World Food Day: Livestock keepers warn about patents on animal genes

Diversity in our livestock is essential to confront future threats to food supplies, but livestock breeds are becoming extinct at the rate of 5% per year.

Local livestock keepers and pastoralists hold the key to keeping this diversity alive – but only if their rights are recognized.

On World Food Day, 16 October 2006, the League for Pastoral Peoples organized a workshop where small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists from Africa, Asia and Latin America demanded the safeguarding of Livestock Keepers’ Rights to the genes of their breeds.

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