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How One 75-Year-Old Soybean Farmer Could Deal A Blow To Monsanto's Empire Today | ThinkProgress

How One 75-Year-Old Soybean Farmer Could Deal A Blow To Monsanto's Empire Today | ThinkProgress | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

By Aviva Shen

for ThinkProgress

 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a 75-year-old soybean farmer’s appeal against biotech giant Monsanto, in a case that could permanently reshape the genetically modified (GM) crop industry.

 

Monsanto is notorious among farmers for the company’s aggressive investigations and pursuit of farmers they believe have infringed on Monsanto’s patents. In the past 13 years, Monsanto has sued 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses, almost always settling out of court (the few farmers that can afford to go to trial are always defeated). These farmers were usually sued forsaving second-generation seeds for the next harvest — a basic farming practice rendered illegal because seeds generated by GM crops contain Monsanto’s patented genes.

Monsanto’s winning streak hinges on a controversial Supreme Court decision from 1981, which ruled on a 5-4 split that living organisms could be patented as private property. As a result of that decision, every new generation of GM seeds — and their self-replicating technology — is considered Monsanto’s property.

Unfortunately, second- and third-generation seeds are very hard to track, which may explain why Monsanto devotes $10 million a year and 75 staffers to investigating farmers for possible patent violations. Seeds are easily carried by birds or blown by the wind into fields of non-GM seeds, exposing farmers who have never bought seeds from Monsanto to lawsuits. Organic and conventional seeds are fast becoming extinct — 93 percent of soybeans, 88 percent of cotton, and 86 percent of corn in the US are grown from Monsanto’s patented seeds. A recent studydiscovered that at least half of the organic seeds in the US are contaminated with some genetically modified material.

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Does anyone remember agreeing to give biotech corporations a monopoly or full ownership of our food chain? Owners should be responsible for keeping their dogs on a leash so to speak. Monsanto should be there in every field personally gathering every seed and placing it in bags and chasing every bird dropping that might contain their product or they are unfit for ownership. That would be my insight.

 

Once a product is sold to someone else that other person owns it and how that got changed is insane. Direct recreation or coping of intellectual property should not be legal. This has no bearing on the fact that these plants and animals breed themselves naturally the way life always does. The fact that a biotech came in and added a noes or cut off an arm so to speak does not change the fact that life will breed however it chooses. Patenting life is not the same as patenting a product that was in fact invented from scratch and fully invented by man and does not reproduce through breeding without the help of man, but instead it is directly and fully made by a man each time.  A man should only own the plant he waters while he waters it and nurtures that plant or animal.

 

The idea of patenting life needs to be revoked.  A biotech company is a nonliving entity provided with a charter that allows it to do business and make money. It has no heartbeat, cannot reproduce living offspring, has no life or death, ethics or morality, respect, love or hate and cannot even exist without the living on It’s on at all and only officially is allowed on a sheet of paper. A corporation should not be allowed to patent the living or control “real” life. A nonliving entity should not be allowed to patent the living. 

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HUFFPOST HILL - Trump Eager To Move Past Health Care And Focus On Rampant Treason

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Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill

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In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill.
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Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says

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Members of the intelligence community incidentally collected communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon.
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Rex Tillerson to skip Nato meeting - but visit Moscow - BBC News

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US secretary of state's absence likely to heighten concerns about Trump team's commitment to Nato.
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After Trump tweets embarrassingly inaccurate info, former NATO ambassador publicly educates Trump

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This morning Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to show his utter ignorance and misunderstanding of how the world operates. On the heels of his widely mocked, embarrassing, petulant, child-like behavior with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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Free Up iPhone Space With These Hidden Tricks

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Storage running out? For most, the biggest stuff is in four types of places: photos, messages, music and the big third-party apps that everyone has. These tricks can help you take back your precious gigabytes
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American commissars!

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Unusual network of influential advisers is tasked with monitoring the secretaries’ loyalties, officials said.

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Schumer's warning about Gorsuch is dead wrong

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Danny Cevallos writes that though Senator Schumer claimed Judge Gorsuch favored the powerful in his rulings, he in fact makes decisions on the basis of the law, not politics.
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Research for yourself and remember that CNN as nearly all of our main mass media is a for profit corporate organization that would benefit in the short term from just such a judge as Schumer warns Gorsuch might be.
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Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Civil Rights Leaders Demand Workers' Rights at Mississippi Nissan Factory

Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Civil Rights Leaders Demand Workers' Rights at Mississippi Nissan Factory | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
'What corporations understand is if they stop workers in Mississippi from forming a union, they can keep wages down in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania'
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Took a while but found updates on the March on Mississippi!
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SXSW 2017: Catch up on everything cool so far

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Some are worried about the future of the Internet, Joe Biden asks for work on curing cancer and more
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Supreme Court Confusion Could Cost a Family $410,000

Supreme Court Confusion Could Cost a Family $410,000 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The justices have an opportunity to clarify the muddle of ‘regulatory takings’ law.
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I am certain the ability to sell land, use it or be paid for it is an important issue that many fair thinking judges can resolve. When reading this article realize there may be motives behind the push for Thump's Supreme Court pick to be approved, realize the WSJ is now owned by Rupert Murdock and he and the Cato Institute are both very pro -libertarian and have been pushing that morality for decades now... likely so will the judge they push be ever more corporate And wealthy friendly...research him well.
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German Defense Ministry contradicts Trump, says it doesn’t owe U.S. money for NATO

German Defense Ministry contradicts Trump, says it doesn’t owe U.S. money for NATO | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
“NATO does not have a debt account,” German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said.
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If trump's speaks for our country and he is not willing to listen and be informed or be sincere or flat out lies than that places the people of the nation in the same place with him in the opinion of the world.
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Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill

Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill.
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MICEK: Trumpcare: Helping the Rich, Stiffing the Poor - Aurora Sentinel

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What's clear is that, right now, Trump and Republicans have a big, fat problem with their healthcare bill. And whether further negotiations will in fact lead to an improvement over the existing law, as Trump promised, is an open question
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Blow the whistle on Sean Spicer

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Research shows corporations can get infected with a culture of lies. The only recourse for a company -- or a country -- is to call out lies when you see them, Mel Robbins says.
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New documents show Trump aide laundered payments from party with Moscow ties, lawmaker alleges

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The documents released by a Ukrainian lawmaker claim Manafort laundered the payments through Belize.
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Gorsuch Tries to Put Himself Above Politics in Confirmation Hearing - NYTimes.com

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My answers to the latest GOP survey

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I recently answered the GOP’s First 50 Days survey. I am using these highly biased and unscientific surveys as chance to express my opinions about the administration. I just wanted to share my answers somewhere in the hopes that someone els
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Putin's main goal in Syria? - Genevieve Casagrande, ISW

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s primary objective in Syria is to constrain U.S. freedom of action – not fight ISIS and al Qaeda. Russia’s military deployments at current levels will not enable the Iranian-penetrated Assad regime to secure Syria. Mosco

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March on Mississippi: Danny Glover, Sen. Sanders take on automaker

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The actor and longtime activist on Saturday will join Sen. Sanders and others in the March on Mississippi, meant as a pro-union rally for autoworkers.
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Education rally at Capitol: Gallery

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Several hundred parents, educators, education activists, students join a handful of legislators in a education rally at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, March 16, 2017. Advocates for public schools oppose legislative leaders' plans to rewrite the state's school funding formula. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Bad news for low-income college students in Trump 2017 budget

Bad news for low-income college students in Trump 2017 budget | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Pell grants are safe but slashed. Other federal grants are going away.
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White House endorses plan to remove 30,000 FAA workers from federal payroll

Under the plan, air traffic controllers and the NextGen program would spin off into a private nonprofit organization.
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Selling public federal jobs to contractors ensures more control of the nation and policy and over labor as we move down through time.
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Donald Trump: America's Marie Antoinette

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Instead of spending money on those Americans most in need, Donald Trump is wasting taxpayer money on maintaining his family's lavish lifestyle in Mar-a-Lago and New York, writes Dean Obeidallah.
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