Andrew C (✔)
Control by seed - The Express Tribune -
"To the rest of the world, Abu Ghraib is associated with inhuman torture, incarceration without trial and arrogant US unilateralism. To the farmers of Iraq, Abu Ghraib was better known for the national seed gene bank, started in the early 70s. In fact, Iraq's most well-known wheat variety is known as 'Abu Ghraib'. The country precious heritage is now all but lost." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"As soon as the US took over Iraq, it became clear its interests were not limited to oil. In 2004, Paul Bremer, the then military head of the Provisional Authority imposed as many as a hundred laws which made short work of Iraq's sovereignty. The most crippling for the people and the economy of Iraq was Order 81 which deals, among other things, with plant varieties and patents. The goal was brutally clear-cut and sweeping -- to wipe out Iraq's traditional, sustainable agriculture and replace it with oil-chemical-genetically-modified-seed-based industrial agriculture." - Andrew C (✔)
"There was no public or parliamentary debate for the conquered people who never sought war. The conquerors made unilateral changes in Iraq's 1970 patent law: henceforth, plant forms could be patented -- which was never allowed before -- while genetically-modified organisms were to be introduced. Farmers were strictly banned from saving their own seeds: this, in a country where, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, 97 per cent of Iraqi farmers planted only their own saved seeds." - Andrew C (✔)
"It was in the early seventies that Henry Kissinger devised the chilling plan to control countries by replacing their self-sufficiency with food and seed dependency. A cartel controlled by the leading financial families of Britain, US, Holland and Australia, began to buy up all the world's major sources of food and seed. The six leading grain companies -- Cargill, Continental, Louis Dreyfus, Bunge and Born, Andre, and Archer Daniel Midlands/Topfer -- completely dominate the world's grain and cereals supplies." - Andrew C (✔)