Are genetically-modified seeds sold to consumers and small gardeners, or are they the exclusive property of the agribusiness firms that use them?



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    The majority of the seeds people plant in their gardens do not come from agribusinesses, but rather small time dealers and brands. There are several reasons for this. One, the genetically modified seeds are bred for one thing, yield. They require an immense amount of input in the form of fertilizers, pesticides, etc. and than it needs to go be processed. Additionally, farmers cannot save these ‘patented seeds’ for the next season, they must buy them all over again from the original company. Small time gardeners don’t invest in all the stuff you need to grow NEED to grow patented seeds, so they just grow regular old seeds they happened to buy at the hardware store.

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