Farmers and Seed Producers Launch Preemptive Strike against Monsanto

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Lawsuit Filed To Protect Themselves from Unfair Patent Enforcement on Genetically Modified Seed —  Action Would Prohibit Biotechnology Giant from Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Innocently Contaminated by Roundup Ready Genes

The Cornucopia Institute

NEW York: On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed. The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their crops ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed.

Monsanto has sued farmers in the United States and Canada, in the past, when their patented genetic material has inadvertently contaminated their crops.

A copy of the lawsuit can be found at:

(http://www.pubpat.org/assets/files/seed/OSGATA-v-Monsanto-Complaint.pdf)

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