More proof that the great battles of the 21st century will be about copyright, and I’m not talking mp3s.
Iraq Farmers are not Celebrating World Food Day
As part of sweeping ‘economic restructuring’ implemented by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save their seeds. Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US corporations — which can include seeds the Iraqis themselves developed over hundreds of years. That is because in recent years, transnational corporations have patented and now own many seed varieties originated or developed by indigenous peoples. In a short time, Iraq will be living under the new American credo: Pay Monsanto, or starve.
On the other hand, who’s going to enfore this? Our already stretched and bunkerized military? Monsanto representatives? The village cop?