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Spreading of sterility

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, working together with Delta and Pine Land Company, has engaged in genetic engineering research to develop seeds that will produce sterile plants[2]. This effort, they claim, will boost sales of new seeds by preventing farmers from using seeds obtained from their previous year's plants. Preventing farmers from re-planting from a previous year's crops will force them to buy new seeds each year, thereby increasing Delta and Pine Land Company's revenue.

This proposed invention has created outrage in the community, and critics have pointed out that the invention could threaten the world's food supply through the spreading of sterility. Moreover, there is concern that this single corporation would control the world's food supply. Furthermore, this would end the centuries-old practice of farmers doing cross-breeding themselves to adapt plants to local soil and climate conditions.



Steve Mann
1998-09-15