[tomato] RE: This seems insane to me

Beth Steinbach (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 11:47:03 -0400

This is insane. And evil, pernicious,  contemptible, callous, disgusting, crazy,  etc. etc. etc. etc.

That our own government participated in this solely for the money (it appears) is very alarming.

That being said, I also think it will fail when they take it to market.

Anybody remember copy protected software?

Already whole governments have decided it is not in their best interest to allow anything with
this gene to cross their borders.  Nimble competitors of Monsanto will advertise their product
as "not containing the "Terminator Gene".  The legal dept at AHP will say, "um, have we adequately
analyzed our potential liability should pollen containing this gene reduce yields in neighboring
crops--we do have deep pockets you know." Release of the first "terminator" seed will get it's
own unflattering 60 Minutes piece done.  And to top it off, Year2000 hangups in communication,
transportation, production, and international finance will take the  wind out of world trade sails.

Delta Land & Pine stockholders laughing all the way to the bank I'm sure.  Monsanto & USDA 
are blinded by greed to the brick wall immediately in front of them.

Buy a poison pill from Monsanto?  Gee, what's in it for me?

Beth Steinbach