Perhaps the most singular example of 21st Century rentier capitalism is agrabiz giant Monsanto.
The company has staked its future on a one-two punch, depriving farmers of what they’ve always cherished and protected, the right to hold some of their crop back each year to provide seed for next year’s crop.
With its patented GMO crops [previously], genetically engineered to withstand the company’s own patented weed-killer, the company not only leases one-time intellectual property rights in its seed but peddles the poison needed for those crops to survive.
Oh, and never mind that the genes herbicide-resistant genes have jumped to other plants, creating a so-called superweeds that require yet another round of gene tweaking accompanied by the release of yet more tepxic weed-killers.
Mexico, homeland to the root races of the world’s corn crops, has been fighting to keep Monsanto’s GMO corn out of their country, and now those GMO opponents have won another roung in an ongoing struggle
From teleSUR English:
A ban on planting genetically modified corn in Mexico is likely to continue for years as a slow-moving legal battle grinds on, said a top executive of U.S.-based seed and agrochemical company Monsanto Co.
Last week, a Mexican court upheld a late 2013 ruling that temporarily halted even pilot plots of GMO corn following a legal challenge over its effects on the environment.
Monsanto regional corporate director Laura Tamayo said in an interview that it will likely be “years” before the company can make any progress against the ban.
While Mexico is self-sufficient in white corn used to make the country’s staple tortillas, it depends on imports of mostly GMO yellow corn from the United States for its livestock.
Several years ago, Monsanto submitted two applications for the commercial planting of GMO corn in Mexico. Both sought 1.7 million acres in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, the country’s largest corn-producing area. Both applications are still pending for Monsanto.
Mexico is the birthplace of modern corn, domesticated about 8,000 years ago and today the planet’s most-produced grain.
Critics say genetically modified corn plantings will contaminate age-old native varieties and that toxins designed to protect the GMO grain against pests may be linked to elevated insect mortality.