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Supreme Court Gives Monsanto Full Ability to Sue Farmers

by Heather Callaghan, Activist Post:

Do you remember the 2011 lawsuit from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association 80+ plaintiffs (farmers and small businesses) against Monsanto? They were fighting biotech giant Monsanto’s ability to sue them for patent infringement when genetically modified seeds inadvertently appear in organic/conventional fields.

Yes, were talking about the wind or insects carrying GM seeds onto another farm, which to them is considered contamination. But instead of the ability for the farmers to sue for a ruined field, they can be cleaned out in court for not having permission to plant patented seeds. Monsanto workers have been found trespassing and gathering evidence on farmers’ properties. The lawsuit had sought protection from this overreach, as Monsanto has filed 140 of these suits and settled 700 without suing.

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1 comment to Supreme Court Gives Monsanto Full Ability to Sue Farmers

  • Paul Prichard (Paper Bear)

    So the victim is to blame, is that it ? Like hell they bloody are.
    The accomplices to the ‘criminal’ are the wind and the insects, are they not ? Should we expect a ‘be on the look out’ for these suspects ?

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