Genetic Engineering does indeed have problems

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at
Wed Feb 23 22:48:18 EST 2000

Chris mentioned that patenting seeds is difficult to enforce. It is my 
understanding that farmers who agree to purchase the bioengineered (as 
opposed to artificially bred and selected) seeds, have had to sign an 
agreement that they would NOT save seed for future plantings. It is my 
understanding that a marker has been inserted to allow such seed to be 
identified. So inspectors could test next year's crop to see if it arose 
"illegally" from last year's seed. 

Mike Gochfeld

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