Fuzzy_Wuzzy.bmp wrote:iop wrote:The background to some of the Monsanto scare stories is mentioned earlier in this thread.
I'm not sure what you mean with this comment.
Did you read the thread?
I don't know how much of a problem not being able to sell something as GM-free is, however a non-GM farmer within pollinating distance of a GM-field can easily be bankrupted or forced into using GM-crop by GM companies. That seems like quite a problem.
Say you're a certified organic producer. Then your crop gets polluted by GM, and spoils a ship full of crops. How much money do you think that'll cost, and how likely it is that you'll keep your certification?
Also, the lawsuit thing is not realistic. Yes, there have been lawsuits against farmers who have tried to save seed. One farmer sprayed his crop with round-up, because he suspected it was resistant - and then went on to keep the seeds of the surviving plants. That sounds like totally unfair to the farmer that Monsanto sued him for breach of copyright, right? If all that had happened was cross-pollination, all he would have had to show were the records of where he got his seed (which, as I said, is something a farmer who wants to sell his produce, has to do, anyway), and he could possibly sue his neighbour for polluting his crop.
iop wrote:And who do you think would be buying GM seed in the first place?
Farmers? People who need food?
Farmers who would otherwise have bought hybrid seed. Not some poor schmuck who has been re-using seed for generations.
Also, you don't seem to understand. GM-seed isnt something you buy if you can afford it. You buy it so you can grow crops cheaper/grow more of them, thus saving money. So saying they're marketed to the rich is just being ridiculous.
And those who buy high-yield hybrids, or drought-resistant varieties, or pesticides also buy it because they want to be able to grow more crops.
However, the present situation is such that using GM-seed opens the door to great legal risks, takes control over seed use away from farmers, and siphons large amounts of money from a countrys agriculture to a company that has anything but the best interests of the populace at heart.
The money goes to the same company that sold the hybrid seeds before? Also, if it is such bad business to buy GM seed, why would anyone buy them in the first place? Oh yes, because Monsanto will spray GM pollen into the air and then come up with bogus lawsuits that bankrupts the illiterate farmers who aren't even able to keep receipts, so that they are then forced to buy - oh, wait, no, they're bankrupt already. Ah well, there goes a business model.