“Am I a thief?” – What Rights Do I Have Over the Food I Buy?

After a constructive comment discussion with Margaret, a fellow blogger, I decided to write about something that I have been thinking about for a long time.

I will be brief. There is one type of chili I really, REALLY like that comes on the pizza I buy at my local shop. I haven’t been able to find the seeds to sell, so I decided to buy a pizza, open a few of these seeds and see if they will germinate (probably not, as they probably have been cooked and all). This is not the point, really.

If these seeds I saved, from the pizza I bought at my local shop, actually germinate and I am able to produce my own, am I a thief? Legally speaking, that is.

Well, there are precedents in some countries that if you buy seeds from a company, you have NO right to save them for future sowing (These companies shall remain nameless… Cough… MONSA.. Cough…)

I saved the seeds and will try to plant them. Does that make me a thief? In my opinion, NO! No one on Earth should be allowed to own any seeds or the intellectual property on them, regardless on how genetically modified to resist pesticides they have been.

Remember, these new seeds came from harvested seeds that belonged to no-one (or everyone). For a company to ruin people’s lives for something they shouldn’t own in the first place is horrible.

Seeds should belong to everyone and everyone should be allowed, without costs, to have access to whatever seeds they want.

But that is just me.

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14 thoughts on ““Am I a thief?” – What Rights Do I Have Over the Food I Buy?

    • So you agree that I am a thief? hehehehe!
      Just kidding, but it is a fuzzy law… If I bought the food, do I have the right to do whatever I want with it? What exactly am I buying??

      • Sorry, I really didn’t make my intention clear did I?
        If THAT company wants to claim proprietorship, process it and return it 🙂

      • I was just kidding! Yes, they say that since they were the ones that modified them, they have the ownership of the seeds… but not to worry, now they have what’s called suicide seeds… they are seeds that one they sprout, they only produce dead seeds, so even if you wanted, you can’t save them….

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