> The big pharmaceutical companies began buying into the seed industry
> some time ago, I guess with a view toward a long term outlet for
> genetic technology. But the path hasn't been that rosy. The seed
> business is just not very profitable. One thing is clear though, an
> economy of scale exists. Companies like Novartis, Monsanto, and the
> Pioneer/DuPont partnership are the only ones big enough to do the R &
> D needed to develop and implement biochemically-based genetic
> products. I don't see this as particularly sinister, although it may
> have some negative consequences. I think an analogy with the
> automobile industry is appropriate. If this is "economic imperialism"
> it is the same old stuff we've seen for a hundred years across the
> seem to have no respect or appreciation for the innate harmony,
> order and
> sanctity of life. That may sound a bit harsh, but that is how I
> see it. The
> future is created by our choices.
> IMO, the harmony, order and sanctity of life are threatened more by
> large scale crop production, tillage, monoculture, fertilizer runoff
> and the like, and simply by being overrun by humans, than by genetic
> tweaking of crop varieties.
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