There has been an interesting development in the continuing saga of small growers and the chemical giant, Monsanto.
Please read this carefully, because it has to be fully understood to be believed:
Monsanto has been suing farmers in the United States and Canada for allegedly violating its patents, when Monsanto’s seeds have accidentally ended up in neighboring farmers’ fields. Now as gardeners, we all know how easily seeds can be transported – by the wind, water, birds or humans. So the seeds end up next door in another farmer’s crop field, and the next thing he knows, the farmer’s defending himself against a patent violation lawsuit.
This whole thing sounds pretty crazy, right? But it’s true
Monsanto’s army of predatory lawyers has been able to convince the courts that this actually constitutes a violation of its patent protection, and the company has already successfully prosecuted over 147 farmers and 39 small businesses. To read about one of those cases, click here.
Now, the growers are fighting back. On March 29th, 60 of them launched a lawsuit against the company, claiming that Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops could destroy their businesses. The suit, filed by the Public Patent Foundation advocacy group, attempts to protect the growers from legal action should their fields become contaminated by cross-pollination with Monsanto’s GM seeds.
I am shaking my head in disbelief that the growers have to do this in order to protect themselves, but apparently they do.
To read more about this story, click here.
If you’d like to find out more about a group fighting Monsanto, click here.