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Biotech giant Monsanto is being preemeptively sued by a group of organic farmers who claim they are going to court to protect themselves from legal action by the corporation. The farmers claim that Mosanto seeds contaminated their organic crops and have launched the lawsuit to prevent the company from accusing them of patent infrigement for use of the patented, genetically modified seed. Confused? Well it seems that under current law, Monsanto is legally entitled to sue if Monsanto seeds are found in a farm for which they were not purchased – even if the seeds drifted over accidentally or by natural cross-pollination.

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  1. grlnamedsue April 7, 2011 at 2:53 am

    What Monsanto is doing is fraud. If they were so concerned about their patented product being “stolen” by farmers, they would try harder to keep their product contained. Instead, nature runs it’s course and the genetics spread, just like any other plant, into neighboring fields and so on. This is exactly what monsanto wants to happen under the definition of theri patent, as this gives them monopoly over all crop production. There’s no econimically feasible way to stop mother nature from happening, so by accusing farmers of infringing upon their patent, is a far fetched conclusion that is being drawn.

  2. Ohiofarmgirl April 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Monsanto’s claim of innocence is belied by the well documented case of the Canadian canola farmer whose fields were contaminated… he fought in court until he was bankrupt. And the less well documented case of the 40 year seed ‘cleaning’ business (runs machinery that prepares farmers’ saved seed for planting) that was destroyed by Monsanto simply because it made it possible for farmers to save seed from year to year instead of buying new seed each year.
    PUBPAT is not suing Monsanto for damages… it is petitioning for a protective order to prevent Monsanto from bullying those who choose not to use their products out of business.

  3. lazyreader April 5, 2011 at 8:26 am

    In order to prove their claims wouldn’t they have to genetically test each and every single plant to prove it’s not from their stock. And doing that is some very unsatisfying work. Which only proves a point. Organic food is too heavily labor intensive.

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