I've seen this image show up on my dash a few times, with replies full of people losing their shit over it. And seriously, the idea of patenting (or even owning) plants enrages me as much as it enrages you. Probably more.

But here's the thing. This is nothing to do with GMOs or late stage capitalism. In the USA, this has been happening since the U.S. Plant Patent Act of 1930.

This is what American capitalism has always been.

The image is originally from Reddit, by the way:


@InvaderXan What I find particularly nefarious is that these patents (or at least their warnings) rarely cover ornamentals - they are usually edibles. The corporations intend to make our existence dependent on them.

Oh, really? Well that’s awful. Thankfully, we aren’t dependent on them, which is why they will fail.

@ajdunevent @InvaderXan Many people don't realize that there's a massive international industry behind ornamental plants, but plant nurseries, from large behemoths to small ones, tend to grow at least some patented ornamental plants. Plant breeders still exist, they just (mostly) work within these large companies. I get catalogs of patented ornamental & edible plants every year. The issue with a patent is that in the US at least, you have to be willing to defend it in a court of law from patent trolls or anyone who tries to infringe upon your patent, which requires the $$money$$ for lawyers vs a patent which may or may not make you any money. Companies can afford to deal with this, they just have to decide if what their breeders came up with is worth it. It's harder for a small mom'n'npop plant breeders to pull this off. There's nothing in a tag that stops a plant from being cloned though. #plants

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