by: S.D. Fields (c)copyright 2010 All rights reserved

 

“The trucker knew he was a target. Operating on the Interstate to perform a delivery was a risky move because he had no licensing agreement for authority. The dirt roads weren’t efficient enough and  sooner or later he had to surface to cross a major river to access state lines. Always looking in the mirror was tiresome, so maybe driving at night would provide some cover. Who should worry? What he was doing was not against the law, but thousands of snitches were willing to call a hot line to turn him in. He hated driving through St. Louis anyway, it was the home of the Gateway Mafia.

Bureaucrats in Washington had allowed a firm named M-satan Movers to paint the center line with their patented paint. Congress never approved it, but a judge with former employment credentials of M-satan Movers ruled it was legal. This center line provided certain features that M-satan Movers claimed was revolutionary.

The trucking firm only had one rig. M-satan Movers had 50,000.  Since MM had the patent on this new paint they were allowed to pick & choose who got to drive on the hi-way system. Competitors dropped like flies in freezing weather. The injustice of the issue is the fact that all trucking firms were made to help maintain the hi-way infrastructure with their taxes; but many now couldn’t access it without permission from a major competitor. Very expensive licensing agreements were required; exposing all customer records. Fuel tickets & log books also were demanded. Those who chose to sell their soul to M-satan, soon found themselves in trouble because it was impossible to cross the financial threshold & constant demands of MM. When these firms couldn’t make ends meet, M-satan Movers consumed them in a leveraged takeover.

Although this is an analogy, the same level of redundant behavior is occurring in the seed industry.  Monsanto’s Round-up Ready is nothing more than a chemical event piggybacked onto the public’s genetic infrastructure.  The seed is used as a vehicle for delivery.  Since only so much infrastructure, exists, controlling a massive segment gives a fantastic amount of leverage to a single company.”

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How could this happen? There is catastrophic ignorance from our legal system when applying patent law to life. Assuming genetics are stable enough to continue indefinitely is equivalent to assuming a farmer is going to get the same amount of rainfall every year, exactly when they need it.

These genetics are a parallel to our hi-way system.  Layers of publicly funded research and development have expanded the various corridors for the public to access and spur economic growth.  The same taxation without benefit is occurring also.  Public universities are patenting publicly funded research and allowing single seed companies to claim it as their own.

Dupont recently tried to utilize the genetic infrastructure by attaching their chemical event to Monsanto’s chemical event.  Dupont wanted to behave like Monsanto in the end; eliminating farmers choices by enforcing “no seed saving”. Monsanto certainly didn’t want to be piggybacked off of; they could dish it out but they couldn’t take it. The courts lack the wisdom to settle issues in an industry that Monsanto had covertly worked to de-regulate; their court opinions simply don’t work.

Seed developers should be able to enhance whatever they wish & then quit being cowards by pricing the value of their product up front.  It’s the only way to be fair with the public and each other. Value speaks for itself.

Entrepreneurs like seed cleaners and single truck operators are typically small operators. Very little equity is a hardship that establishes a distinct disadvantage by removing access to their respective infrastructures ensuring that no new competitive firms can emerge.

Complaining to elected officials is less than productive.  Excuses like “unintended consequences” are used as responses. They know it is going on, but most are more in love with the financial contributions from mega operators, than representing their voters. After all, campers, hunters, and commuters were still traveling on the roads; they had no problem.

Allowing very few to control our food chain puts less choices on your plate. I have zero confidence in a chemical company that has established itself by marketing death. The bottom line is being accomplished by only releasing seeds that make them money, as opposed to contributing to the public good, while PR claims are aimed at controlling the clueless mindset.

The public is going to need a mass awakening. The scope of patent law has expanded to treat farmers as if they are servants of the seed companies. Controlling a farmer’s crop beyond harvest opens the door for a CEO to be able to decide who gets to eat. Blend this knowledge with the ever expanding court opinions of patenting life and the threshold is crossed to “legalized murder”.

Do I have your attention yet?

Seed cleaners need complete indiscriminate access to all of our genetic infrastructure.  If a farmer calls to clean seed, it should occur without having his reasonable expectation of privacy and  private property violated.  Seed companies of tomorrow will never emerge without cleaners having the opportunity to build the equity and customer allegiance needed to evolve.  Complete free flow of germ-plasms should exchange with rapid urgency for the public good.  

Seed companies owe us advanced technology; it’s the whole point behind loaning them the infrastructure.  Isn’t attaching a patented chemical event onto our seed genetics a form of enhancement as outlined by the PVPA?

Everybody should have the right to travel every road.

Are we satisfied with consolidation?  I prefer diversification.

Thomas Jefferson was a visionary with quotes for future patriots.” To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical”.