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View Diary: What are you reading? June 6, 2012 (updated with review of Universal Computer) (44 comments)

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  •  There are other examples: many fruit tree scions (5+ / 0-)

    carry a royalty proceed proviso. 95% of modern farmers use hybrids, so saving seeds doesn't work. Since Monsanto's seeds breed true and farmers can save the results of Monsanto's work, the company decided to go with a license model of seed use, not a seed purchase model. You're not buying a product, you're buying a license to use the product. (You can save Monsanto seeds if you wish, just got to pay the piper for the royalty.)

    Some growers are getting pissed at Monsanto when the product doesn't work as advertised. There are other seed sources (not many anymore) and that is bad news, the worst aspect of the GMO "revolution".

    “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 Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 05:57:07 AM PDT

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    •  I Learn Something New Everyday (5+ / 0-)

      I did not know this:

      Since Monsanto's seeds breed true and farmers can save the results of Monsanto's work, the company decided to go with a license model of seed use, not a seed purchase model.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:09:55 AM PDT

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      •  Read "Lords of the Harvest", it is a very (4+ / 0-)

        even handed (but brutal) account of how Monsanto and other companies got to where they are now. Monsanto literally looked to Microsoft software as a model for their seeds after they finally had successful products on their hands (after many years of expenses and failures).

        “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 Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:23:17 AM PDT

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