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Wed Sep 28, 2016, 03:42 PM

2. "Mask the problem of GMOs as a monopolistic business model which is destroying independent farms."

Sorry to inform you, but you're about 50 years late to the party. GMO's are not the reason for the monopolistic business models currently used by Syngenta, Monsanto, ADM, etc.

You could magically eliminate every GMO seed tomorrow, and ban their sale for eternity, and it would do jack shit to help independent farmers. This is because Agri-Biz already conquered the market with patented hybrid, non-GM seed 50 years ago. The same type of seed my grandfather was growing in the 1970's, and my dad in the 1980's and 1990's.

Without modern GM seed, farmers don't default to open-pollinated, heirloom seed you can save from year to year. They default to the patented, high-yielding non-GM hybrids because they blow the other varieties out of the water for yield and disease resistance. The fact you can't save seed is not, in fact, a problem most independent farmers really care all that much about. The cost of seed is a small percentage of your inputs on a farm in the grand scheme of things.

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