The British Government of the day refused to help even though it could so we eneded with millions dying or emigrating to the US. History lesson over.
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