An American horror story — Monsanto wants to patent pigs

“This year Monsanto invested more than $1 billion to develop the most robust pipeline of products in the industry. Today, Monsanto researchers throughout the world are actively working to discover, develop and deliver the next generation of agricultural products so farmers can get more out of each acre of farmland. Everything we do is aimed at helping to make agriculture more productive and more profitable for farmers, as well as more efficient and more sustainable for our earth.”

That’s what it says on a Monsanto puff page.

Looks good.  But Iowa pig farmer Jerry Rossman  wouldn’t agree,  especially with the  bit about  “more profitable for farmers”.

He grew a Monsanto double transgenic corn (Roundup ready and BT and fed it to his pigs.

His sows became sterile and year later he was bankrupt.

Jerry Rosman from Ananda Guillet on Vimeo.

Says, a Natural Society  article:

“Monsanto’s ‘biopesticide’ known as Bt is not only developing mutated insects and requiring excessive pesticide use, but new findings show that it is also killing human kidney cells — even in low doses. Amazingly, Monsanto’s superweed-breeding Roundup also has the same effect. Scientists have demonstrated in new research that the Bt pesticide, in addition to Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup, exhibit direct toxicity to human cells.

“The findings add to the long list of hazardous effects presented by Monsanto’s genetically modified creations.”

Rossman says his sows weren’t able to  reproduce,  and “French scientist from the University of Caen, Séralini and his team are no strangers to the toxic effects of both Bt and glyphosate — the main component used in Roundup,”  says the, adding.  “Previously, Séralini and a group of other scientists found that Roundup is linked to infertility, killing testicular cells in rats,”  says the story.

“The report stated that within 1 to 48 hours of exposure, testicular cells of the mature rats were either damaged or killed.”

“Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds,”  says Vanity Fair, adding

“Now it has targeted milk production.

“Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics–ruthless legal battles against small farmers–is its decades-long history of toxic contamination.”

Monsanto  has applied for a patent for pig breeding in 160 countries, says Patent For A Pig: The Big Business of Genetics, continuing:

“The patent is for specific parts of the genetic material of pigs which Monsanto’s genetic researchers have decoded. If this patent is granted, pig breeding would be possible with the approval of the company.

“Farmers and breeders are naturally alarmed because these genes have long existed in the great majority of their pigs. Using DNA tests they can prove that there is no new invention in the patent applications but that, instead, granting this patent would be to allow a part of nature to fall into the hands of a single company.

“Monsanto’s influence on the patent offices is huge. If the patent is approved, money will have to be paid to Monsanto for every pig in the world carrying this genetic marker. This has long been the case for certain feedstuffs, such as genetically modified maize. Many farmers in the US have already become dependent on the company.

 but it’s not merely a question of money.  Adds patent for a pig, it’s  “also a question of the risk posed to consumers.

“In America, as in Europe, cases of infertility in animals fed with genetically modified maize are becoming increasingly common. No-one yet knows what effects such products are having on humans.”

 “The patent is for specific parts of the genetic material of pigs which Monsanto’s genetic researchers have decoded. If this patent is granted, pig breeding would be possible with the approval of the company.

“Farmers and breeders are naturally alarmed because these genes have long existed in the great majority of their pigs. Using DNA tests they can prove that there is no new invention in the patent applications but that, instead, granting this patent would be to allow a part of nature to fall into the hands of a single company.”

Monsanto’s influence on the patent offices is huge. If the patent is approved, money will have to be paid to Monsanto for every pig in the world carrying this genetic marker. This has long been the case for certain feedstuffs, such as genetically modified maize. Many farmers in the US have already become dependent on the company.
It is not merely a question of money, however, but also a question of the risk posed to consumers.

“In America, as in Europe, cases of infertility in animals fed with genetically modified maize are becoming increasingly common.

No-one yet knows what effects such products are having on humans.

Jon Newton — myblogdammit

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