Seed laws that criminalise farmers: poster, map, tables and additional country cases

by La Via Campesina | GRAIN | 5 Mar 2015

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Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised.

What can we do about this?

Download the report (4.5 MB)

Table of contents

• Introduction
• How seed laws make farmers’ seeds illegal
• African seeds: A treasure under threat
• The Americas: Massive resistance against “Monsanto laws”
• Asia: The struggle against a new wave of industrial seeds
• Europe: Farmers strive to rescue agricultural diversity
• Conclusion

Further resources

Additional country experiences – published by GRAIN
and La Via Campesina

Take action! – poster published by GRAIN and La Via Campesina

Seed laws around the world – map & table published by GRAIN

New trade deals legalise corporate theft, make farmers’ seeds illegal – report and two datasets published by GRAIN

Going further

La Via Campesina


Author: La Via Campesina | GRAIN
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