Cross those off the shopping list

Observer: So, just how unethical is your supper?

Pink lady apples: A hybrid of Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, the UK's fastest-growing apple variety is colonising our shelves. But it sets a sinister precedent—the first trademarked or patented apple. So although it has been created using material from the natural world's genetic 'commonwealth', the hybrid is now the property of a profit-driven company. Anyone wanting to plant Pink Lady has to pay for the privilege of growing it. Critics say this is 'bio-piracy', the privatisation of our planet's biodiversity.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.

One comment

  1. I went for a milkshake with a gay friend at lunch time today. I had the chocolate & he had the strawberry. Afterwards, it occurred to me that it was odd that I went for the brown while he went for the pink!

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