Monday, 8 November 2010

Crop Circle

This sprang from a nice overview of the issue from AP, and from the poorly examined coverage in the latest Channel 4 hack-fest

Yes, I know there's no punch-line

1 comment:

Kieran said...

To be fair, a lot of the cost of GMOs comes from the heavy regulation. Since a single crop has to go through millions of dollars worth of testing, only big agriculture is able to bring it to market (e.g. see golden rice -- they wanted to do it public domain, but it just wasn't feasible).

The good news is that the big agric companies are using patents, not copyright, and patents expire after 17-20 years (in the US). So some of the early GMO crops from the 90s are now entering the public domain.