Guatemalan Organizations Fighting Newly Adopted ‘Monsanto Law’

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) –A group of indigenous organizations in Guatemala today demanded the repeal of the so-called “Monsanto Law” and announced protests on Tuesday against the Guatemalan Congress.

    The Observatory of Indigenous Peoples, in conjunction with the National Alliance for Life movement and over 20 social organizations spoke Sunday at a press conference against the Law for the Protection of New Plant Varieties.

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    That legislation, adopted on June 26, establishes and protects the intellectual property of new plant varieties in the country and allows patenting genetic tangible and intangible heritage.

    Local media and social organizations have dubbed it the “Monsanto Law”, in reference to the transnational firm Monsanto who is dedicated to developing new genetically modified crops, which activists say could destroy local varieties.

    Indigenous organizations announced they lodged a legal appeal to the Constitutional Cour, which takes effect on September 26.

    They also announced a demonstration in front of the Guatemalan Parliament on Tuesday to demand the annulment of the decree.

    The Law for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants was adopted as a requirement of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Central America, Dominican Republic and the United States signed in 2005.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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