Terminator seed

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Terminator seeds are the seeds of plants that have been genetically engineered (most commonly by Monsanto) to to switch off a plant's ability to germinate a second time. Some consider this merely to be a a greedy business tactic that forces [[farmer]s to buy a new supply of seeds each year instead of allowing what plants they have left over from the harvest to reproduce naturally. One possible advantage to Monsanto however is that use of terminator seeds can prevent the escape of genetically modified plants into the wild. This technology, developed during the 1990s by Monsanto, is not yet commercially available.

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