Since last week, the Wall Street Journal story has been haunting me, sitting on my desk awaiting my response. The story explains how China has sharply dropped the importation of U.S. grain, notably genetically modified varieties that are viewed with considerable concern. Grain companies are reporting losses of tens of millions of dollars and lawsuits are everywhere because the grain that was grown used seeds for which the genetic composition had not yet been approved by Chinese officials (or, it turns out, the seed control authorities of other nations).
What is fascinating to me is that we are now seeing the same battles over information—the small packets of data that grow and blossom into knowledge. National borders are becoming new … Read More