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"When you save your own seeds, you can pick from the best plants and produce varieties that work well on your land," he says. "You can maintain the background of genetic diversity, while adapting it to what works best for you."
These well-adapted plants are called landraces, unique varieties specifically suited to the hundreds of millions of microclimates that exist around the world, and for most of history farmers have preserved them by saving seeds. These seeds carry cultural traditions, agricultural wisdom and sustainable biodiversity from one generation to the next, creating a 12,000-year-old heritage that nourishes our food system today.
Monsanto is in the process of acquiring and patenting their newest technology, known as "Terminator Technology." This technology is currently the greatest threat to humanity. If it is used by Monsanto on a large-scale basis, it will inevitably lead to famine and starvation on a worldwide basis.
Billions of people on the planet are supported by farmers who save seeds from the crops and replant these seeds the following year. Seeds are planted. The crop is harvested. And the seeds from the harvest are replanted the following year. Most farmers cannot afford to buy new seeds every year, so collecting and replanting seeds is a crucial part of the agricultural cycle. This is the way food has been grown successfully for thousands of years.
Originally posted by soficrow
Did you know that a corporations can steal one of your cells, analyze it genetically, and then OWN your DNA?
Did you know that the best drugs are natural human proteins? That whomever analyzes and maps the healing protein first then owns it? That anyone who wants to compete and make the same product has to change it enough to avoid patent enfringement charges - which changes the protein enough so that it doesn't work the way it is supposed to, and often causes "side effects" like death or psychosis? (Ie., interferon)
That's the way the laws are written. To protect private ownership, and profits over people.
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In 1991, The California Supreme Court decided that a newly discovered cancer cell, known as "Mo," and any profits stemming from innovations relating to the cell were the sole property of the researchers who found and patented it. The man, whose body the cells were originally taken from, had no legal claim to ownership or copyright of the cells and could not demand compensation or other redress. The case, known as the John Moore decision, illustrates the legal and ethical dilemmas society faces in the age of biotechnology.