Book - 2012
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Seeds presents an intelligent portrait of farming and scientific communities in conflict. Part courtroom drama and part social satire, Seeds documents the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and biotech multinational Monsanto Inc. In question is the legitimacy of patenting genetically modified food crops. The play takes us back to the seminal moment when a single farmer stood up to international agribusiness and almost won. Large ensemble cast.
Publisher: Vancouver : Talonbooks, 2012
Description: 128 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780889227019
Branch Call Number: 812 Sou


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Mar 26, 2017

I can see this documentary style play being successfully staged if slick and fast paced. Using many interviews and court transcripts, Soutar presents waves of information and many tangents to the genetically modified food issue, based on a Saskatchewan farmer who took on Monsanto in the courts. I was both fascinated and overwhelmed, and closed the book realizing that the truth did not live with either side. But came away agreeing with the underlying question that needs to be answered: "What is life and who owns it?"

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