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April 06, 2017 - Kashmir Reader
Companies are modifying seeds through genetic engineering for increasing production and enhancing other desirable qualities in crops. When a seed is genetically modified, a patent is granted to the respective corporation for that seed. Monsanto is the biggest player in the field of genetically modified(GM) seeds. Monsanto is a US based multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. It mainly produces GM seeds and glyphosate based herbicide which is available under brand name “Roundup” in the market.
Patent is granted on inventions but seed is not an invention. Then how can it is possible that a seed is patented? Patenting seeds means they have claimed for creating life in a lab. By patenting seeds, corporations like Monsanto have absolute control over cultivation and distribution of seeds.