Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture

Kein Patent auf Leben

Wem gehört die Vielfalt des Planeten? Patente, Monopole und Widerstand gegen Biopiraten und Lebenspatente

Organisator: Christoph Then, scouting biotechnology, Deutschland

Redner: Geoff Tansey, Joseph Rowntree Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World , UK
Tina Goethe, Swissaid, Schweiz
Mariam Mayet, African Centre Biosafety, Südafrika
Mute Schimpf,  Misereor, Deutschland
Ruth Tippe, No Patents On Life !, Deutschland

Outline:
In diesem Workshop wollen wir einen Überblick geben über die Lage der Patente und Bewegungen und Widerstände gegen Biopiraterie und Lebenspatente. Dazu gehören auch neuere Diskussionen um Patente auf Pflanzen und Nutztiere, sowie die fortlaufende Diskussion über Patente für gentechnisch manipulierte Pflanzen und es werden einige Fallberichte zu Biopiraterie der Pharmaindustrie vorgestellt. Auch wird die Frage nach Zugang und Gewinnteilung diskutiert werden.

Programme:
Introduction/ Chair: Christoph Then (former Greenpeace) 
First part: perspectives from the south
    Mute Schimpf (Misereor): Patents on seeds and the perspective of development countries
    Mariam Mayet (African Centre Biosaftey): Biopiracy – a spotlight from South Africa
first round of discussion

second part: European perspectives
   Goeff Tansey (publisher): The Future Control of Food
   Tina Goethe (SWISSAID): No Patents On Seeds  - an international coalition
   Ruth Tippe (No Patents On Life!): Overview – Patents on Animals in Europe
second round of discussions

 Final discussion: Sending a signal against patents on life and biopiracy

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About the experts and the presentations:
Tina Goethe works for the organisation SWISSAID in Switzerland which is engaged in development politics and questions related to food sovereignty, (www.swissaid.ch). She will present a global coalition against patents on seeds and farm animals (www.no-patents-on-seeds.org)
Mariam Mayet works for the African Centre Biosafety, she will especially talk a about a case of Biopiracy from South Africa (www.biosafetyafrica.net)
Mute Schimpf is working for Misereor, the German Catholic Bishops' Organisation for Development (www.misereor.de). Misereor has many partners in the development countries and was for example active against a patent of Dupont on high-oil maize from Latin America.
Geoff Tansey, a well known author from UK will talk about “Global rules, patent power and the future control of food” ( www.tansey.org.uk).
The book is also freely available online in HTML and XML formats on IDRC’s website
Christoph Then was working for Greenpeace Germany as an expert on patents and genetic engineering. Right now he is working as consultant and project manager (www.scouting-biotechnology.net)
Ruth Tippe is working for the Initiative „No Patents On Life“. She does regular research at the European Patent Office and will give an overview on latest developments in the field of patents on animals. (www.keinpatent.de)

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