Bowman v. Monsanto is not about the save-the-seeds myth

| February 25, 2013
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Farmers have been using certified seed for more than 100 years in Canada. Very few farmers breed seed these days. In an opinion piece, Indiana farmer Brian Scott stated: “If we wanted to breed our own varieties, I’m sure we could, but I look at it as division of labour. Seed companies are great at coming up with great products.”

Nobody forces a farmer to agree to the terms of a seed purchase. If a farmer wishes to forgo the advantages of certified seed, he or she can simply use older, unrestricted crop varieties. There are hundreds of varieties in the public domain — off-patent or non-GM — that can be freely accessed.

Read the full post here: Monsanto court case not about save-the-seeds myth

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