Genetic engineering is a Good Thing?
jwright at agt.net
Mon Sep 21 10:05:41 EST 1998
taquilla at erols.com (Tracy Aquilla) wrote:
>The first GE plant was produced in 1983. When did e hit 1%? Is 50% of the US
>corn crop GE yet? Seems to me the pace is fairly constant here, maybe even
In think that to some extent one is comparing comparing apples and
oranges. In canola, market penetration of GE varieties has been almost
completely a response to pricing of the technology, and negative reaction
to licensing agreements, not to negative qualities of the technology
itself. Obviously Monsanto believes that it's pricing policy is in it's
best interest, but lowering its price slightly would give it almost
complete market saturation, almost instantly, IMHO. It could have had
that within two years from point of introduction to the market, again
IMHO. Perhaps it needs that pricing regime for reasons I don't
understand, or perhaps doesn't want to be open to charges of monopolistic
control of the market.
I think that the rate of penetration relates to marketing strategy,
not farmer acceptance.
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