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The organisations behind No Patents On Seeds are especially concerned about increasing number of patents on plants, seeds and farm animals and their impact on farmers, breeders, innovation and biodiversity. These patents create new dependencies for farmers, breeders, food producers and consumers. These patents have to be regarded as misappropriation of basic resources in farm and food production and as general abuse of patent law. We call for an urgent re-think of European patent law in biotechnology and plant breeding and to support clear regulations that exclude from patentability processes for breeding, genetic material, plants and animals and food derived thereof.

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US: From greenhouse to store shelves in a matter of minutes

Chris Williams is the operator of a BrightFarms greenhouse in Yardley,Pa., that will provide fresh produce to a supermarket only a half a block away.

“This company is extremely forward-thinking,” said Williams. “This is a groundbreaking opportunity and I wanted to be a part of it.”

BrightFarms contacted Williams while he was managing a hydroponic greenhouse in Vermont. After thinking it over, he moved his family to Pennsylvania to become part of the BrightFarms project.

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