The legal fight is about whether farmers like Bowman can plant Monsanto's patented seeds. Although seeds might be the oldest "technology" around, Monsanto argues that no one has the right to make "copies" of those seeds - which essentially means farmers cannot plant the seeds that they save from Monsanto plants.
Originally posted by dc4lifeskater
or you could just not grow gmo crops all together like many people do.. its not like they force you to grow them.. YET! but still why even use this crap it sounds like there are no posatives to it.
We need to get to small community gardens and people doing their own gardens and not growing huge crops of things where if something happens everyone gets screwed. the draw for GMO is that it supposedly grows so well and insect resistant so that you shouldn't lose a crop no matter what meaning you wont get screwed if you own the farm or starve if you count on the food.
We need to get rid of these huge farms that supply these canned food companies and things that is the problem here. All they care about is yield and making sure they can supply the amount of food being ordered by the companies who pay their bills. They don't care about the product they produce, as long as they will buy it then its good enough.
Rinehart was incredulous, listening to the words as puzzled customers and employees looked on. Like many others in rural America, Rinehart knew of Monsanto’s fierce reputation for enforcing its patents and suing anyone who allegedly violated them. But Rinehart wasn’t a farmer. He wasn’t a seed dealer. He hadn’t planted any seeds or sold any seeds. He owned a small—a really small—country store in a town of 350 people. He was angry that somebody could just barge into the store and embarrass him in front of everyone. “It made me and my business look bad,” he says. Rinehart says he told the intruder, “You got the wrong guy.”
When the stranger persisted, Rinehart showed him the door. On the way out the man kept making threats. Rinehart says he can’t remember the exact words, but they were to the effect of: “Monsanto is big. You can’t win. We will get you. You will pay.”
Originally posted by XLR8R
reply to post by dc4lifeskater
I totally agree. We need to go back to being more self sufficient. And having neighborhoods helping one another, community gardens and what not.
On Monday May 6th a draconian new law was put before the European Commission, which creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe.
The "Plant Reproductive Material Law" regulates all plants. It contains immediate restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees. (It also creates powers that can be used to restrict any other plants in the future, but the details of how this will work are left for later.)
Under the new law, it will immediately be illegal to grow, reproduce or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been tested and approved by a new "EU Plant Variety Agency", who will make a list of approved plants. Moreover, an annual fee must also be paid to the Agency to keep them on the list, and if not paid, they cannot be grown.