Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D.
January 19, 2016
Many regular readers here shared this article, and its importance require alerting you to it. Over the years, I’ve been blogging about the GMO issue, and chiefly from the point of view of its potential geopolitical significance, advancing the idea that eventually nations like Russia, which have registered profound misgivings about the “science” behind GMOs assuring consumers of their safety, could conceivably steal a march on giant Western agribusiness companies like Mon(ster)santo by entering the international agricultural market and selling not only non-GMO foodstuffs, but also non-GMO seeds. Additionally, recent court decisions in France have raised issues, once again, about the corporate claims for the safety of their products, and finally, because of the growing backlash against GMOs, agribusiness giants like Mon(ster)santo have recently announced cutbacks and layoffs due to falling profits.
It’s against that backdrop that I suggest one must understand this article:
Monsanto Buys Up Heirloom Seed Suppliers
I suggest that the crux of the matter is here:
The NM Tree and Garden Center located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico has discovered that Monsanto is buying heirloom seed companies. They are also buying the trademarks to a number of heirloom seeds. This means that you may think you are supporting an heirloom seed company but in reality the company is owned by Monsanto. The seeds themselves are still non-GMO and heirloom and they can be saved at the end of the harvest and resown next season, but you are still giving money to Monsanto.
Monsanto are also buying trademarks so that no matter where you buy certain seeds, they get money from it. Here is a LINK to the trademarks and seed companies Monsanto supply and ones that they do not supply in the USA.
Why are small organic/heirloom marques being acquired by the big global corporates? Firstly, there is a commercial market for them. Secondly, what you own you can control. Thirdly, if you are a vast industrial magnate and own one of these companies you can marginalize its market if you wish.
So which is it? Are the agribusiness giants buying up heirloom seed companies because they wish to “marginalize,” i.e., simply get rid of heirloom seeds altogether, and reduce the world to the status of serf populations paying endless rents and royalties to the corporations simply for the privilege of living? or are we dealing with some other agenda?
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