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Fri February 22, 2013
The science behind genetically modified seeds
This week, we’ll hear from Harvest Public Media’s Science of the Seed Series.
In a case being argued this week before the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman is challenging the reach of Monsanto’s patent rights on Roundup Ready soybeans. But the rights on the first genetically modified seeds actually expire next year. Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reports on how the introduction of “generic” seeds will – or won’t – fit into the science and business of genetically modified crops.
And now we’ll explore a question that drives seed company executives and farmers alike: how can we grow more crops? Wrapping up Harvest Public Media’s Science of the Seed series, Amy Mayer reports on seed innovations that push the boundaries of what the land can produce.