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What are the Proposed Uses of this Technology?
The goal behind Terminating Seeds is to protect a company's ownership of specific agricultural technology and to allow gene patenting. Companies can sell their technology and still have complete control of its reproduction. Also, if seeds can only be used once, their value and demand increase on the global market. US Department of Agriculture spokesmen, Willard Phelps states, "The goal is to increase the value of proprietary seed owned by US seed companies and to open new markets in second and third world countries." USDA molecular biologist Melvin J. Oliver adds, "Our mission is to protect American technology and to make us competitive in the face of foreign competition." A second proposed benefit of this technology is that it eliminates a genes ability to escape and cross breed, and thus creating a "super weed."