Petition against patent monopolies on seeds!

We demand a moratorium for patents on plants and animals

PetitionIf you want to support the demand to stop the patenting of plants and animals derived from conventional breeding, you can sign our demands below online. Alternatively you can print a letter as a pdf (see below) and send it to „Keine Patente auf Saatgut!“ / Frohschammerstraße 14 / 80807 Munich, Germany until 31 May 2021.

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Foto: Falk Heller/Argum, Sculptures: Freia Hellenkamp


Stop patent monopolies on seeds!

We demand a moratorium for patents on plants and animals

We demand that the European Patent Office (EPO) takes urgent action to protect the common good by stopping patent monopolies on seeds. As long as we have no solution, there has to be a moratorium on patent applications for plants and animals!

After more than ten years of controversial debate, the EPO finally decided to prohibit patents on conventionally bred plants and animals. However, patents are still being granted on random mutation breeding. Several hundred conventionally bred varieties are already affected by patents in Europe.

According to European laws, patents on “essentially biological processes” for the breeding of plants and animals are prohibited. However, there is no clear legal distinction to technical processes of genetic engineering. These gaps in legal clarity could be resolved in the decision-making process of the Administrative Council of the EPO, which represents 38 contracting states and is responsible for the correct interpretation of European patent law.

Quick decisions are needed to prevent large companies from taking more and more control of the seed markets. If the contracting states of the EPO need more time for discussions, a moratorium for pending decisions for patents on plants and animals has to be put in place.

The demands as a pdf

Send us the demands via postal mail

The press release from 14 December 2020

The press release in Danish

Info to sign the petition in Danish


AGROLINK Association (Bulgaria)

Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft e.V. (AbL) (Germany)

Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Umweltbeauftragten der Gliedkirchen der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (agu) (Germany)

ARCHE NOAH (Austria)

Asociación de Agricultura Ecológica Tierra Fértil (Spain)

Asociación Vida Sana (Spain)

Bioland e.V. (Germany)

biorespect (Switzerland)

BUND Naturschutz in Bayern e.V. (Germany)

Coalition against BAYER-Dangers (CBG) (Germany)

Corporate Europe Observatory (Belgium)

Die Freien Bäcker e.V. (Germany)

Dachverband Kulturpflanzen- und Nutztiervielfalt e.V. (Germany)

Föreningen Sesam (Sweden)

Frøsamlerne (Danish Seed Savers)

Fundacja AgriNatura (Poland)

GAIA - Environmental Action and Intervention Group (Portugal)

Gen-ethical network (Germany)

Genussgemeinschaft Städter und Bauern e.V. (Germany)

Gesellschaft für ökologische Forschung (Germany)

IG Nachbau (Germany)

Kein Patent auf Leben (Germany)

Mouvement de l'Agriculture Bio-Dynamique (MABD) (France)

Navdanya International (Italy)

open house e.V. (Germany)

OpenSourceSeeds - Agrecol (Germany)

Oxfam (Int., Netherlands)

Palombar - Natural and Rural Heritage Conservation Association (Portugal)

Peliti (Greece)

Plataforma Transgénicos Fora (Portugal)

ProSpecieRara (Switzerland)

Public Eye (Switzerland)

Red de Semillas "Resembrando e Intercambiando" (Spain)

Sambucus e.V. (Germany)

Społeczny Instytut Ekologiczny (Social Ecological Institute) (Poland)

Stadtgarten Bebelhof - Braunschweig (Germany)

SWISSAID (Switzerland)

TRIAS Ambulante Sozialarbeit (Germany)

Umweltinstitut München e.V. (Germany)

VEN - Verein zur Erhaltung der Nutzpflanzenvielfalt e.V. (Germany)

Verband Katholisches Landvolk e.V. (Germany)