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Farmer exposes Non-GMO Project’s Twitter crop patent misinformation campaign

| | January 4, 2018
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The Non-GMO Project spreads misleading and inaccurate information about food, agriculture and health on its website and social media. This was apparent on Sunday, December 17th, when the organization tweeted about farmers’ rights and plant breeding:  Screen Shot at PM

Holding “GMO” liable for the transformation of plants into intellectual property remains a common misconception about agriculture, and one that the Non-GMO Project espouses regularly. As Forbes contributor Steven Savage noted in a 2013 post for the Biology Fortified blog, “plant variety patents have been a common feature of crop genetics since 1970 and that a great many of those patents are held by universities, by the USDA, and by similar international agencies (Patents for vegetatively propagated plants have been an option since 1930).”

Related article:  Non-GMO Project label doesn’t mean product is non-GMO, Canadian Food Inspection Agency says

Following Non-GMO Project’s tweet, Canadian farmer David Kucher, who regularly corrects the third-party verifier’s social media commentary, chimed in:Screen Shot at PM

Read full, original post: Non-GMO Project Misleads Consumers Again With Myths Easily Refuted By One Tweet From A Farmer

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