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    most of your comment. However, I don't believe a corporation should even be able to own a patent on something like seeds.

    And, I doubt who the farmer buys seeds from effects how much of our crops are GM, it's only a matter of who gets paid for it.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Doing my part to break the Capitalist Indoctrination Process. Here's where I rant: www.ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com

    by ashiftinconsciousness on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:20:18 PM PDT

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    •  The patent is on the transgene(s) (0+ / 0-)

      in the seeds. Soil bacteria based toxins normally expressed only in the unique digestive systems of target insects who can dissolve the spore shell and activate the bacterium to start reproducing and producing the toxin. Now expressed raw in every single cell of the entire plant - fruit, flowers, pollen, roots, leaves, stalks... all of it. Toxins no mammal has ever been exposed to at any point in their evolutionary history, because our digestive systems don't dissolve the spores. Target insects? They quickly become desensitized (immune). Then you need more and better toxins... some GMOs have 3 or more expressed in abundance.

      What could possibly go wrong?

      As for herbicide resistance, that comes naturally enough to the most gnarly of stubborn weeds - pigweed, morning glories, dandelions, whatever. Spreading that resistance to rapeseed, leftover soy and corn and whatever is just a short-term problem. Dangerous mostly for the much more drastically poisonous-to-life herbicides they have to use once the weeds are immune to the lessers. Absolutely not acceptable in the scheme of Things Sustainable long term.

      Sure, the draconian ugliness is all about proprietary 'secret' patented genes and who gets to profit from them. But because they're serious about that, a lot of genetic pollution of the natural world has so far been held in check. Call it a perk. I'll take it.

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