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The practice in question is creation of genetically modified seeds that will produce a crop that is seedless. Canada is looking to join India and Brazil in banning such a practice.

The genetically modified crops produce a higher yield than their naturally occurring counterparts but are modified to not produce seeds. The end result, farmers who use them have to purchase new seeds each year.

America producers of such seed varieties have allegedly been peddling their wares in Afghanistan and Iraq -- with the express support of provisional authority in the latter case.

Personally, I consider this kind of lock-in to be unethical. People grow food to eat. Making someone dependent on you for the food that goes into their mouth is taking patents a bit too far.


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