Target: President of Mexico Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa
Goals: Support the efforts of small farmers in Mexico working against a law that would undermine farmers’ rights, and tell the Mexican Government to resist industry-friendly legislation in the future.
A contingent of farmers in Mexico is taking on agri-business corporations, like the infamous Monsanto, that are trying to monopolize seed and food patents through the passing of legislation. In the ongoing battle between small farmers and agricultural monopolies, round one belongs to the little guy.
As discussed extensively in an article by Nation of Change, on March 14th, the corporate giants pushed a bill that would modify existing legislation, making federal laws that would protect the interests of corporations over those of the Mexican public. The resulting uprising of farmers across Mexico was enough to put the bill to rest, for now.
The article goes on to describe how the bill threatens free access to plant biodiversity for agricultural purposes, and “the proposed modifications promote a privatizing model that uses patents and “Plant Breeders’ Rights’ (PBR) to deprive farmers of centuries of developing seed.” The law would also apply to genetically modified crops.
Going even further, the law would restrict farmers’ access to any part of their own harvest resulting from seeds or material purchased from patent holders. These farmers would not be allowed to use, for themselves or their families, any part of the crop yield that came from patented seeds.
No one should own seed and food rights. This group of bold farmers must be commended for standing against Monsanto. Sign below to support their efforts, and tell the President of Mexico and Mexican Government this type of legislation cannot be passed now or in the future.
Dear President of Mexico Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa,
The recent legislation put before you, now known as the “Monsanto Law,” would be a clear violation of farmers’ rights.
Monsanto already holds a monopoly over seed production in Mexico and across the world. To give an agri-business giant, or anyone for that matter, control over seed and food rights would trigger dire consequences for the farmers in your country.
Simply put, privatization of food patents will only help the already wealthy. It will further complicate and degrade the lives of farmers, who have lived off and farmed the land for centuries.
Please make sure legislation like this never becomes part of Mexican law now or in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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