Call for a ministerial conference


Information about the petition in Danish

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Agricultural companies continue to hold patents on conventionally-bred fruits, vegetables and cereals, such as barley, even though this is not allowed under European patent law. Similar patents have also been filed on animals. Conventionally-bred plants and animals are not an invention! Implement existing prohibitions now to stop the big agricultural companies from taking control of our food!

Call for a ministerial conference

to stop patents on seeds!

Our demand: A conference of the ministers from the contracting states of the EPO to be held within one year, which must take prompt action to implement effective measures to stop patents on conventional plant and animal breeding. All possible measures must be taken on both a national and European level to stop patents on conventionally-bred plants and animals.

This must include prohibiting patents on the processes of crossing, selection and random mutations, as well as taking measures to prevent the extension of the scope of patents granted on genetic engineering techniques to plants and animals derived from conventional breeding.  

The scope of patents on plant and animal breeding needs to be restricted to the specific process of genetic engineering in order to make existing prohibitions effective.

More information about the petition

The press release on the start of the petition on 25 November 2021

Information about the petition in Danish

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Organisations who want to sign the petition can send an email to including their logo. 




Biorespect (DE)

Die Freien Brauer (The free brewers) (DE)

Gene-ethical network (DE)

Munic Environmental Institute (DE)

ProSpecieRara (DE / FR)

Public Eye (DE / FR)


WeMove Europe (DE / EN / ES / FR / IT / NL / PL)


    (last update: 21 April 2023)



Agent Green (Romania)

Agrar Koordination (Germany)

Agrolink (Bulgaria)

Aktion Agrar – Landwende jetzt! e.V. (Germany)

Aktionsbündnis gentechnikfreie Landwirtschaft (Germany)

ASEED Europe (Europe)

Asociación Vida Sana (Spain)

Associação Quinta das Águias (Portugal) 

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

Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Umweltbeauftragten der Gliedkirchen in der EKD (AGU) (Germany)

ARCHE NOAH  - Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung der Kulturpflanzenvielfalt und ihre Entwicklung (Austria)

Bingenheimer Saatgut AG (Germany)

biorespect (Switzerland)

Brot für die Welt (Germany)

BUND Naturschutz in Bayern e.V. (Germany)

CleanEarth4Kids (USA)

Coordination against BAYER-Dangers (Germany)

Copa and Cogeca (Europe)

Corporate Europe Observatory (Belgium)

CulturBrauer (Austria)

Demeter France (France)

"The Development Fund" (Utviklingsfondet) (Norway)

Die Freien Brauer (Germany)

Equivita (Italy)

European Consortium for Organic Plant Breeding (ECO-PB) (Europe)

Fräulein Brehms Tierleben (Germany)

Frøsamlerne (Danish Seed Savers) (Denmark)

GAIA - Environmental Action and Intervention Group (Portugal)

The Gaia Foundation Seed Sovereignty Programme for UK and Ireland (UK, Ireland)

Garden Organic (The Heritage Seed Library) (UK)

Gen-ethical network (Germany)

Genussgemeinschaft Städter und Bauern e.V. (Germany)

Giftfrei im 3Ländereck e.V. (Germany)

GMO Free USA / Toxin Free USA (USA)

GMWatch (UK)

IFOAM Organics Europe (Europe)

IG Nachbau (Germany)

Katholische Land Bewegung (KLB) Freiburg (Germany)

KBHFF (Denmark)

Kein Patent auf Leben (Germany)

Magház Association (Hungary)

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

Munich Environmental Institute (Germany)

Nature et Progrès (Belgium)

Netzwerk Solidarische Landwirtschaft e.V. (Germany)

Open house (Germany)

Open Source Seeds (Germany)

Oxfam (International)

Palombar - Associação de Conservação da Natureza e do Património Rural (Nature and Rural Heritage Conservation) (Portugal)

Peliti (Greece)

Plataforma Transgénicos Fora (Portugal)

ProSpecieRara (Germany)

ProSpecieRara (Switzerland)

Public Eye (Switzerland)

Rankwerk (Germany)

Red Andaluza de Semillas (Spain)

Red de Semillas (Spain)

Sativa (Switzerland)

Saat:gut e.V. (Germany)

Sambucus e.V. (Germany)

Save Our Seeds (Germany)

Seed Sovereignty - The Gaia Foundation (Ireland)

SE Essex Organic Gardeners (UK)

SITOseeds (Greece)

Slow Food Germany

SWISSAID (Switzerland)

Térrea - Associação para a Cultura, o Desenvolvimento Sustentável e a Cidadania (Portugal)

Verband Katholisches Landvolk e.V. (Germany)

Verein der Unabhängigen Privatbrauereien Österreichs (Austria)

Verein zur Erhaltung und Rekultivierung von Nutzpflanzen (VERN e.V.) (Germany)

Voedsel Anders (Belgium)

Voedselteams (Belgium)

Weihbischof Stephan Turnovszky (Austria)

WeMove Europe (Europe)

YERYUZU DERNEGI (Earth Association) (Turkey)

Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft (Germany)