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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

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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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My libertarian vacation nightmare: How Ayn Rand, Ron Paul & their groupies were all debunked

My libertarian vacation nightmare: How Ayn Rand, Ron Paul & their groupies were all debunked | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
My family and I traveled last month to a Honduras city known for its libertarian ideals. Here's what happened next
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Big Brother 2.0: 160000 Facebook pages are hacked a day - New York Post

Big Brother 2.0: 160000 Facebook pages are hacked a day - New York Post | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WikiLeaks, the National Security Agency, data mining — we all know Big Brother is watching. But few of us realize to what extent. Some things you might not know: Your smart TV is probably watching ...
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Government of the Legislature, by the Legislature, for the Legislature

Government of the Legislature, by the Legislature, for the Legislature | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
An adaptation of an 1812 cartoon criticizing Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry's partisan redistricting ( Kenny Cole/Flickr ) “If my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote to a friend in 1920.
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Republican hawks stole the show at CPAC. Here’s why that matters.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week, you might have expected to see evidence of the debate raging in the Republican Party over its approach to foreign policy.
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‘Shut Down Homan Square’: Anonymous, Black Lives Matter swarm Chicago police ‘black site’

‘Shut Down Homan Square’: Anonymous, Black Lives Matter swarm Chicago police ‘black site’ | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Chicago police facility Homan Square was becoming the focus of an organized protest movement this weekend, as the hacktivist collective Anonymous and organizers associated with the Black Lives Matter movement seized on allegations of...
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Watch John Oliver Explain the Absurdity of Judicial Elections (Mature Language)

Watch John Oliver Explain the Absurdity of Judicial Elections (Mature Language) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On this week’s edition of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver discussed the public election of judges, a practice that occurs in all but 11 states.
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Gerry Adams accuses Burton of being the 'architect of austerity' - Irish Times

Gerry Adams accuses Burton of being the 'architect of austerity' - Irish Times | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Sinn Féin leader says Labour voters feel ‘betrayed’
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Rupert Murdoch to rehire editor acquitted in phone-hacking scandal

Rupert Murdoch to rehire editor acquitted in phone-hacking scandal | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Rebekah Brooks is close to being rehired by Rupert Murdoch in a permanent position heading up his search for new online investments.
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Open Season for Intolerance: How Russia's Anti-Gay Propaganda Laws are Destroying Lives | Nomadic Politics

Open Season for Intolerance: How Russia's Anti-Gay Propaganda Laws are Destroying Lives | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
An article in a Russian newspaper provides one example of how discriminatory toward gay citizens Putin's anti-gay propaganda policy has become. It has become a tool for hunting down individuals and destroying their careers.
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Whether you are a fan of Gay marriage or lifestyles or hate gay people or not, surely if one wants to save the traditional marriages....  the place to start would be with avoiding choices and behaviors that lead to divorce. Who wants to be the one that marries a person that is forced to be someone they are not just to save face or maybe even stay alive or get by? People that try to force everyone into a mold just because that is how they want that person to be aren't helping any of us... I'm not talking about allowing people to do whatever they want regardless of others.....but hurting people because they are different or think different is uncalled for, unwise, and down right mean and hateful.

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A rare look inside a Saudi prison that showers terrorists with perks

A rare look inside a Saudi prison that showers terrorists with perks | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Except for the machine guns and guard towers, the al-Hair high-security prison looks remarkably like a hotel — especially the conjugal-visit wing. Beyond a heavy iron gate, its bars painted a cheerful lavender, a red carpet stretches the length of a long hallway, where each of the 38 private cells has a queen-size bed, a fridge, a television and a shower.
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Hammerstrom: Will we know corruption when we see it?

Hammerstrom: Will we know corruption when we see it? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
By Jim Hammerstrom
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Something to think about....

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Pope Francis to Address Congress on September 24

Pope Francis to Address Congress on September 24 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Pope Francis will visit the U.S. Capitol on September 24 and deliver an address to a joint session of Congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Thurs...
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Yes! This should really be worth watching!

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Bethlehem Township sets new vacation limits for employees - WFMZ Allentown

Bethlehem Township sets new vacation limits for employees - WFMZ Allentown | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bethlehem Township Commissioners on Monday set new rules for how much paid time off non-union employees can have.
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Here come the jobs, finally - Christian Science Monitor

Here come the jobs, finally - Christian Science Monitor | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Even the long-term unemployed are starting to find work. But how strong is the jobs recovery, really?
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Sick of Money Corrupting Politics? Take the Fight Local. | BillMoyers.com

Sick of Money Corrupting Politics? Take the Fight Local. | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Fighting the corruption of money in politics one city and state at a time may be the most effective path to reform.
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Inside the mind of Machiavelli: The early writings that foretold a revolution

Inside the mind of Machiavelli: The early writings that foretold a revolution | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Niccolo Machiavelli was one of the most important thinkers of his time. Here's where he got his start
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Here is an account of one man's way to discover inner reflection...I suggest this is where every major, meaningful revolution starts.

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The Path to Freedom From Corruption Goes Through New York State — And Your State

The Path to Freedom From Corruption Goes Through New York State — And Your State | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
BillMoyers.com is proud to collaborate with Every Voice on a series of op-eds featuring ideas from a variety of viewpoints for making our democracy one that is truly of, by and for the people.
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This is worth the time needed to check it out!

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Comment on Google Leads a Corporate Exodus From Lobbying Group ALEC by lazerhaze

Comment on Google Leads a Corporate Exodus From Lobbying Group ALEC by lazerhaze | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It’s about time that business in America gets hurt in a far more severe way than the American people were hurt by businesses actions in government (the crash of 08) Businesses need the threat of the death penalty, Americans should be allowed to...
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Can conservatives come together?

Can conservatives come together? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Conservatives are trying to overcome their biggest challenge: themselves.
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At least 6 Republican states revisit their stance of resisting Obamacare - Washington Post

At least 6 Republican states revisit their stance of resisting Obamacare - Washington Post | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
They fret over a possible court decision that would revoke subsidies for millions of Americans.
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How the Facts about Benghazi Bring an End to the Republican Lying Game | Nomadic Politics

How the Facts about Benghazi Bring an End to the Republican Lying Game | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
After two long years of investigating the Benghazi incident, the Republicans were forced to admit that all of the slanderous claims made against Obama and his administration were, in fact, untrue.
Nobody wants to talk about holding anybody to account now.
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Public Service Commission

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Common Cause Nebraska has discovered that 76% of campaign financing from identifiable donors for incumbent Nebraska Public Service Commissioners comes from the industries they regulate or people directly connected to those industries
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Keep your eye on the money behind the policy.....

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision would undermine U.S. sovereignty.
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How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web - Nextgov

How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web - Nextgov | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
ISIS already is on the Dark Web raising money through Bitcoin. The military is on the Dark Web, too.
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