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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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Mainers Back Bernie at Big Rally

Mainers Back Bernie at Big Rally | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
More than 7,500 people packed an arena in Portland, Maine on Monday night in another big show of grassroots support for Bernie Sanders.
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Simultaneous Islamist Attacks Kill at Least 30 Soldiers in Egypt

At least 30 soldiers have been killed in the north of Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula following a wave of near-simultaneous attacks by Islamic militants, according to Egyptian military and security officials.  The attacks, which took place on...
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Jeremy Hunt should lead by example and take care of older people | Archie Bland

Jeremy Hunt should lead by example and take care of older people | Archie Bland | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Society isn’t less caring. But the proportion of older people is going up and more of them will be childless.
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Concern over Brexit's impact on political landscape in Northern Ireland

Concern over Brexit's impact on political landscape in Northern Ireland | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Irish parliament wants input into EU negotiations amid fear British departure could affect north-south relations The fragile political settlement in Northern Ireland would face greater instability if the UK votes to leave the EU in David Cameron’s...
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U.S. Health Care Companies Enjoy Big Opening In India - Forbes

U.S. Health Care Companies Enjoy Big Opening In India - Forbes | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
India's economy is expected to grow 7.5% in the year ahead, driven by ever-growing demand for energy, infrastructure, and technology and high-quality healthcare. I've traveled to India to see what's happening.
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Trampling culture, destroying history | The Why Files

Trampling culture, destroying history | The Why Files | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Deliberate destruction and looting threaten antiquities. Is this the rule or the exception through history? Why destroy culture?
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The attacks on historical sites in the middle east and now Egypt are a sad destruction of knowledge and our link to access communications from people of our past. Yes, it is our history there as well as theirs. Many of the stories of the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims and those that predate all those faiths lay in the dust and artifacts of those lands. Here is a story of how often and why this has happened. This is an interesting read.

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In the Sharing Economy, No One's an Employee

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Carlos Barria / Reuters What do construction companies, strip clubs, and services like Uber and Lyft have in common?
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Heavy metal: Life at the world's largest shipyard - BBC News

Heavy metal: Life at the world's largest shipyard - BBC News | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
How South Korea has become a global leader in shipbuilding.

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Policies on employee appearance and social media use declared unlawful - Crain's Cleveland Business (blog)

Policies on employee appearance and social media use declared unlawful - Crain's Cleveland Business (blog) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board just issued some key rulings on employee handbook provisions.

Via Andre Castaybert
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You might want to look over this!

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Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W.
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Chinese Democracy Isn't Inevitable

Chinese Democracy Isn't Inevitable | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Jerry Lampen / Reuters The flaws in China’s political system are obvious. The government doesn’t even make a pretense of holding national elections and punishes those who openly call for multiparty rule.
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Trade Is a Striking Example of the Political Power of the Affluent

Trade Is a Striking Example of the Political Power of the Affluent | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The long-term trend toward reducing restrictions on trade reflects the preferences of the wealthy more than the poor or middle class.
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114th Congress | Voteview Blog

114th Congress | Voteview Blog | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Cruz had voted Yea but switched his vote Nay this time
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Government policy will seal the mouths of Muslim pupils | Owen Jones

Government policy will seal the mouths of Muslim pupils | Owen Jones | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Legislation to tackle radicalisation runs the risk of silencing and alienating children in our classrooms
If you care about children’s development and combating extremism, this is a story that should alarm you.
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How Tsipras and Varoufakis turned Greek tragedy into Twitter triumph

How Tsipras and Varoufakis turned Greek tragedy into Twitter triumph | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Greek PM and his finance minister have been live-tweeting the debt drama, but the eurozone is striking back in the social media onslaught
Politicians aren’t particularly renowned for a strong game on social media.
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Confederate memorials splashed with 'Black Lives Matter' slogan

Confederate memorials splashed with 'Black Lives Matter' slogan | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The 'Black Lives Matter' movement and the controversy over commemoration of the Confederate Army converged Monday when activists spray painted the slogan on Confederate memorial in Baltimore.
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I think a better answer would be place a monument to a black hero close by in a manner that upstages this monument. Or push to have large bushes hide it. Not sure showing the angry, reactive side to a controversy is the best answer for change.

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A new birth for social democracy

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With the global economy undergoing fundamental transformation, Kemal Derviş argues that a new social contract is needed to account for the increasingly important role that individual preferences, and individual responsibility, play in today’s world.
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Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark

Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Some economists point to Denmark, where fast-food workers make more than twice what they would in the United States, in discussions about American wages.
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America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Charles Rex Arbogast / AP It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their turn before a judge, you wouldn't be able to tell.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham: Can a relative progressive win over the GOP? (+video)

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Can a relative progressive win over the GOP? (+video) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Senator Lindsey Graham is a fire-breathing hawk on national security issues. But he’s shown a willingness to work with Democrats in bipartisan fashion on issues like climate change and immigration. Is that a winning presidential strategy?
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IRS sending letters to 200000 taxpayers on hacking - Detroit Free Press

IRS sending letters to 200000 taxpayers on hacking - Detroit Free Press | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Internal Revenue Service is sending letters to about 200,000 taxpayers who are at risk of ID theft because hackers appear to have sensitive data.

Via Andre Castaybert
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News to know! Watch your  mailbox...

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Four robots that will take our jobs

Four robots that will take our jobs | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
While the world’s most advanced robots are still trying to master stairs (and karate), there will come a time when many jobs currently held by humans are done by robot workers.
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How an Inaccurate Soundbite Might Take Down Obamacare

How an Inaccurate Soundbite Might Take Down Obamacare | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Joshua Roberts / Reuters The Supreme Court is about to decide another blockbuster case arising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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A Lonely Life for Immigrants in America's Rust Belt

A Lonely Life for Immigrants in America's Rust Belt | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
James Steidl/ Shutterstock/The Atlantic CINCINNATI—When they were deciding where to settle down and raise a family, Lorena Mora-Mowry, a lawyer from Venezuela, and her husband Paul, a mechanical engineer from California, performed extensive research.
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