240.000 signatures against patents on seeds


240.000 signatures against patents on seeds - Protest in front of the Ministry of Justice in Berlin

On 23 November 2022, the international coalition, No Patents on seeds!, was staging a demonstration outside the German Federal Ministry of Justice in Berlin. The participants are urging the authorities to take effective measures against patents being granted on plants and animals derived from conventional breeding. Two-meter-high sculptures are erected to symbolize patents on plants, such as ‘screaming’ tomatoes, broccoli, barley and maize. All these represent a growing number of patents on conventionally-bred seeds that have been granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) in recent years.

The press release

For photos in high resolution please contact: johanna.eckhardt@no-patents-on-seeds.org

Photos: Falk Heller

Sculptures: Freia Hellenkamp