Eating Poison Everyday (Part 3) : GMO 5 / 天天都在吃毒 (第三部) : 基因改造篇 5

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Previous Chapters of the “GMO” Series:

5)

Contamination of Gene

The contamination caused by the genetically modified crops is the nightmare for the farmers, and also the calamity for the global food system.

The pollen of GM crops contaminate the genes of the organic or conventional crops nearby through agents such as wind, rain, birds, bees & insects. Even in the rural area of Mexico, the types of corn that are considered as national treasure in terms of varieties & purity, also contaminated by the GM corn in America.

“Patent” of GM Seeds

In the past, farmers usually would save up a batch of seeds for next season’s planting.
But Monsanto’s “Seed Patent” banned the farmers from saving their GM seeds, forced the farmers to always have to buy a new batch of seeds.

The pollen of Monsanto’s GM crops flew to others’ field, contaminated others’ pure seeds, but they turned around and accuse others of infringing upon the patent of their GM seed! Monsanto hired a group of “Gene Police”, took sample from others’ field without permission, then sent letter to the farmers whom crops were contaminated, accused them of infringing upon Monsanto’s seed patent, and demanded the farmers to pay compensation.

 

 

“Terminator” Seed

If Seed Patent can no longer effectively stop the farmers from saving the seeds, Monsanto might be using the next weapon — the “Terminator” genetically modified seed.

“Terminator” GM seed is also called as the “Sterile Seed“, it will create toxin to kill its own embryo — its plant can only bear fruits once, but its new seeds cannot be planted again. Thus every time after harvest, the farmers must buy a new batch of seeds. The bigger crisis is: If this “Terminator” GM seed contaminated other seeds, will it cause other seeds to be “sterile” too ?

 

Extended Resources

 

Edited version, based on the articles in my blog: “U-Turn of Creation

To be continued……

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“基因改造篇”的前几章:

5)

基因的污染

基因改造农作物造成的污染,是农民的恶梦,也是全球粮食的祸患。

基改农作物的花粉,透过风、雨、鸟、蜂和虫等等传粉媒介,污染了附近的有机或普通农作物的基因。就连墨西哥乡下,无论在多样性和纯度方面都被视为国际珍宝的玉米品种,也受到美国基改玉米的污染。

基改种子“专利权”

以前,农民们通常会保留一部份种子给下一季种植。但是孟山都的“种子专利权”禁止农民保留其基改种子,迫使农民每次都必须跟他们购买新一批种子

孟山都的基改农作物的花粉飞到别人田地,污染了人家的纯净种子,但孟山都却反咬人一口、控告别人侵犯其基改种子的“专利权”!孟山都聘请了一批“基因警察”,私自到人家田地搜取植物样本,然后发信给农作物“遭污染”的农民,控告农民侵犯专利权,要求他们支付赔偿金。

 

 

“终结者”种子

如果“种子专利权”不再能阻止农民保留种子,孟山都很可能会采用下一个控制武器 –“终结者”基改种子(Terminator seed)。

“终结者”基改种子,也称为“不育”基改种子,会制造毒素将自己的胚芽杀死 — 只能结一次果子,但新种子却不能再用来种植。如此,农民每一次收割后,就非得购买新一批种子不可。更大的危机是: 若这些“终结者”基改种子污染了别人的普通种子,会不会导致别的种子也“不育”?

 

延伸资讯

 

修订版,取材自我部落格 “万物的U转” 里的文章

待续……

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