Ownership Issues…of Food

I’ll take pretty much any opportunity I can get to plug Hulu, since it’s one site that understands the importance of online streaming. But in addition to the tv shows that everyone watches on there, they also have a pretty solid collection of films. I happened to start watching this one today, and I figured I’d share it with you all. It’s a documentary about the workings of the modern food industry, and it has a lot of fascinating and disturbing material–especially if you’re of the opinion that corporations are pretty much destroying the planet.

But, what I found most interesting about this film is the oddly familiar ownership issues that have come into play in the food industry. As soon as a court ruling was made allowing engineered plants to be patented, there was a mad rush by the major agro-industrial companies to snap up all of the existing non-patented seeds. And since ownership is, and will probably continue to be, the primary issue in terms of internet policy, I thought the connection was worth looking into, although I don’t blame you if you don’t feel like spending the full hour and a half to watch the damn thing.

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