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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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Are you a better speller than President Donald Trump?

Are you a better speller than President Donald Trump? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
"Covfefe"? "Councel"? "Unpresidented"?
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Finally something T does I can relate to... misspelling or misusing words.
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Trump accuses Clinton of colluding with Democrats to defeat ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders’

Trump accuses Clinton of colluding with Democrats to defeat ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders’ | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
"Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!” President Trump tweeted Sunday.
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I'm sure T thinks Bernie's crazy. The idea of a president that is more us and not me is totally nuts to a Bozo that is all me.
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Renowned Psychoanalyst Reveals Disturbing Revelation About Donald Trump's Supporters, And It Is Extremely Sad

Renowned Psychoanalyst Reveals Disturbing Revelation About Donald Trump's Supporters, And It Is Extremely Sad | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Ah, the Trump supporter. What makes them tick? One question many reason-minded Americans are asking is why so many people …
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Beyond opposing Trump, Democrats keep searching for a message

Beyond opposing Trump, Democrats keep searching for a message | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Debate over how to talk about economic and cultural issues and role of government in the age of Trump?
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Opinion | The Democrats’ Religion Problem

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Wrong thinking in this opinion piece. Plus black southern women that helped Hilary so much in the south early on said the main reason they did not vote for Bernie was that they were actually not familiar with him nor were they aware of his civil rights background. The democrats made lots a headway in strong Red districts and all four special elections.
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Trey Gowdy Says Oversight Committee Will No Longer Pursue Russia Investigation -

Trey Gowdy Says Oversight Committee Will No Longer Pursue Russia Investigation - | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Gowdy is the brand new Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. And he announced Friday that his committee will no longer participate in the Russia probe.
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I guess he took the loyalty pledge. I may fact check this more....didn't see this reported anywhere else yet.
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Vox Sentences: Jobs, jobs, jobs (are still moving to Mexico)

Vox Sentences: Jobs, jobs, jobs (are still moving to Mexico) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Boeing and Carrier announce layoffs; East Coast subway riders suffer through repairs; Saudi Arabia gives Qatar a set of ultimatums.
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The banquet business was booming at Mar-a-Lago. Then Trump became president.

The banquet business was booming at Mar-a-Lago. Then Trump became president. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Trump’s club in Palm Beach, Fla., faces potential revenue losses as charities move galas elsewhere.
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California just added four more ‘discriminatory’ states to its travel ban

California just added four more ‘discriminatory’ states to its travel ban | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
California now bars state-funded travel to eight other states.
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KING: Why progressives feel unwelcome in the Democratic Party

KING: Why progressives feel unwelcome in the Democratic Party | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Democratic Party has shifted to the right. It's not anti-war. It's not strong on the environment. It's not strong on civil rights.
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Georgia’s special congressional election proves all politics aren’t local

Georgia’s special congressional election proves all politics aren’t local | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Out-of-state interests together spent $26.2 million to influence voters
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Great break down of how money influenced the recent Georgia election. I vote democrats to try to push back on the influence of money in elections and policy making. Sometimes I now donate small funds to the media sources that are watchdog groups and only democrats with the most progressive push back on money corrupting our democracy and policy. I would vote Republicans if I could find any willing to actually stand up to the corruption of money in our once democratic national policy. The Clinton's are too corporate user friendly in their policy decision making which is why many could not stand by her anymore than a Republican... As a result many didn't show up as they saw no one to support & others thought they would go with Trump as a unknown politician that was picking up on Bernie's messages from highjacking it as Hillary did. But Trump has deferred most policy to the corruption of rich donors and ultra right that do the bidding for richest people in congress and across the nation. traditional GOP donor
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U.N. Says World's Population Will Reach 9.8 Billion By 2050

U.N. Says World's Population Will Reach 9.8 Billion By 2050 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The population growth is being driven by high birth rates in developing nations as well as higher life expectancy worldwide.
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Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of 100 Iraqis

Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of 100 Iraqis | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the deportation of about 100 Iraqi nationals rounded up in Michigan in recent weeks who argued that they could face persecution or torture in Iraq because they are religious minorities.
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Koch network withholding support of Senate health-care bill, pushing for changes

Koch network withholding support of Senate health-care bill, pushing for changes | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
“In all candor, we’ve been disappointed that movement is not more dramatic toward a full repeal or rollback (of the Affordable Care Act). But we’re not walking away,” said Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity.
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The real owners of the Republican Party are trying to get their policy makers on track. They paid to get their men and women in the right spots in state and notional government for decades and now they have a few that have decided to grow their own brain, think about the people they were actually elected to represent instead of manipulate and do the right thing for them. Excerpt: "As hundreds of donors gathered Saturday for a three-day seminar organized by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, leaders from the constellation of groups that support his agenda outlined concerns about the draft bill." They want medical care to stay in the emergency room where they rarely sit and wait....and real care to be for those that can afford it. They are Libertarians and are not their brother's keeper for sure. People are here to keep them and serve them.
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Sanders responds to ongoing probe into wife’s 2010 bank loan

Sanders responds to ongoing probe into wife’s 2010 bank loan | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bernie and Jane Sanders reportedly retained attorneys to represent them in a long-running investigation into the collapse of Burlington College
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How the Health Care Bill Could Impact Consumers

How the Health Care Bill Could Impact Consumers | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The GOP health plan would scale back coverage through the insurance markets and make fundamental changes to the broader Medicaid program
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Excerpt: Not only would the GOP legislation scale back coverage through the insurance markets and phase out the Medicaid expansion, it would also make fundamental changes to the broader Medicaid program. The federal-state program covers low-income people, from newborns to elderly nursing home residents, from special-needs kids to young adults caught in the opioid epidemic.
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Republican governors could be secret weapon against health care bill

Republican governors could be secret weapon against health care bill | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Opposition by a handful of governors could provide political cover for key senators to oppose the legislation.
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Gowdy won't use Oversight gavel to probe Russia

Gowdy won't use Oversight gavel to probe Russia | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Rep. Trey Gowdy’s (R-S.C.) position is a sharp departure from that of his predecessor.
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I'm beginning to wonder if the whole GOP leadership took Trumps locality pledge and did Trump give his loyalty to Putin?
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Bombshell Report Reveals Mitch McConnell Allowed Russia To Attack The US To Help Trump

Bombshell Report Reveals Mitch McConnell Allowed Russia To Attack The US To Help Trump | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In a tone that would become familiar in the following months, Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) allowed Russia to interfere in the election to help Trump by expressing skepticism about the intelligence that Russia was meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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Layoffs start next month at the Carrier plant Trump "saved" last winter

Layoffs start next month at the Carrier plant Trump "saved" last winter | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
And the Ford Focus is moving to China rather than Mexico. Oops.
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Trump joins the effort to pass a health-care bill, but another GOP senator is opposed

Trump joins the effort to pass a health-care bill, but another GOP senator is opposed | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada announced he won’t vote for the bill in its current form.
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The secret lives of young IS fighters

The secret lives of young IS fighters | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Three young IS militants lie dead on the banks of the River Tigris. They have left behind photos and documents revealing their private lives.
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What Could Raising Taxes on the 1% Do? Surprising Amounts

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Layoffs announced at Boeing plant Trump visited

Layoffs announced at Boeing plant Trump visited | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Must have made a deal not to lay off folks at those two companies till after Trump was in the White House.
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Trump Sued For Allegedly Violating Presidential Records Act

Trump Sued For Allegedly Violating Presidential Records Act | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Ethics watchdog groups say that White House staffers' reported use of encrypted messaging apps to communicate prevents presidential records from being archived, as required by law.
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