Monsanto is by far the leading producer of genetically engineered seed, holding 70% - 100% market share for various crops and became with their
recent acquisition of Seminis Inc ( they were very close before) also the largest conventional seed company in the world. This article shows how
Monsanto is not resting on it's laurels and that it is seeking to virtually patent pigs and their offspring by claiming rights to certain breeding
methods and the offspring that results in.
"Geneva, Switzerland — It's official. Monsanto Corporation is out to own the world's food supply, the dangers of genetic engineering and reduced
biodiversity notwithstanding, as they pig-headedly set about hog-tying farmers with their monopoly plans. We've discovered chilling new evidence of
this in recent patents that seek to establish ownership rights over pigs and their offspring."
"The patent applications were published in February 2005 at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva. A Greenpeace researcher
who monitors patent applications, Christoph Then, uncovered the fact that Monsanto is seeking patents not only on methods of breeding, but on actual
breeding herds of pigs as well as the offspring that result."
"According to Christoph Then, "I couldn't belive this. I've been reviewing patents for 10 years and I had to read this three times. Monsanto
isn't just seeking a patent for the method, they are seeking a patent on the actual pigs which are bred from this method. It's an astoundingly
broad and dangerous claim."
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
To say that Monsanto has a questionable record when it comes to their concern for human health is giving them a great deal of credit as the continued
sale of their flagship product 'Roundup' indicates. Roundup is the world's single most popular herbicide despite a great deal of evidence that
shows how exposure to this herbicide results in symptoms that are similar to those noted by the Monsanto employees in the 1940s, and soldiers and
civilians who were sprayed in Vietnam with the defoliant agent orange.
The Agent Orange produced by Monsanto had dioxin levels many times higher than that produced by Dow Chemicals, the other major supplier of Agent
Orange to Vietnam. After it came to light that Monsanto had known about the toxicity as early as the late 1940's, and had tried to cover it up, US
veterans sued Monsanto and the company settled out of court paying about $80 million in damages.
"According to the 1994 "Seventh Annual Report on Carcinogens," Agent Orange causes "toxic effects in animals includ[ing]... vascular lesions,
chloracne, teratogenicity, fetotoxicity, impaired reproductive performance, endometriosis and delayed death." It also proved toxic to humans. The
application of Agent Orange and TCDD caused more than 50,000 birth defects and hundreds of thousands of cancers in Vietnamese civilians and soldiers
on both sides of the conflict. The effects of Agent Orange are still being experienced 26 years after the end of the war."
"The US has dumped [on South Vietnam] a quantity of toxic chemical amounting to six pounds per head of population, including women and children."
-- US Senator Gaylord Nelson
If patenting of pigs can ever be supported legally would you want this company involved? Is this who we want in control of what you may sow, breed
with and later eat when they are apparently so uncaring when it comes to easily identifiable toxins such as dioxin?
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[edit on 16-8-2005 by John bull 1]