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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
This effort, they claim, will boost sales of new seeds by
preventing farmers from using seeds obtained from their previous
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.