UN Conference Pushes Plant Breeding; Others See Food Security in Jeopardy
IP Watch, 23 September 2009

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Participants at the second World Seed Conference, held from 8-10 September 2009, at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, agreed that access to genetic resources and the protection of intellectual property rights are essential to sustain plant breeding. But key opponents not present at the meeting claim that plant breeding will endanger biodiversity, sustainability and ultimately food security. Upgrading the UPOV Convention to provide stricter exclusive rights to commercial plant breeders “will further undermine the rights of farmers and promote the loss of seed diversity that poor communities depend on for their resilience to changing climatic conditions,” said Krystyna Swiderska, researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development. Read the article … The Conference conclusions …