U.S. agriculture wary as Monsanto heads to Supreme Court

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iconoclast1 wrote:

From this article: “The world needs more food” This is the typical Biotech lie that pervades the internet and other media. There is plenty of food now, the problem is getting it to people.

My comment: “Commercial GE crops have made no inroads so far into raising the intrinsic or potential yield of any crop. By contrast, traditional breeding has been spectacularly successful in this regard; it can be solely credited with the intrinsic yield increases in the United States and other parts of the world that characterized the agriculture of the twentieth century.”
– Doug Gurian-Sherman, former biotech advisor to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC2
““If anyone tells you that GM is going to feed the world, tell them that it is not… To feed the world takes political and financial will.”
– Steve Smith, head of GM company Novartis Seeds UK (now Syngenta), public meeting on proposed local GM farm scale trial, Tittleshall, Norfolk, UK, 29 March 2000″

From this article: “Transgenic crops, which splices genes from other species into plant DNA, have given farmers crops that resist insects and tolerate treatments of herbicide, making killing weeds easier for farmers. The majority of U.S. corn and soybean acres are now planted with patented biotech seeds.”

My comment: ” Glyphosate-resistant
superweeds
The widespread use of Roundup Ready crops has led to over-reliance on a single herbicide – glyphosate, commonly sold as Roundup. This has resulted in the rapid spread of glyphosate- resistant weeds in countries where GM crops are planted.15 Resistant weeds include pigweed,16 ryegrass,17 and marestail.18
The Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC), financed by the pesticide industry, lists 21 glyphosate-resistant weeds around the world. In the United States, glyphosate-resistant weeds have been identified in 22 states”

From this article: “The mixture of grain Bowman bought, which he dubbed “junk,” carried no patent technology agreement and no directive prohibiting seed saving as do the bagged and branded soybean seeds sold by Monsanto and other seed companies.”

My comment: Using common sense alone, Monsanto doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

From the article: “The Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case has raised the hopes of those backing Bowman.”

My comment: Mr. Bowman will be very lucky indeed if the SCOTUS rules in his favor. The reason being, not because of the facts that he bought ‘junk seed’ with no contract, but because Clarence Thomas, a former employee of Monsanto, who has ruled in Monsanto’s favor in another case without recusing himself. Elena Kagan has also ruled in Monsanto’s favor as the Solicitor General of the U.S., discarding common sense to serve her master.

Feb 15, 2013 2:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jocare wrote:

I live in Northern New Mexico. For generations the Indians and colonial Spanish settlers have saved seeds and planted them for ions.They choose the seeds from the healthiest plants in order to keep the best vegetable or fruit going. To say that they have no right to do this is absurd! When a company develops a seed, or puppy that they think is better than the last, they have no right to tell other seed users or puppy sellers that they can’t do it because they have a special patent. Patent schmatent. The whole patent thing in this case is bogus. It is the stuff of science fiction and in practice will never work. If I want to save my cosmos seeds bought originally from the Burpee catalog I would be appalled if Burpee came knocking at my door. Tis the nature of the business. Seeds make seeds.

Feb 15, 2013 3:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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