Bassat wrote in post #18372747
Perhaps the problem is granting a patent on a life form in the first place. Screw Dow, Syngenta, and Monsanto. Farming was at its most efficient (less waste) when it was done by rotating crops, critters, and rest. A small (10-100 acre) plot can be self-sustaining. That is never going to happen with 10,000 acre farms that grow the same crop every season.
Want more efficient farming? Kill the farm bill.
A 10-100 acre farm is self sustaining, but that doesn't support a guy like me who doesn't farm. Larger farms support everyone else. Bringing it back to photography, this is what it looks like not far from where I live. There aren't any 10,000 acre farms near me. Most of them are 640 acre (1 square mile). I don't know a heck of a lot about farming, but most of the farms in this picture are family owned. Where I work, a lot of people own farms and rent the land. That doesn't mean farming isn't done differently elsewhere. I know there are seed strains that aren't covered under any patent, and I'm sure the farmers would use those seeds (or save them for a future season) if it were more profitable to do so. It's not as if the seed companies won't let them choose what seeds to buy.
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