Following around 40 environmental and activist groups, the Austrian Cultural Brewers have also spoken out against granting patents on malting barley. The hearing is currently taking place at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, Germany.

In 2016 the beer companies Heineken and Carlsberg were granted three patents on conventionally bred malting barley and the beer produced from it. All organizations objecting to this insist that you can not patent life – in this case malting barley.

According to an article in “Die Presse”, Cultural Brewers fear that these kinds of patents will allow Heineken and Carlsberg to regulate the use of “their” barley, or that other breweries could be denied the use of malting barley all together.

Read the article by “Die Presse”: