Monsanto: Agricultural Monopoly? 3 replies

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TIKI

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#1 8 years ago

Just finished watching the movie Food inc. and it was incredible. First off, if noone knows what Monsanto did/is, they are a compony who made DDT, agent orange, and Round up (I think). What Round up did was to make soy seeds basically indestructable to weeds ands such, so genetically altering them when they regrew. They then put a patent on these genetically altered seeds. The seeds then moved to other fields and farmers, who once they harvested a crop, just reseed with their seeds. Since Monsanto's seeds are in there fields, Monsanto now owns all there seeds and forces them via lawsuits to not reseed and spend more money buying new seeds, etc... If a farmer is caught reseeding with Monseantos seeds (again, there seeds have infected 90% of farmers crops) they are sued and face jail time for patent infringment. What kind of crap is this?




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#2 8 years ago

Modern Capitalism and greed. Plain and simple.




SeinfeldisKindaOk

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#3 8 years ago

I saw Food Inc. as well. It seems like the laws are ridiculously skewed in Monsanto's favor. I wonder if that's coincidence or the result of heavy lobbying and lots of lawyers on Monsanto's side. The latter seems likely to me because it seems absurd that a truck can spill seeds that blow onto a farmer's land and somehow the farmer is blamed for it.

The documentary was all about the industrialization of the food industry and the scary stuff that happens as a result of that process.




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#4 8 years ago

It's sad to think that when a lot of the reformers at the turn of the century tried to pass laws forbidding this kind of behavior, these types of corporations out grew them and in time used it in their favor.

It has devastated many third world farmers too. I remember a certain case in India...

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - Asia, World - The Independent