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Why Monsanto loves ethanol - Salon - wait for ad
For some time, How the World Works has been convinced that the rush to biofuels will significantly boost the ongoing rollout of genetically modified organisms. There's just too much money at stake in the energy business for it to be otherwise. The popularity of the latest biotech crops is a perfect illustration of this. These seeds aren't cheap -- they are top-of-the-line products. But for well-financed farmers and industrial-scale agribusinesses aiming to cash in on ethanol demand, seed costs are not a significant barrier. It seems reasonable to expect, in the not-too-distant future, quadruple- and quintuple- and sextuple-stacked hybrids that do all kinds of fancy things such as incorporate herbicide resistance, targeted pesticides, and modifications that make the corn cheaper and easier to industrially transform into ethanol.
Another reason to kill subsidies for ethanol. Amber waves of intellectual property set to line the pockets of Monsanto.
I guess, in sum, it is a fine thing that humans won't be eating this stuff. Especially since it can only be a matter of time before a sprinkling of human DNA ends up in the corn along with the rest of the genetic melange.
Ear of corn, ear of man, who is counting.