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.
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Photos: Falk Heller
Sculptures: Freia Hellenkamp