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Old 10-30-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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Monsanto

Monsanto is a huge company that makes herbicides and chemicals, along with genetically engineered food. They are kind of like the "Walt Disney" of the food industry. Somewhere in either the late 80s or the early 90s, Monsanto went to the supreme court so they could legalize the patenting of genes. This means that if we find or alter a gene, we can claim ownership to it. They made a corn that would kill bugs and such if they would eat it. They aren't sure if it's safe for humans to eat yet or not. During the mid 90s, this corn spread around into other farms. Monsanto filed lawsuits on these farms for being in possession of these seeds. These seeds continued to spread around to neighbor farms and started spreading more. Monsanto continued to sue these farms and more were shut down. Monsanto claimed that the corn was their property because the gene was located inside of it. Monsanto also made a gene that they patented called the "Terminator gene" which causes plants to commit suicide and the plants cannot reproduce. Monsanto promised that they wouldn't commercialize this gene. Currently, Monsanto is one of the largest companies that is in control of our food.

What is your thought on this?
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:59 PM   #2
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First, it's good to see you posting again.

Second, I don't think you can really sue the other farms for owning a gene. Plants reproduce and spread on their own. Maybe you could claim ownership of the first generation, but not the second.

I'm also unsure of how this "Terminator" gene works. Could you link us to more info about it?
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:15 AM   #3
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Here you go dude
http://www.nd.edu/~chem191/f2.html

Also, it is entirely possible to sue someone for "illegally" obtaining your gene. Monsanto has done it dozens of dozens of times to run other farms out of business. You know how there are many starving people around the World? Many of them use to be farmers or descendants of farmers, however, they can't afford to plant food anymore because they might get attacked by Monsanto, so basically they live on the streets starving now. The company has stated before about these starving people (Even though many don't realize it's their fault they're starving) that "It's for the best, they don't have to suffer anymore." referring to all these starving people are dieing and such.
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Well then fine, I don't think they should be able to sue. It's ludicrous.

And that terminator gene is intense. A great idea from a business standpoint, until they realize no one is going to buy their seeds if they're just going to have to keep buying them year after year.
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Well then fine, I don't think they should be able to sue. It's ludicrous.

And that terminator gene is intense. A great idea from a business standpoint, until they realize no one is going to buy their seeds if they're just going to have to keep buying them year after year.
Actually, nobody should be buying them ever. The only reason it exists is so that they could patent it. If that gene was put into farms, it COULD spread... If it spreads into other crops and continues to spread... Think about what'd happen for a sec XD
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Monsato should be shutdown for life. Evil empire they have.
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