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  •  My understanding is the Chinese gov't is on their (1+ / 0-)
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    own GE path. You're almost right about Monsanto, but they do insert both genes that are expressed (otherwise what's all the fuss about) and their IP. I have more disdain for smaller companies, likely owned by one of four conglomerate seed ventures, who really do next to nothing and call it their own. Many, many seed varieties are just that.

    In the US, farmers turn in other farmers. Who wants to compete against someone who is skipping out on paying for their license?

    Finally, the fellow in Canada was trying to create his own Roundup resistant corn by selecting a few individual plants that survived multiple doses of the product. He didn't realize what he was collecting had traits from Monsanto's corn from pollen that had drifted onto his property, giving him a few candidates for breeding. No points for eco-correctness. Just an opportunist, like Monsanto. :)

    “The first principle [in science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman

    by the fan man on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 08:41:15 AM PST

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    •  They are taking another approach (0+ / 0-)

      To use the techniques to transplant genes from wild rice to domesticated rice to strengthen the breeds to improve nutritional value, which apparently cannot be done cross-breeding domesticated varieties.

      Chinese have already created Super-Hybrids with very high yield with conventional techniques but this does not improve nutritional value.

      And another point is this is being done by public institutes for the public good and also distributed to other countries participating in the programs that include training of technicians to maintain the hybrids (male sterile) at home.

      You raise a good point about Roundup - a clever plot to make farmers dependent on Monsanto and destroy natural breeds by the mutant weeds that follow the use of Roundup.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 12:10:49 AM PST

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      •  You give Monsanto WAY too much credit. No one (2+ / 0-)
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        here anyway wants to understand that Roundup was much cheaper and less toxic (to farmers) and less persistent than atrizine, the herbicide of choice.  As far as I can tell Monsanto is an arrogant bumbling behemoth. And not the only one on the block either.

        “The first principle [in science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman

        by the fan man on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 04:47:37 AM PST

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