Should we be able to patent genomes? As in, certain plants, or plant mutations.
It's already been happening.
Canada Rules in Favor of Monsanto over Seed Saving Farmer Percy Schmeiser
The Supreme Court of Canada made biotechnology history Friday with a 5-4 ruling that a Saskatchewan farmer violated a patent Monsanto Canada Inc. held on genes of genetically engineered canola seedsWith the ruling, Canada follows the U.S. Supreme Court in deciding on patent issues involving plants and seed genes.Read the rest of the article.The litigation commenced in 1997, when Monsanto found its genetically engineered canola plant growing on Percy Schmeiser's farm. Mr. Schmeiser contended that since a plant is a higher life form and cannot be patented, he had done nothing wrong.
Monsanto did not claim protection for the genetically modified plant itself, but rather for the genes and the modified cells it is composed of.
I think this is an example of how corporations can control of our lives. A species of plant is not an invention, no matter how you genetically modify it.
Also, Monsanto has been patenting certain seeds, effectively controlling the diversity of other species of plants.
I was also told that it is unconstitutional to patent a plant-item, though the supreme court overruled that in a case. If someone knows about this, could they try and find it for me?