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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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Monsanto couldn't get away with this sort of thing in a really free market.

But the problem is that -- given that there is so much fear about risks of GMO -- the barrier to entry is very high (since the regulations are so strict, and they are so strict because Congress responds to public fear), so only the biggest corporations can afford to do it; GMO startups tend not to make it. With the Internet, there was an 'era of startups' that was extremely successful. That's how new technologies are SUPPOSED to work. But fear-driven regulation has crushed this for GMO.

This is why the GMO technologies that have so much promise to help the poorer, hungrier countries get stuck in the US under draconian corporate setups like this. (The EU's regulations are even worse, to the point that they barely have GMO at all).

If we stripped away the excessive regulation, Monsanto wouldn't be able to compete. Unfortunately, the general public reaction to the evils of GMO corporations is to call for more regulation -- thus accidentally reinforcing the environment more favorable to big corporations.

As things stand now we won't get that GMO flowering, that 'age of startups', until it comes out of Latin America or maybe India.

As one of the folks who "fear about risks of GMO" I'm not looking forward to it flowering in South America, China, or India. I see the potential of feeding the poor, but I see the reality of destroying the ecosystem, contaminating the source crops, killing pollinators, overuse of pesticides, and depletion of the soil. Unfortunately you're right and it will likely take over in countries that care less about these long term effects than they do about the ability to cheaply grow food today.

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