The German parliament, in response to the European Patent office, granting a patent on conventional broccoli breeding, moved to pass a bill at the ends of July prohibiting the patenting of plants and animals derived from conventional breeding. The bill was implemented to the array of protests from many civil society organizations which requested changes in patent law to prevent patents such as the recently granted “patent on severed broccoli” from Monsanto (EP 1597965).
Seminis, a subsidiary company owned by Monsanto, was granted the patent on broccoli derived from conventional breeding, a concept that would be prohibited under U.S. patent law. The plants, which are supposed to make harvesting easier, are derived from conventional cross-breeding and selection. The patent covers the plants, the seeds and the “severed broccoli head”.
“We are calling for broad support of our opposition against the patent on ‘severed broccoli’. The EPO and Monsanto are on a confrontation course with European society”, says Christoph Then for No Patents on Seeds! “We intend to send a clear signal that we will not let our food be monopolised.”
No patent for Seeds.