> In Chicago there is already a very fast growing organic food movement and
>organic food represents the fastest growing market in the midwest.
Rate of growth is of interest, but the fact remains that the vast
majority of USA (& NZ) food is not organic but grown with unwise pesticides
> If people don't want to buy gm food (or agribusiness food in general),
>it doesn't matter how much money they have or how many lawyers.
This principle cannot be relied upon to defend people & ecosystems
from the harms that GM-crops (& GM-fish & GM-trees ...) may do in the
processes of their growing. They are too dangerous to be permitted to
grow, so reading the label on the supermarket shelf and wielding *choice*
is not in this case a legitimate option.
Market forces will certainly not suffice. In NZ we have beheld
deluded girlcotts pretending that consumer resistance (given labelling,
which doesn't exist) will shut down the GM-food trade. This approach is a
> Hopefully the farmer will eventually recognize that round-up ready
>soybeans hurts him more than it helps.
It is a puzzle of several years' standing that farmers of the USA &
Canada & Argentina continue to buy e.g GM-soy when yield is typically 6-7%
lower and several times as much herbicide is needed compared with standard
'conventional' soy culture. Monsanto's filthy legal capers against Percy
Schmeiser, Rodney Nelson et al are fairly widely known ... you'd think
farmers would want to shun the dreaded Large M ... Which social
psychologists are studying this puzzle ?
Who could be telling the farmers the truth but isn't?
> Subject: Re: Farmer sued for saving seeds and replanting
> The related AP news story is here:
>http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/biotech_pirates. I'm not
>sure why it should evoke any optimism. The final two paragraphs read as
>The company [Monsanto] said it has gone to trial five times and has never
>lost a legal fight against an accused pirate. The U.S. Supreme Court in
>1980 allowed for the patenting of genetically engineered life forms and
>extended the same protections to altered plants in 2001. Earlier this
>year, a Washington D.C. federal appeals court specifically upheld
>"It's sad. It's sickening. I'm disillusioned," said Rodney Nelson, a North
>Dakota farmer who settled a Monsanto suit in 2001 that he said was
>unfairly filed. "We have a heck of an uphill battle that I don't think can