250.000 maize kernels for 250.000 signatures


On 13 December 2022, the international coalition of No Patents on Seeds! handed over 250.000 organic maize kernels to the European Patent Office (EPO). Each kernel represents a signature on a current petition against patents on conventionally-bred plants. The demands are supported by more than 70 organizations from 18 countries. The protest took place to coincide with a meeting of the Administrative Council, and focused also on a patent recently granted to the German company, KWS. This patent includes non-genetically engineered maize plants.

Find the press release here (13 December 2022)

The petition

The report on KWS patents

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

Photos: Falk Heller

Sculptures: Freia Hellenkamp