I grew GMOs in my suburban garden, here’s what happened
Stephan Neidenbach
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Did the corn produce? Looks like too few plants to get a reasonable pollination rate.

On the other side of this argument, not because of health concerns or, whatever, but because I am generally opposed to gene patenting in all forms.

For the whole history of agriculture each farmer owned their crops, now, with patenting, ownership has entered a kind of grey zone for many farmers. After harvesting soybeans, I used to be able to sell them as food, feed them to livestock, eat them myself, process them, or replant them. Now, if I replant the “bin-run” soy (which for various reasons will not yield as well as the original seed, but is a good option for plow down cover or for marginal land that would never realize the full potential of the F1 seed), the seed company can (and will) come after me for doing what I want with my own property.

Secondly, and worse, if my neighbor is growing Open-Pollinated (OP) soy and my pollen drifts (or is carried by bees) into their field and contaminates their OP stock, and they plant it the seed company can (and has in the past) go after them for violating the patent despite being the victim of my pollen.

Thirdly, these genes are not synthetic, they are found things which have, traditionally, not been eligible for patent. Courts have struck down patents on most hybrid varieties because both of the parents are found varieties. Courts have also revoked patents on cell lines that were found in humans or animals, and on biologic drugs containing found molecules, but GE seed stubbornly holds on as a fixture that slows down innovation in seed development and prevents farmers from fully realizing their profit and production potential.

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