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Author Topic: Scientific American Article - Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
BuckarooSa-
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Post Scientific American Article - Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
on: January 15, 2013, 06:30
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About 3 years ago Scientific American wrote a good article about how seed companies generally don't allow for independent research on the efficacy of their products. The issue mostly resolves around the biggest producers Monsanto, Pioneer and Syngenta and their user agreements. Just want to know if there are any updates on this or if this is still a real problem.

Here is the link to the article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=do-seed-companies-control-gm-crop-research

-Buckaroo

Bill Price
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Post Re: Scientific American Article - Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
on: January 15, 2013, 10:44
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I can't answer this directly, but was wondering if anyone had an actual copy of a use license they could post.

TravisK
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Post Re: Scientific American Article - Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
on: January 15, 2013, 11:26
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Brian is a farmer and blogger from IN who posted his technology use agreement online.

http://thefarmerslife.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/i-occupy-our-food-supply-everyday/

At any rate I don't see Monsanto suing Seralini for improperly testing their seed...

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Post Re: Scientific American Article - Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
on: January 15, 2013, 11:34
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TravisK beat me to it. I'm working on an updated version write now that will go up on CNN's Eatocracy blog.

Bill Price
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Post Re: Scientific American Article - Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
on: January 15, 2013, 15:46
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Thanks Brian and TravisK. This looks to be the offending bit:

Grower may not conduct research on Grower's crop produced from Seed other than to make agronomic comparisons and conduct yield testing for Grower's own use.

So variety trials are ok, which most land grant universities do routinely, but how far "agronomic comparisons" can be stretched is a question. Perhaps something like nutritional analysis is ok, but probably not health, feeding or environmental effects. Not without permission, anyway. So how do people like Seralini grow and use their material? Did Monsanto give him permission to use NK603?

MaryM
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Post Re: Scientific American Article - Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
on: January 15, 2013, 19:17
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This happened not long after that SciAm piece: Monsanto relaxes restrictions on sharing seeds for research

http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v28/n10/full/nbt1010-996c.html

Sorry it's subscription, but I think I once found the text posted to a forum or something somewhere *cough*.

Bill Price
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Post Re: Scientific American Article - Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
on: January 15, 2013, 19:46
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Spot on, as usual, MaryM! :) Thanks for the info.

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