12/16/2009 06:51 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Claire Hope Cummings on Seed Ownership (Video)

In a recently disclosed Associated Press investigative report, Monsanto is being investigated for possible antitrust violations regarding its (seed) business licensing practices by the U.S. Department of Justice, and at least two state attorneys general. The short video below was originally published earlier this year.

Claire Hope Cummings, author of Uncertain Peril and a former environmental lawyer with the USDA, maintains that their efforts are not in pursuit of noble purpose, to feed the world (as they would like us to believe), but their real intent is the pursuit of power and profit. She emphasizes the point that while Capitalism rightfully rewards risk, these corporations use their monopolistic power to impose their will upon farmers, and thus the marketplace, in the choice of seeds available for farmers to grow; restrict the the reuse of seeds for future harvests; restrict the ability of farmers and scientists to conduct further breeding research; and in other ways that transfer their own risk to others, while continuing to reap giant profits. For further information, see also: The Failure of Science": New paper makes a damning case against genetically modified food crops, from our friends at the Ethicurean.

To read the updated post and watch the complete video: "Conversation with Claire Hope Cummings, part 2"