Exactly, you have to question "where does the application of the terminator gene end?" That is a GMO, which means in theory it can be applied to any other organism. I just can't fathom how any group would be granted the ability to Patent Life! Next they will find a way to Patent water. Oh did I mention that they have developed spermicidal corn? Sounds like population control to me.
And Matty you are right, they have recouped almost as much in litigation against farmers as from the sales of their products alone. Somehow the "Mediocre Courts" have deemed it the farmer's fault that there is wind, rain, animals and other natural means by which cross-pollination of plants occur. Not to mention that pesky natural law of propagation that plants seem to favor.
So yeah these mobsters can encroach any farmers land without consent (I'm sorry but isn't that trespassing?) and take samples and then produce results saying the farmer had committed copyright infringement, but when asked to produce these same tests or test samples in court, all that can be found are documents which support their claim with no availability for un-biased scientists to perform the same tests.
Then we get into the whole problem with GMO to begin with, the most common method to defeat a cell's natural defense wall is to use a carrier bacteria or virus, like our friend E. Coli. On top of that on the genetic sequence itself they add a marker to determine if the genetic modification is a success, guess what that marker is?
An anti-biotic, so now we run the risk of bacterium becoming super resilient to those things which traditionally killed them as they are given the opportunity to adapt at a significantly faster pace than normal. Oh wait, isn't that happening? And if they were so awesome and beneficial why would they have been continuously defeating legislation that would require the labeling of GMO food? Oh, they don't want to hassle with the thing called culpability.
What the fuck is the value of a dollar, when there are no humans left to value it.....