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  •  Right now, since Gm Companies have pushed (4+ / 0-)

    Conventional seed companies out of the market, farmers are forced to use Gm seeds.

    Then these same companies turn around and say how "popular" they happen to be.
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    From the citation: http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/...

    Proponents point to the high adoption rates of GE corn and soybeans by U.S. farmers as evidence of strong demand for GE seeds. But a big reason for this is that large seed companies are phasing out non-GE varieties. As a result, farmers have little choice but to buy GE seeds.

    Research by Angelika Hilbeck, senior scientist at the Institute of Integrative Biology at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and others found the number of non-GE corn seed varieties in the U.S. decreased 67 percent from 3,226 in 2005 to 1,062 in 2010, while the number of GE corn seed varieties increased 6.7 percent.

    "Farmers are facing fewer choices and significantly higher prices in seed," said Kristina Hubbard, author of the Farmer to Farmer Campaign report. "Seed options narrow when a handful of companies dominate the marketplace."

    •  Not sure how much sense that comment makes (0+ / 0-)

      about GM companies pushing "conventional seed companies" out of the market.

      Monsanto, for example, sells about 50% GMO seed and about (wait for a second while I do the math) - oh, turns out about 50% conventional seed as well.

      Bottom line, there are plenty of non-GMO options out there for any farmer who wishes to go that route.

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