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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #237 - Agriculture: Sowing the struggle reap victory (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:49:24 +0300


The law on counterfeits has been integrating an agricultural component that strengthens patent rights intensifying its control and repression. Confédération Paysanne, after a major struggle, managed to remove articles on the seeds of this law. His secret? First stop waxing pumps socialist power! ---- On 20 November 2013, senators approved a bill which, under the pretext of fighting against counterfeiting, de facto condemns any farmer that produces its seeds on the farm, its plants, its breeding or natural preparations of micro organisms or other natural elements from the farm or the natural environment. Any farmer will not have bills will be considered a priori infringer. ---- This law criminalizes several founders and agriculture acts and transforms the peasant offender, limiting personal freedoms. These consequences are unacceptable and totally deny the history of agriculture: the work of generations of farmers millennium was used to select and maintain a cultivated variety to feed people.

Strengthened patent

It is clear that this law is primarily aimed at putting the state, justice and police, in direct service of holders of intellectual property rights private companies (IPR). All devices fight against counterfeiting involving trademarks, all patents, including patents on plants, animals and micro-organisms are strengthened. Seed industries so lock one of the keystones of agriculture.

Union strategy not to splash too much socialos is a failure. They trample the proposals of unionism left and follow those of unionism right FNSEA. Confédération Paysanne has changed strategy. She organized activities throughout France with partner organizations, has organized lobbying MPs and changed the tone of his communications to something more offensive.

Store the box in the closet shine

February 5, MEPs adopted an amendment excluding seed farm law on counterfeiting. Even if victory is not complete and that all seeds are not freely available, it is an important first step.

This is an example that to win you have to be offensive. The central principle is that the socialist government meets the balance of forces in the same way that the power of right. And applies the same policy. The great promise of departure are reduced to almost nothing and you have to fight for each amendment.

The lesson of this union victory is clear. We must not concede and fight toe to toe corporate power and state that defends their interests. Victories call victories, continue on this path.

Georges Claas (AL Var)
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