As I have written to you privately, Pioneer is deeply concerned with
issue, and we are studying it vigorously (you would be awestruck at the
scale of this research). But it is purely a response to an imaginary
problem (IMO - I don't know what our official policy is!).
To which Roberto replied:
There is no problem of genetic contamination in the US? I believe this
is now the second year that you can't export your contaminated corn
and soya crops to Europe. Please don't bury your head in the sand.
I should be awestruck at the scale of your research, and you tell me
the problem is imaginary? All seed companies are probably scared to
death, due to the contamination they've caused. Is Pioneer insured
against liability? What if corn farmers whose fields are contaminated
sue you for damages?
To which I add:
Roberto, you may have uncovered what's really going on. If I were
running a company producing GMOs and all this fuss was just "hysteria
and politicization," I would spend my money on PR and spin doctors. Not,
"...studying it vigorously (you would be awestruck at the scale of this
Since Pioneer is spending it's money on this awesome amount of research,
there must be a problem. Otherwise, why not spend the money where it
will produce the most profit in the long run? I thought that was the
purpose of capital corporations.
And, Roberto, you asked what if farmers sue for contamination of their
crops by Bt corn. Again, Pioneer is spending money on research. I would
spend it on a staff of civil lawyers to prepare for these *unwarranted
and unsubstantiated* cases.
Look to where the money is spent (this is what corporations run on) to
tell you where they're going. All the rest is, at best, wishful
thinking; at worst, damage control.
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