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Re: Unwritten Code

At 12:34 PM 7/9/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Mary, (and other Robins reading),
>I see that indianabob and Stacy have already responded to your post
>while I was thinking up a response. What I had drafted is as follows...
>I an not sure how to respond to your suggestions. I appreciate that you
>agree with the the philosophy   of a Code that I was describing and
>commenting on. But I am not in a position to ESTABLISH policy, pass laws
>or establish any other code of conduct  for others to live by. In a free
>society we can't control the action of others. We can only react to what
>others do.
>I agree that a Code of Ethics is desirable but I can not see how anyone
>can control, legislate or demand a code of conduct in a free society.
>The patent laws are expensive and cumbersome to protect those who
>develop improved plant materials. There is no liscencing laws regarding
>use of simple tc technology unless the technology violates existing
>liscencing of specific technology, such as the Gene Gun, or other
>specific high tech proceedures....and such is not the case in simple
>hosta tc propagation.
>As I see it, the best protection that a hybridizer has is to propagate a
>limited number of plants for sale in the first two or three years to
>make the demand high...thus the price high. After this time period, all
>others who may buy your plants are able to enter into the tc propagation
>and marketing business...just as you are able to. From that time on, the
>free merket, competition, supply , demand and price structure will be
>determined by free  market forces. There is no protection for you or for
>me or for anyone from the influences of these forces. These are economic
>facts of life to which we must adjust. It may seem unfair and cruel at
>times...but this is the system which exists and we must adjust as best
>we can. I see no other alternative in a democratic, free market system,
>do you?
>To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@mallorn.com with the
>I have to agree with u jim.   nd now with  BAP-10,  its not gonna  be the
same anymore
.  indianabob

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