I think the problem has been with seed from Monsanto finding its way inadvertently into farmer's fields and the farmers being sued by Monsanto because this seed was sold as part of their harvest. AND the farmers didn't have rights to sell Monsanto seed, because they didn't sign a contract with Monsanto that year...
Even though a small percentage of their crop was Monsanto seed...
Even when they didn't plant the crop...
or when the mix in their fields was because of an accidental dumping or cross pollination... the law came down on the side of Monsanto.
Those interested in the landmark case can put "Dave Chaney Monsanto" into their search engines.
Another concern with Monsanto is that its buying up the rights to most of the seeds on the market. They acquired the worlds largest seed company, Seminis in 2005. The fear is that these seeds will no longer be available or that a monopoly will be created whereby a few giants will control all the seeds or only offer patented GMO versions or "terminator technology" rendering seeds sterile after one planting, is lurking in the future for all seeds.
GMO is what's happened to the majority of the corn and soybean crop in this country. These crops have been engineered to contain a bacterial gene that creates a toxin (Bt) that kills any caterpillars that eat it. I won't knowingly be eating any corn or soy that is GMO for this reason. Do I think its going to kill me or give me cancer? No. I just prefer not to eat Bt.
My own thoughts are that if a company is going to release a ANY new food or drug the public should be labelled as such, so that consumers have the option of avoiding it. The rider in this bill, effectively protects companies that produce GMO crops from litigation should any consequences arise from the long term consumption of GMO foods. Not just Monsanto.
I'm not against GM per sae. For example its thru GM that things like insulin are produced.
Or fruit flies and mosquitoes can be sterilized, helping to control their populations.
I would, however, like to know which foods are GM, thru labeling. Until that happens, I will be avoiding those crops that I know are predominately GMOs... such as corn, soy, potatoes. Just like I avoid non-organic celery, strawberries and peppers, because I know they're on the dirty dozen list for pesticides.
Anyways, my point here is not to gang up on anyone or keep them from making a living.
Its to open a dialogue so that people can make choices in line with their lifestyle.
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 4/7/2013 (19:03)
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