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    The Trade Related Intellectual Property (TRIPs) agreements within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have become de facto law, as most nations have signed onto the WTO. The WTO replaced theh General Agreement on Trade and Tarriffs (GATT) as the global trade regulation body. This organisation is, indeed, evil, with little or no representation of people, and with corporate interests seen as overriding the "trade barriers" of nations. Some of the aspects include the right to own not only seeds and genetic material, including that of human genes, plants, and patenting of natural substances used in traditional medicine. It also includes the ownership of shape, colour, smell and other sensory cues under design law. Pink Batts own pink, for building insulation. Coke owns the shape of...see more »The Trade Related Intellectual Property (TRIPs) agreements within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have become de facto law, as most nations have signed onto the WTO. The WTO replaced theh General Agreement on Trade and Tarriffs (GATT) as the global trade regulation body. This organisation is, indeed, evil, with little or no representation of people, and with corporate interests seen as overriding the "trade barriers" of nations. Some of the aspects include the right to own not only seeds and genetic material, including that of human genes, plants, and patenting of natural substances used in traditional medicine. It also includes the ownership of shape, colour, smell and other sensory cues under design law. Pink Batts own pink, for building insulation. Coke owns the shape of it's bottle.Yes, seeds are owned. Any nation in violation of WTO risks sanctions, so most nations have embodied WTO regulation into law.

    Not true. Most nations have laws against "seed saving" of patented plants. Not sure about propagation from cuttings. Like many things, if it is for your home garden, you are unlikely to have problems. If it is for your home farm, you well may. Something else to think about: A major problem with patented and GM plants is that to various degrees, they are genetic monocultures. This makes them highly vulnerable to disease. Propagating such plants even for yourself makes you as vulnerable as they are.Something else: Many patented plants, esp Monsanto products, are designed to be very good with certain proprietary additions, rhyzobium for soy, glyphosphate for "roundup-ready" plants, heavy fertilisation for many "green revolution" plants. They often are less har...see more »Not true. Most nations have laws against "seed saving" of patented plants. Not sure about propagation from cuttings. Like many things, if it is for your home garden, you are unlikely to have problems. If it is for your home farm, you well may. Something else to think about: A major problem with patented and GM plants is that to various degrees, they are genetic monocultures. This makes them highly vulnerable to disease. Propagating such plants even for yourself makes you as vulnerable as they are.Something else: Many patented plants, esp Monsanto products, are designed to be very good with certain proprietary additions, rhyzobium for soy, glyphosphate for "roundup-ready" plants, heavy fertilisation for many "green revolution" plants. They often are less hardy and less productive than traditional plants (less robust) without these things. Use traditional and heritage varieties. Work for plant diversity.

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