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    Re: Should we be able to patent genomes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    From my understanding we already have a problem with this in the US. Seed companies that have modified food crops can pattent the genome. This in itsself seems bad enough but from what I have heard when the wind (or other methods) pollinate neighboring properties and the next generation has traces of the patented DNA these people CAN be sued and it has driven many farmers into an agreement to purchase only said companies seeds causing a huge manopoly in the seed industry. Agree to purchase seed exclusivly from them or fight very costly court battles with the seed corporations.
    That is how it has been going with Monsanto from what I understand.

    They use a special Roundup Ready Corn and Soybean seed that allows farmers to spray the herbicide without killing their particular plants but the terminator gene with in the plant isn't foolproof and some seed does get spread and is viable.

    The farmers who use it must repurchase seed from them and can not save it,iirc.

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php...dy_Controversy

    Here is some more info on it.
    Last edited by Harry Guerrilla; 04-01-10 at 04:43 AM.
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    Re: Should we be able to patent genomes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    From my understanding we already have a problem with this in the US. Seed companies that have modified food crops can pattent the genome. This in itsself seems bad enough but from what I have heard when the wind (or other methods) pollinate neighboring properties and the next generation has traces of the patented DNA these people CAN be sued and it has driven many farmers into an agreement to purchase only said companies seeds causing a huge manopoly in the seed industry. Agree to purchase seed exclusivly from them or fight very costly court battles with the seed corporations.
    I believe that Monsanto has an anti-trust lawsuit against them now, actually.

    Not that they'll lose. They have high caliber lawyers.

    I think a small farmers should band together and take the corporation head-on. Is there such thing as a farmers union? Can unions sue?

    Forgive my ignorance.
    Last edited by Sanitas; 04-01-10 at 06:25 PM.
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