As the United States Supreme Court decides the limits (or lack thereof) of patenting life, Monsanto is positioning itself to dominate the gene market. After a lengthy legal battle with DuPont and subsequent settlement, Monsanto will likely become the largest Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) company in the world.
For years, DuPont has alleged that Monsanto is a threat to innovation, as the biotechnology bully dominates large and growing segments of industrialized agriculture. And DuPont has been correct in this assessment, which became the crux of its legal argument against Monsanto. But now that the two companies have agreed to partner together, the world faces a much larger threat in the form of a massive GMO cartel controlled by Monsanto.
“DuPont is the last of the big four to sign up to use Monsanto’s genetically engineered herbicide resistant soya (soy) bean traits,” explains gmeducation.org, referring to Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta, and Dow AgroSciences, which collectively own roughly 80 percent of the U.S. corn market and 70 percent of the soybean market.
Frankenfood is alive. And thanks to a lack of food labeling in America you are likely already eating it. Now a company is positioning itself to ingest the entire market. Yum.
The terms of the patent-licensing deal involve DuPont paying Monsanto $1.75 billion over the next ten years.
DuPont will pay Monsanto at least $1.75 billion over 10 years for the rights to technology for genetically engineered soybeans that are resistant to herbicides…
DuPont, which owns the Pioneer Hi-Bred seed company, has fought for years with Monsanto, which controls the technology for making soybeans resistant to the weed-killer Roundup, known generically as glyphosate. More than 90 percent of the soybeans planted in the United States incorporate that technology.
So a coming monopoly for plant life and, pending SCOTUS’ decision, a race for a monopoly over human genes. What could go wrong? It’s not like Monsanto can engineer laws to protect itself against any potential victims.