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Re: Jon Stewart takes on BioTech/Patent Law
« Reply #25 on: September 25, 2013, 03:04:49 PM »
Yeah - the exemption in the 1970 law is the one that the farmers need to hammer on, as forbidding the salvage of seeds would run counter to the PVPA.

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Re: Jon Stewart takes on BioTech/Patent Law
« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2013, 03:08:33 PM »
 They don't have the monetary pull that Monsanto does. It helps when you own your own political party.

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Re: Jon Stewart takes on BioTech/Patent Law
« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2013, 03:12:41 PM »
Yeah - the exemption in the 1970 law is the one that the farmers need to hammer on, as forbidding the salvage of seeds would run counter to the PVPA.

You can sign away a right though.  At least over here.  Monsanto would have every right to say "sign this contract if you want to buy our seeds, otherwise we're not selling them to you" and said contract including a provision that you won't salvage seeds.

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Re: Jon Stewart takes on BioTech/Patent Law
« Reply #28 on: September 25, 2013, 09:18:14 PM »
You can sign away a right though.  At least over here.  Monsanto would have every right to say "sign this contract if you want to buy our seeds, otherwise we're not selling them to you" and said contract including a provision that you won't salvage seeds.

That is the whole problem, Monsanto has a near monopoly on GMO crop seeds that farmers use, their is no viable alternative. As noted before, Monsanto seems to have the money and political power to write laws and get them enacted that protect their patents, forbid truth in labeling, and generally continue practices that are anti-consumer.

The one case that made it to the Supreme Court was for a farmer who went and got seed from where grains were stored. technically, he felt that since he was not replanting his own seed that he had saved he was not violating the contract. Monsanto and the Supreme Court said it did not matter, he was still violating their patent. Thus Monsanto tightened their hold on all of their product, even if it is second or third generation crop seed that came from another source. Monsanto patent prevails forever apparently. Sucks.

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Re: Jon Stewart takes on BioTech/Patent Law
« Reply #29 on: September 26, 2013, 08:11:10 AM »
They don't have the monetary pull that Monsanto does. It helps when you own your own political party.

Except its PARTIES, and their very own federal court district and several arbitration firms.