The Corn in Cornell

by Chris Cumo PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. Eisenhower foresaw in 1961 the rise of a military-industrial complex but missed an equally potent union: the symbiosis between university and corporation. In 1980 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that scientists may patent life. The decision was a boon to agricultural scientists, giving them exclusive rights to the profits of a new breed of crop or livestock for the duration of its patent. The year of the court’s ruling, Monsanto, an agri-chemical firm, gave Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences $2 million to derive crops and agricultural chemicals. Monsanto gained the rights […]
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