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Goodbye “Monsanto Law” in Guatemala

The “Law for the Protection of Vegetables” was quickly passed in Guatemalan Congress in June 2014, with little debate and, per experts, virtually no technical testimony as to the potential impact of the legislation.  Popularly know as the “Monsanto Law”, LPV allowed for the patent of the genetic material of seeds and plants.  A movement of indigenous, campesino, and environmental rights groups were quick to protest the law, leading Congress to overturn it in early September. The legislation is significant, as it points to how CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement) privileges multinational profits over local producers.

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