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Old 03-30-2013, 02:00 PM   #32
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The seed ownership issue is another matter. I really really hate that part. But that issue goes much deeper than just agricultural seeds. It's much more broad than that. Also included in the patent ownership issue is any other technology that has the ability to self replicate. Things like software, or other IP property that can be duplicated. So the fight for replication ownership is not limited to Monsanto.

I disagree with all of it, and don't feel that ownership has any place when dealing with matters like that.

But it should also be noted that the seed ownership issue is also very unenforceable. Once farmers get the seeds and grow their own crop, they have their own replenishing supply of seeds right there, and there's very little that Monsanto or anyone else could do to prevent it. In the case of soybeans for example, a single acre of planted soybeans can produce enough seeds to plant 26 acres the next year. Any farmer can essentially retain whatever seed supply they wanted with a little effort. It's pathetic that common sense can't be applied to the situation. But it is what it is.
What happens when the seeds have terminator technology in them? Are there ways to obviate that?
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