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<strong>Written By:</strong> harrisp
<strong>Date:</strong> 2005-08-11 08:07:00
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The issues the court had to decide were whether genetic patents were valid and with what scope, how exactly would such a patent be infringed, and whether contamination caused by an outside party imposes obligations on the party contaminated. </p> <p> Shmeiser argued that it should not be possible to patent life. Period. Further, since he never sprayed his crop with Monsanto’s product Roundup, he had not taken advantage of the herbicide-resistant quality of the crop and never benefited in any way from the presence of their patented material in his fields. In other words, he argued that since he didn’t exploit their invention, he could not have infringed Monsanto’s patent. He also argued that he was an innocent bystander: patented material “passively and inadvertently” mixed with his personal property and he should not be held accountable to the patent holder for that.</p> <p> The court sided with Monsanto on all points and created a huge problem for grain producers. Farmers say that cross-contamination from Monsanto’s products is wide-spread and uncontrollable. Essentially, the court has made individual farmers liable to Monsanto for crop contamination created by Monsanto.</p> <p> Beyond the absolutely absurdity that ‘life’ can be patented, Monsanto is not a newcomer to such controversial attempts to purchase the rights to Mother Nature. Nor are they shy about trying to control every bit of food we eat. They are also responsible for something called ‘terminator’ technology in which they sell you seed for a certain crop. The crop grows normally but is sterile and can’t produce seed. The idea is that you then have to buy more seed from Monsanto in order to plant the next crop. In effect, this upsets a balance that has existed over many millennia where farmers have traditionally grown crops and harvested some of the seed to produce the next crop. </p> <p> Crop planting from harvested seed appears to be what nature intended when these crops were domesticated many thousands of years ago. But by manipulating just a small gene within one of these crops, they are no longer part of the natural heritage of this planet: they are the private property of Monsanto.</p> <p> Worse for Canadians, it appears the Government of Canada may be complicit in assisting Monsanto to develop these terminator crops. What possible value this can provide to the world, other than Monsanto shareholders, is beyond comprehension.</p> <p> These so-called ‘suicide seeds’ strike a hard blow at the many millions of scratch farmers around the world who have existed for millennia by harvesting and replanting the crops that nature gave them. They are increasingly finding themselves in the clutches of this monolithic corporation whose sole purpose appears to be to find a way of ensuring that no food is grown that is not owned by Monsanto.</p> <p> Greenpeace’s release of August 2 reveals that Monsanto has applied for patent rights in more than 160 countries for The Monsanto Pig. The documents were filed in Geneva in February 2005 at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The language in the patent applications is sufficient vague that Monsanto is clearly seeking patent not only on the methods of breeding pigs, but on the actual act of breeding and the offspring of said breeding. </p> <p> Here’s what they’re doing: Monsanto’s patent application (WO 2005/015989) describes in very general terms methods of swine crossbreeding and selection, types of artificial insemination and other breeding methods, all of which are already in use. Monsanto’s ‘invention’ is the particular combination of these elements which they claim is designed to speed up the breeding cycle to make the animals (known as products) more commercially profitable. According to Greenpeace, Monsanto isn’t seeking only a patent on their ‘new’ method, they’re seeking also to patent the actual pigs which are produced by this method. Naturally, that would then give them a patent on all the little piglets and bacon that followed.</p> <p> In another application (WO 2005/017204), Monsanto refers to pigs in which a certain gene sequence related to faster growth is detected. This same sequence has been noted in mice and humans and is a variation on a naturally occurring sequence; Monsanto did not invent it. But they are trying to patent it</p> <p> If the patents are granted, Monsanto would be legally able to prevent pig breeders from breeding pigs whose characteristics are described in the broad and vague patent claims. Or pay royalties. Or go to jail.</p> <p> This appears to be Monsanto’s first step toward acquiring ownership of the animal kingdom. They have aggressively pursued already ownership of various grain and vegetable crops with the same kind of manipulative patent application language. This company used to make its money through agrochemicals; but in recent years they have aggressively bought up seed companies and they now hold a wide range of broad patents on seeds, most of which are Genetically Modified Organisms. </p> <p> Monsanto has even tried to claim patent rights on traditionally bred wheat from India and soy from China, with the patent claims attempting to apply not only to the seed but to all uses of the plants and harvest from those seeds. It is evident that they are trying to wrap up the whole food cycle as their personal property, to be resold to those able to afford Monsanto’s price.</p> <p> Canada’s Supreme Court made a mistake: the very premise that a corporation can own ‘life’, that it can take ownership of something that has developed through evolution merely by placing some obscure gene marker in it is patent nonsense (forgive the pun). But the corporations will run with this, and they will vigorously pursue malefactors through the legal system in an attempt to crush farmers.</p> <p> In light of the efforts of other corporations to sew up ownership rights to the world’s water, it is but a small leap to seeing the very basics of our existence in the clutches of a few faceless corporations. We would do well to recall that central control of food and water has been a standard tool for political and social control throughout much of our history. </p> <p> We could ultimately be seeing the merging of the entire global food and water supply into just a few hands. And it is not much of a reach to see food and water wars on the horizon. No one will give a damn about oil, the fight will be over much more basic needs. </p> <p> In the end, the corporations will lose because billions of people are not going to die of thirst and starvation because some foolish court rules that they don’t have the right to eat or drink. They will take what they need, and life will degenerate into a fierce fight for survival.</P> <p> It’s hard to imagine God being happy about all of this and it is surprising that he has not taken Monsanto to court for infringing his invention rights. But maybe he figures this is all our own stupid fault and we deserve it; we’ve done it to ourselves.</P> [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on August 11, 2005]


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It should also be mentioned that to further the plans for the global control of food by a handful of companies, like Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson, etc. one of the legislations forced on Iraq by the regime of US Proconsul Paul Bremer, was a law that forbids Iraqi farmers to use their own seeds for re-seeding and planting. This means any seeds. According to this law, all farmers and food producers must buy genetically modified seeds, which will eliminate not only natural grains, which originated in that area to begin with, but all indigenious varieties once they're established and start pollinating the countryside.

The side effect of this legislation is the other dream of neoclassical economists: The elimination of the family farm and its replacement with multinational corporate monocropping. Until now 85% of Iraqi farmers used their own seeds, but with this law a large percentage will go broke and be forced to sell out, until all are gone and Cargill rules.

The same story that's happening all over the world, including here in North America. The dream of Stalin for the elimination of the Kulaks and the collectivization of their lands into kolkhozes, now being fulfilled by capitalists under the neoclassical market theory.

As Paul points it out, our governments and judicial systems are in cahoots with this criminal conspiracy. I've been reading history for over 60 years and experienced every known ideology on my own skin, but I can not remember any criminal action by any empire, or religion that came even close to the scope of what's going on now. Yet, people are re-electing and following these crooks while calling it democracy ? Ed Deak, Big Lake, BC.





PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:57 am
 


A good related read:<br />
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<a href="http://www.reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=210">http://www.reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=210</a><br />


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Good article, Paul. Good points, Ed.

I know a couple of Saskatchewan farmers where my mother lives tried to grow non-GM canola and ended up having Monsanto dig it up because it was contaminated by the second year. After what happened to Schmeiser they weren't willing to take the chance.

Monsanto will come and tear up such crops for farmers, they then reimburse the cost of fuel (if you are lucky) for planting the crop.

Austrailia has tried to stay GM-free but has recently discovered GM genes in their crops. Given that the Aussies are a long way from anybody, how did that happen?





PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:49 am
 


Just the other day I was reading a link to Reuters (Ithink) about Australia as they are a totally free-zone gmo country.
They discovered gm contamination in their virtual testing and are very upset and will "search out and destroy" where this is coming from.
It is so unavoidable that regular crops will NOT be contamined by GMO's considering the nature of wind, birds, and other forms of these seeds invading any lands of the world.
These companies should be the ones sued for contaminating natures own seeds.
This is so disgusting and it is indicative of the power of corporations and the destruction of our one world and will lead to and be in cahots with all other forms of destroying our planet.





PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:59 pm
 


Is it possible to get a link to that story on Iraq farmers? That's pretty interesting, not that I'm not taking your word for it, I'd just like official sources. Thanks.





PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:27 pm
 


Here are more "unoffical" sources:<br />
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<a href="http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GMiraq.php">http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GMiraq.php</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.countercurrents.org/iraq-cymru030305.htm">http://www.countercurrents.org/iraq-cymru030305.htm</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.currentconcerns.ch/archive/2004/06/20040609.php">http://www.currentconcerns.ch/archive/2004/06/20040609.php</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0315-26.htm">http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0315-26.htm</a> - CommonDreams is pretty much an "official source" now<br />
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<a href="http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11963">http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11963</a> - same article as above carried on CorpWatch<br />
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<a href="http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/01/304431.html">http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/01/304431.html</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.iraqcoalition.org/regulations/#Orders">http://www.iraqcoalition.org/regulations/#Orders</a><br />
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OFFICIAL SOURCE:<br />
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Here's the PDF of Order 81 (straight from the horse's mouth, as they say)<br />
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<a href="http://www.iraqcoalition.org/regulations/20040426_CPAORD_81_Patents_Law.pdf">http://www.iraqcoalition.org/regulations/20040426_CPAORD_81_Patents_Law.pdf</a><br />


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More than anything else, we must keep a sharp eye on our politicians who are the ones selling us out. And the idea that "there is no alternative" must be done away with. There IS an alternative and it starts by all of us being aware of what is going on and getting involved.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 5:23 pm
 


OK, so here's an idea:

Somebody on the inside, please--exactly who in the Canadian government is Monsanto's global terminator seed lackey? I don't mean what department, I mean *WHO*? The first thing you think when you hear "the Canadian government" is going around selling this to other countries is, Canada? Really? *CANADA*? Why? So there has to be some embarrassing patronage in there somewhere.


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Check here<br />
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<a href="http://www.healthcoalition.ca/goodprisgrowing.html">http://www.healthcoalition.ca/goodprisgrowing.html</a><br />





PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:27 pm
 


I just read the article at healthcoalition.ca. I think I'm gonna be sick. How do we get this crap out of our stomaches, stores and fields before it ruins and maybe starts killing us? We supposedly put the bastards in Ottawa to work for us and they've been working against us for all these years. Once the truth is finally out, I'm pretty sure ANY fringe party that makes it an election issue and runs enough candidates will win the next election with a sweeping majority.

Would it be possible to inject enough backbone into Layton, or should we start a new party that will stand for the wishes of the people of Canada and topple this little clique of corruption?





PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:41 pm
 


I thought Perry Schmeiser won his case on appeal?





PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:44 pm
 


Percy Schmeiser's GM canola grew in perfectly spaced 10 inch rows on a 1/4 section of land...just ask his hired man. I understand there is some down side to glyphosate tolerant crops, but for Schmeiser to shroud himself in an anti-GMO environmentalist cloak after purposefully seeding unregistered GM Canola and spraying it with Monsanto's Round-Up is hypocracy at its finest.

In terms of environmental impact I would suggest that glyphosate is far less harmful than many other commonly used farm chemicals and, in my opinion, is less harmful than tillage practices associated with dryland organic farming. Finally, I've seen no verifiable science that can legitimately link any health concerns to GM canola.





PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:25 pm
 


Is it just me or is everyone else feeling over-loaded by changes. The nonsensical has become commonplace. I'm tired of being shocked by reality and don't know whether to accommodate or assimilate all that is happening. Is this what it felt like at the beginning of the last century? There is no way that I can explain this to my children. I agree that a political leader who makes sense of all of this will sweep the nation.


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This is not about Monsanto challenging God's patents, it about corrupt dirty low life political parties selling out the people of Canada.

Why are you and people like Green peace pointing at Monsanto or any other company who gets its way in Canada, these companies only get what our so called elected give them and after all, these political parties are nothing more than lobbyist organization for big business any way aren't they?

The problem here in Canada is we the people have no "government". "Government " is a myth and we are being had by those who own the parties.

I still cannot get over the fact that since 1956 at Base Gagetown, political parties have pumped millions of litres of deadly chemicals ( agent orange, white and purple ) into the soil and over the citizen in and around Gagetown. To think these so called political parties here in Canada are concerned about Asuma Bien Laden , when the Liberal, Tories and NDP parties have knowingly been destroying the environment and the people for over 40 years at Base Gagetown. What is even more upsetting , is they will hide behind “ government” to make sure they are not held accountable, once again we the taxpayers will pay the price for their criminal acts , and they will not be held accountable. It is time to hold these dirty political parties and politicians accountable and I do not just mean by voting them out off office, but placing them behind bars.

We should be suing these political parties for the way they abuse the power of “government” and breaching our trust.



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