There are legal and socioeconomic risks associated with GMOs
Companies develop GMOs for several business reasons. One reason is that companies can charge much more. GMO seeds are much more expensive than non-GMO seeds. GMO corn seeds can cost $150 more per bag than non-GMO corn seeds. Another reason that companies develop GMOs is that when a seed is genetically modified it is then able to be patented. There are serious legal and socio-economic risks associated with patenting crops. First, patent licenses prohibit others from researching those crops. This restricts the ability of independent organizations and scientists to research the safety of GMOs. Second, the widespread use of GMOs is threatening non-GMO and organic farming. When modified seeds accidentally flow onto non-GMO farms, the GMO corporations (such as Monsanto) can then come after those farmers with patent infringement lawsuits. This threatens those farmers livelihoods.
Patents do not harm people. Corporations only go after people that purposefully infringe on their patent rights. Patents also don’t impede research. There has already been extensive independent research. GMOs were tested by more than 275 global independent science organizations that all came to the same conclusion that GMOs are as safe as non-GMOs.
[P1] GMOs are patented. [P2] Patents restrict the ability of independent organizations and scientists to research the safety of GMOs. [P3] GMO seeds can flow onto non-GMO farms. [P4] GMO corporations can come after those farmers with patent infringement lawsuits [P5] The use of GMOs is threatening the livelihoods of non-GMO and organic farmers.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P2] There has already been extensive independent research. [Rejecting P4] Corporations only go after people that purposefully infringe on their patent rights.