No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, MEPs said in a non-legislative resolution on Thursday. Patent-free access to biological plant material is essential to boost innovation and competitiveness of the European plant-breeding and farming sectors, […]

The Parliament rejects cultivating the wrong seeds of the Commission

Production, reproduction, trade and use of seeds for sowing are highly complex activities with far-reaching implications, affecting the entire agro-food sector. They concern mainly the productivity in the cultivation of cereals and oil seeds; that is, products which play a crucial role in food self-sufficiency and constitute the very base of the entire food chain, […]