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    Monsanto to be charged with biopiracy in India

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    Monsanto, World's Largest Genetically Modified Food Producer, To Be Charged With Biopiracy In India (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by Monsanto, World's Largest Genetically Modified Food Producer, To Be Charged With Biopiracy In India
    Add a new word to your lexicon: Biopiracy.

    That’s what U.S.-based agribusiness giant Monsanto has been accused of in India, where the government is planning to charge the company with violating the country’s biodiversity laws over a genetically modified version of eggplant.


    In doing so, India has placed itself at the focal point of the movement to challenge genetically modified crops, which opponents say are destroying traditional crops and threatening farmers’ livelihoods.

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    India announced last month it is pursuing charges against Monsanto for "stealing" an indigenous crop -- eggplant -- and using it to create a modified version without permission, a violation of India’s decade-old Biological Diversity Act. It’s the first prosecution of a company for the act of "biopiracy" in the country, and possibly the world.


    At the heart of the issue is the phenomenon of the commercialization of indigenous knowledge. Indian farmers argue that they developed the strains of eggplant grown in India over generations, and Monsanto has no right to come in and build a product out of their own indigenous species.


    Monsanto took locally-grown eggplant “without any conformance with the biological diversity act, and therefore it is biopiracy,” said Leo Saldanha, director of the Environmental Support Group, an Indian NGO. Saldanha filed the initial complaint that prompted India to pursue charges.
    Amazing! It's nice to see Monsanto finally taken to task by a major government for its unethical business practices. Now if only the U.S. government had the balls to do the same, our farmers might not be under so much attack from this corporation.
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    Re: Monsanto to be charged with biopiracy in India

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    Monsanto, World's Largest Genetically Modified Food Producer, To Be Charged With Biopiracy In India (VIDEO)

    Amazing! It's nice to see Monsanto finally taken to task by a major government for its unethical business practices. Now if only the U.S. government had the balls to do the same, our farmers might not be under so much attack from this corporation.
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    Re: Monsanto to be charged with biopiracy in India

    While I'm not opposed to genetically engineered crops or Frankenfoods, nontheless it would amuse me greatly to see the mighty and arrogant Monsanto taken down a notch. They are pushy bastards.

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    Re: Monsanto to be charged with biopiracy in India

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    While I'm not opposed to genetically engineered crops or Frankenfoods, nontheless it would amuse me greatly to see the mighty and arrogant Monsanto taken down a notch. They are pushy bastards.
    Monsanto is going to be in a world of hurt in a few years as pesticide resistant weeds and insects become more widespread. They bet the farm on GM crops, and with the growth in resistance they will lose massively.

    Farmers have been very stupid in not rotating crops, and either using Bt Corn in the same field year after year, or using Round Up ready crops year after year. That has allowed the growth of the resitant pest, and will destroy Monsanto's market
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    Do intellectual property rights cover plant species? Or animal, for that matter? If I breed a new dog, can I prevent others from doing so, and hurting my business? Can I purchase the rights to a breed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    Do intellectual property rights cover plant species? Or animal, for that matter? If I breed a new dog, can I prevent others from doing so, and hurting my business? Can I purchase the rights to a breed?
    Answer to the question is yes

    Both Plants and animals can be patented and have been
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    Re: Monsanto to be charged with biopiracy in India

    I hope Monsanto gets a gzillion dollar judgment against it given all the lawsuits they threaten and file.

    Nor do I believe nature can be patented. If you create a new species or variety, once it is in nature it is. This would particularly true if sold to be put into nature, which is what Monsanto does. Then they sue if it migrates or cross pollinated with other plants on other property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    I hope Monsanto gets a gzillion dollar judgment against it given all the lawsuits they threaten and file.

    Nor do I believe nature can be patented. If you create a new species or variety, once it is in nature it is. This would particularly true if sold to be put into nature, which is what Monsanto does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I'm glad to hear. Do you agree I should be allowed to steal the new iPhone when it comes out for sale without legal repercussion? After all, Apple didn't invent the phone. It didn't invent talking. It didn't even invent the air that microwaves travel through. So why shouldn't I be allowed to steal the iPhone? Cause of branding? Pish-posh.

    Should Monsanto be able to sue a farmer if bees that visited a Bt Corn crop then cross pollinates the farmer`s whose crop was contaminated with Bt cross breeds

    Or should the farmer be able to sue Monsanto for the contamination
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    Re: Monsanto to be charged with biopiracy in India

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I'm glad to hear. Do you agree I should be allowed to steal the new iPhone when it comes out for sale without legal repercussion? After all, Apple didn't invent the phone. It didn't invent talking. It didn't even invent the air that microwaves travel through. So why shouldn't I be allowed to steal the iPhone? Cause of branding? Pish-posh.
    PLEASE STOP hijacking this thread with your irrelevant comparison to digital copyrights!! This is not the place for it!! Thank you.

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