from The Degreening of America Book Two
"A man can patent a mouse trap
or copyright a nasty song"
if he gives to the world a new fruit
that will add millions to the value
of the earth's annual harvest
he will be fortunate
if he is rewarded by so much
as having his name connected with the result"
-Luther Burbank (1849-1926)
developer of over 800
new strains and varieties of plants
And though it wouldn't benefit Burbank,
it would be just a few years later
that the situation was rectified,
the idea that someone could patent life
was given government approval
with the passage of the Plant Patent Act of 1930
(Title III of the egregious Hawley-Smoot Tariff)
I feel sure,
give us many Burbanks"
and future amendments,
gave us Monsanto instead-----
Michael Ceraolo is a 56-year-old retired firefighter/paramedic and active poet who has had one full-length book (Euclid Creek, Deep Cleveland Press) and a few shorter-length books published, and has a second full-length book, Euclid Creek Book Two, forthcoming from Unbound Content Press.