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"Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen."
- Larry Niven

Sterile Seeds  
  Seeds that are bioengineered to grow, but not to produce fertile seeds.  

"... but come now, what, best of all, do we like about SoyPRO? We of AgriGen who ‘provide energy to the world’?”

He waved at a chain of grain barges slathered with logos for SuperFlavor.

“What makes SuperFlavor so perfect from a CEO’s perspective?” He turned toward Lalji. “You know, Indian, don’t you? Isn’t it why you’ve come all this distance?”

Lalji stared back at him. When he spoke, his voice was hoarse. “It’s sterile.”

Bowman’s eyes held Lalji’s for a moment. His smile slipped. He ducked his head. “Yes. Indeed, indeed. A genetic dead-end. A one-way street. We now pay for a privilege that nature once provided willingly, for just a little labor.” He looked up at Lalji. “I’m sorry. I should have thought. You would have felt our accountants’ optimum demand estimates more than most.”

From The Calorie Man, by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Published by F&SF in 2005
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