Beet growers hamstrung by GMO seed ruling
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#1 Aug 20, 2010
Anything that scrutinizes Big Agriculture's rush to GMO foods and more chemical farming is a good thing. Monsanto also needs to be investigated for it's coercive tactics trying to prosecute farmers using saved seed instead of buying the GMO varieties. This all started in the 80s with the ridiculous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing agribusiness to patent seed traits and seeds from heirloom varieties. Link this story on GMO seed with another in recent days showing how use of organiphosphate pesticides may be linked to hyperactivity in children. Link both stories to revelations in recent years that the millions of tons of pesticides and fertilizers that have washed into the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are contributors to the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Better living through chemistry?? I don't think so.
#2 Aug 21, 2010
Obama is in bed with Monsanto, and out to screw the private family owned farms. FACT.
#3 Aug 21, 2010
This will create a planned shortage on the sugar market that will drive prices up. Monsanto knows how to manipulate to get the desired results. They are already talking about a shortage? Only one result from that..higher prices. What if we don't want genetically engineered foods? Like they really care.
Saint Paul, MN
#4 Aug 22, 2010
It is not a good thing that one company controls so much of our food supply and snatches up more regularly with patents. Whoever decided nature could be patented was an idiot and we will pay for it in the end.
#5 Aug 22, 2010
Yeah, let the public take any damage from the mutant beet crops, that way these people can make a quick buck at public expense.
Greedy companies using farmers as shills make the money, then we are supposed to have sympathy for the sucker farmers by blaming the judge that is protecting the national interest. No, your story is wrong.
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