Monsanto doesn't need Kickstarter. Small research teams do.
What other scientific research will prove too controversial for Kickstarter? Stem cells? Vaccines?
Every crowdfunding business currently on the internet, including Kickstarter and RocketHub, definitely has a liberal political bias when it comes to the types of projects they permit. While this liberal bias is not completely "hostile to science", it definitely does not place scientific process above political agenda.
Regardless, I have no problem with the decisions made by businesses like Kickstarter or RocketHub over which projects they choose to promote, since they are private enterprises.
That's very disappointing to hear. I see your point Dan. Kickstarter was a great way for scientific advancement. I sure hope that they remove this policy in the future.
I find it interesting that Kickstarter's project categories are as follows:
Film & Video
13 categories, ONE is "technology" and the other TWELVE are art-related. What does that say about KS focus? Perhaps just not the right place for this project?
Both art related things and technology deal with creativity. Kickstarter is supposed to be a website that people can fund creative projects. The Glowing Plant Project is by far one of the most creative Kickstarter projects ever made, so I think that it fits in just fine.
The notion that "creative" artistic efforts produce similar value to society as do technology efforts, is simply childish. "Alternative" music, "independent" film, "community" theater, or "socially conscious" art projects have never actually improved the standard of living for anyone.
Petridish is kickstarter for science, it's definitely worth checking out.