Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monsanto Patent Rights Destroy Farmer's Rights
Percy and Louise Schmeiser were sued by Monsanto after Monsanto's genetically engineered canola seed contaminated the Schmeiser's farm crops. Despite the fact that Monsanto did not contain their invention, the law declared that patent rights supersede farmers' rights. The Schmeisers had to destroy their own seeds which they had developed over 50 years because of Monsanto's contamination into their fields.
Farmers are the losers in this legal battle as the law bends toward corporate control, making it more and more difficult for individual farmers to own their own seeds or plants.