Updated on 12 March 2014
Do we need to regulate patents more stringently in order to prevent the monopoly of MNCs?
Regulations should make sense. Regulations can be a dangerous thing. However, why would you want to regulate something that is not dangerous? I have seen people spread fear with respect to GM crops and this is criminal. Over regulation is killing the science and economic development. If we don't reap the benefits of GM technology, somebody else will take advantage of it.
How do we solve the problem of ‘Super Weeds'?
We can solve any problem using science. We need to use different chemicals and make different herbicides in order to handle weeds. You can also use several mechanical methods while practicing agriculture to deal with weeds. What one should keep in mind is that the techniques should not be expensive. However, with the present prevalence of over regulation, keeping techniques affordable has become difficult. Thus the industry is utilizing the available tools at hand to get maximum returns.
How does Dr Montagu describe science?
Like how all scientists would describe science. Observe; have a discussion on what you observe; propose a solution to the problem and describe the solution by publishing the experimental results. Try executing the solution and see how it goes. It is an eternal learning process. You need to be aware that in science, it will take several little steps in order to do something big.