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December 16, 2008

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Saltation

hmmm! i was not aware of this.

my first reaction on seeing the technology-tied-to-businessmodel approach of monsanto (et al) selling only sterile GM-uprated seeds was: "unfair! abuse of position! the farmers can't then propagate normally and are sucked into and tied into an ongoing financially onerous dependency!"

my second reaction was: "actually, in light of the real-world (viral) risks with GM, selling sterile-only seeds is in the long-term the only responsible way to proceed". and i was bemused and somewhat bewildered by this apparently near-altruistic longterm-intelligent approach.


now, on seeing what you've written here -- i think the shallow nearsighted selfishness aspect was in fact only ever uppermost.

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