:) :) :) Guatemala defies ‘Monsanto Law’ pushed by US as part of trade agreement

September 3, 2014

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Published time: September 03, 2014 16:13

A woman carries vegetables from the field at the end of the day in Tecpan, Guatemala (Reuters/Daniel LeClair)

A woman carries vegetables from the field at the end of the day in Tecpan, Guatemala (Reuters/Daniel LeClair)

The highest court in Guatemala has suspended the controversial ‘Monsanto Law,’ a provision of a US-Central American trade agreement, that would insulate transnational seed corporations considered to have “discovered” new plant varieties.

The Constitutional Court suspended on Friday the law – passed in June and due to go into effect on Sept. 26 – after a writ of amparo was filed by the Guatemalan Union, Indigenous and Peasant Movement, which argued the law would harm the nation, LaVoz reported.

The Court’s decision came after several Guatemalan parliamentarians from both the governing Patriotic Party and the opposition party Renewed Democratic Freedom said they would consider repealing the law after outcry from a diverse cross-section of Guatemalans.

The decision also offers interested parties 15 days to present…

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