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  •  Just look at suicides of farmers (15+ / 0-)

    who accrue monstrous debt due to how GM seed is distributed.  

    My concern is over Monsanto's wanting to control, and gain profit from, every farmer in the world.  Kudos to Europe, Japan, and Korea.

    "The will must be stronger than the skill." M. Ali

    by awhitestl on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 02:25:08 PM PDT

    •  That's not GMO, (5+ / 0-)

      it's Monsanto (and Bayer, Sygenta, etc.) Agribusiness is brutal and can be lethal.
      The problem with making this differentiation is that GMO is now a marker for rapacious business practice. I don't think it would be legal to have to label products with a "Monsanto Inside" sticker, though it would be nice.

      You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

      by northsylvania on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 03:13:06 PM PDT

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    •  That is evil business practice. It is not GMO. (4+ / 0-)

      Monsanto is absolutely a gruesome and cruel organization whose practices are beyond the pale. However, the fact that they are using this particular technology to trap farmers is not an indictment of the technology, it's an indictment of Monsanto. It is valid and reasonable to raise questions about the technology and its safety and whether it should be used, but I don't think it's useful to bring in issues of corporate skullduggery. If Monsanto didn't have this tool, they'd be figuring out other ways to trap farmers and control markets.

      What if it were illegal to patent a GMO, for example?

      Take away that issue, and then we can look at the science and whether it is being used sufficiently for good.

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      by pixxer on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 04:50:03 PM PDT

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      •  It's both (6+ / 0-)

        A combination of the technology itself and the laws around it allow for Monsanto to continue to use these various evil business practices. Trying to separate the two is ignoring that reality.

        If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

        by AoT on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 05:20:53 PM PDT

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      •  But only business practices like that (1+ / 0-)
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        can make GMOs profitable.

        What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

        by happymisanthropy on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 10:55:10 PM PDT

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