Agriculture

"Open-Source Seeds: While They Spread Shoots, They Plant Ideas"

"Does this seem fair? A plant breeder at a public university manages to grow a long-necked broccoli that, for easy cutting, stands tall above its leaves. Then a company that has used his creation to breed a slightly different broccoli submits it for a patent, claiming ownership over the very idea of long-necked broccoli."

Source: Grist, 06/27/2014

"How the Sweetener Industry Sugar-Coats Science"

"Food companies have spent billions of dollars to cover up the link between sugar consumption and health problems. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)."

Source: Mother Jones, 06/25/2014

"Sugar Industry Accused of Dodging Everglades Clean-Up Costs"

"Florida taxpayers have been left shouldering most of the $2 billion Everglades water pollution cleanup cost, despite a constitutional amendment passed by nearly 70 percent of voters that calls for the sugar industry to pick up its share of the tab."

Source: Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 06/23/2014

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