Corporate Mistake? I Don't Think So

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yeah, this stuff has been going on for awhile....just ask pea!
Reverend Blair
"Accidental" releases are commonplace in India too.
Anybody notice how quiet the media is about this stuff .They should be screaming about it
Reverend Blair
Check out the ads, mrmom. Syngenta and Monsanto are major advertisers, especially on the prairies in the springtime.
yeah figures they would be in 'bed' with these guys. acckkkk, just keep hanging on to all your garden seeds mom, if you need any, let me know, and i can forward some. a great source of heirloom and 'natural' seeds is salt spring island seed company, they are wonderful!
Ive never heard of the galianomama do they have a web site?
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they are great! i order my seeds and have them at my door within 2-3 days. mind you, they are only going from s.s. to vic, but still.
hey - try the tiger stripe tomato - wonderful!

the seeds are very close to 100% germination rate too!
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

Check out the ads, mrmom. Syngenta and Monsanto are major advertisers, especially on the prairies in the springtime.

And we all know they have their apologists, too...

April 21, 2005
The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Percy Schmeiser, a Bruno area farmer who was sued by Monsanto, writes in this opinion piece that Robert Wager's viewpoint, Convicted farmer makes unlikely hero for rural lifestyle (SP, April 15) requires comment.
Schmeiser says he is continually amazed, but not surprised, at efforts of bio-tech industry supporters to completely misrepresent the facts of his case to further their own agenda.
Wager publishes numerous articles and weblogs where he chooses some facts and ignores others, trying to present himself as a credible voice on bio-tech issues. His SP viewpoint is evidence of this.
In it, Wager conveniently overlooks the most important factor in Schmeiser's case. This action started with a statement of claim from Monsanto against Schmeiser for $15 an acre for infringing, or using, its patented Roundup Ready canola without a licence.
What the Supreme Court ruled, and what Wager's viewpoint doesn't state, is that Schmeiser didn't have to pay Monsanto anything -- technology use fees, damages, penalties or legal costs. This was one of three areas of my appeal to the Supreme Court and on this issue, all nine justices ruled in my favour. Yes, the high court ruled 5-4 against me on patent validity and infringement, but I was successful on the main issue.
His comments that farmers "rarely save seeds anymore" and that "one might ask why a farmer would purposely spray a herbicide that should destroy three acres of his crop" show Wager has little or no understanding of Western Canadian farming practices.
Schmeiser says that farmers continue to save and exchange seeds with neighbours for many reasons, including adaptation to local soil conditions, resistance and tolerance to diseases, and to develop varieties best suited to area growing conditions.
Furthermore, spraying early season weeds in a "spring burn" manner is common practice. Wager also neglects to mention the seed Schmeiser used the following year was mixed in with canola from my other fields. He is trying to leave the impression that canola which survived the spring burn was the sole source of my seed for the following year.
Schmeiser also note swith interest and disappointment that Wager chose to share the in-house test results from Monsanto (he states 95 per cent to 98 per cent of the crop was Roundup tolerant) as opposed to the independent tests conducted by Rene van Acker of the University of Manitoba.
Van Acker's tests showed Roundup Ready canola in Schmeiser's fields at levels below eight per cent, and the ditch along one field at around 60 per cent.
Nowhere does Wager mention that Schmeiser did not in-crop spray my fields with Roundup. Wager also has no evidence to support his allegation of where Schmeiser received financial assistance in defending himself against Monsanto's charges.
Schmeiser says he spent his own resources to fight Monsanto's allegations. He did receive donations from the public, but the vast majority of these came in small amounts from farmers in Western Canada, who were concerned about an aggressive and belligerent company infringing on farmer's rights and protections.
Schmeiser also has issues with the headline, saying he was not convicted of anything. Conviction implies a criminal action, and this was nothing more than a civil dispute. He says he is owed an apology by The SP.
Wager complains that "the tremendous amount of misinformation spread by groups with an agenda makes it tough to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to genetically engineered crops and food." This statement is ironic, as his selected choice of evidence and its context, while neglecting the main issue, makes him guilty of his own criticism.
Reverend Blair
Robert Wager (or as I like to call call him, Buckaroo Bobzai) is a joke. He ignores inconvenient data etc, and hasn't got a clue about farming, but here's the coolest thing...he takes money from Monsanto to cover his travel costs etc. when making speeches. That's how he supplements his income as a glorified teacher's aid at UBC.

I offered to take Buckaroo Bobzai on a field trip through Saskatchewan so we could sit in small-town bars and he could yark at Percy Schmeiser's friends and neighbours in person, but he never took me up on the offer.
Actually, "Dr" Monsanto doesn't work at UBC - he works at a small university-college on Vancouver Island. At UBC his duties are performed by grad students.

I remember your invitation to a fact-finding mission in Sask. If I recall, the "professor's" response was links to

He works up the road in Nanaimo at the college, and everyone knows he is a paid lakie of monsanto. Hey Waif, where you been?? fighting the good fight I figure.
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

Hey Waif, where you been?? fighting the good fight I figure.

Hi Peapod,

I've been around, but haven't had much time to post. Usually I stop by to lurk for a while. Fighting the good fight? Me? I'm not a fighter, but I do take exception to "pretend scientists" with self-serving agendas. I poke them in the eye (metaphorically, of course!) from time to time.

Reverend Blair
I thought it was UBC. Oh well, same difference...he's still a glorified teachers aid.

Is back up and running yet or have they decided to leave it shut down?
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

...he's still a glorified teachers aid.

Is back up and running yet or have they decided to leave it shut down?

A teacher's aid without the burden of a dissertation to complete. is still down - I'm not optimistic.

(Excellent Dylan album BTW)

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