Draft GPUS Platform Amendment Biological Diversity

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Section title: Biological diversity

Section subtitle: Conserving the great wealth of planet earth

Our position: Greens aim to ensure that no more species are lost from our planet.

Ecological systems are interlocking and interdependent from the bottom of the food chain to the top. Nature’s survival strategy allows adaptability which itself results in biological diversity.

Our stewardship requires that we not disrupt ecological systems to the degree that they cannot renew and maintain themselves Our protection of this biological diversity, while using it requires that we not disrupt them to the degree that they cannot sustain themselves.

Green Solutions

1. We oppose the U.S. demands to amend the Convention on Biological Diversity(1992) for the benefit of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in regard to intellectual property and technology transfer rights.

2. We oppose monopolistic production of high-tech hybrid seeds. that take away the farmers right to grow his own crop using his own seeds and replacing diversity with mono-culture.

3. We oppose international trade agreements (NAFTA, GATT and the WTO in particular) that protect transnational, corporate control of the intellectual property of genetic material, hybrid seeds, and proprietary products.