Oftentimes, GM seeds grow inferior crops that are not as sturdy or resilient and may lack certain nutritional components. Moreover, they have the capacity to infect local crops with their altered genes, such that heirloom varieties are destroyed. The problem is that indigenous populations have harvested and selected these varieties for their ability to be uniquely productive given a specific climate. Once these seeds are lost and GM varieties take over, indigenous populations lose this completive advantage. Because the U.S. government has allowed seed manufacturers to patent life by allowing them to own their specific, scientifically-altered seeds, those farmers whose native seeds are infected by GM alternatives are now also in violation of intellectual property. When poor farmers are faced with legal action by multi-national, multi-billion dollar companies, the result is almost always in the company’s favor.
Posted on Wednesday, 7 December
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Source: Daphne Oz