By David Wilson
"Seems the total Americanisation of Iraq is the goal; latest news is that the Interim Administrator Paul Bremer has left imposing legislation on the new Iraqi Government, and specifically Order 81, on Patent, Industrial Design, Undisclosed Information, Integrated Circuits and plant variety. This Order 81 overrides all other laws in Iraq, and all original Patent laws of 1970, which in accordance with Iraqi constitution prohibited private ownership of biological resources, and undermines Iraq's food security.
"Iraq is home to the oldest agricultural traditions in the world. Previously they seed-saved and exchanged plant materials between farms and farming communities. This new law deprives these traditional farmers all this. Under the NEW US Order 81, they are not allowed to seed-save or exchange plant materials and they are only allowed to purchase from transactional agribusiness corporations. This US Order 81 introduces under law, a system of private monopoly rights over seeds and will force Iraqi farmers to rely on big US corporations to buy their yearly crop seeds for planting ..."
Source: CROPO, Official Journal of the Coffs Regional Organic Producers’ Organisation Inc, Issue 129; PO Box 363, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450, Australia; Website