Gallery: Monsanto May Seek to Revive ‘Terminator’ Technology

 

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Agri-giant Monsanto is headed to the Supreme Court this week for a battle against 75-year-old Indian farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman. If Bowman wins, it could be hailed as a massive win for the little guy, and it would make it harder for companies like Monsanto to enforce patents, but the case could have broader implications. If Monsanto loses the case, the company may opt to resurrect technology that would allow it to sterilize seeds, preventing them from being able to produce offspring. Dubbed ‘terminator’ technology, the result is a seed that can produce a crop of food but cannot reproduce, effectively self-destructing after a single use, and it could spell disaster for farmers.

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  1. thpnn January 16, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Let me try to understand this. If 10% of my field is contaminated by my $%^@% neighbour’s pollen, and that 10% dies. So whom do I sue? Monsanto or the neighbour?

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