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Supreme Court to Rule on Monsanto's Soybean Patent

Wired Magazine: Imagine a licensing agreement for buying seeds that allows them to be used only once a season. They cannot be resold for planting, and cannot be used for research, crop breeding or seed production.

Those indeed are the terms of seed giant Monsanto’s licensing agreement for its “Roundup Ready” soybeans, regardless of how unnatural the conditions may seem when it comes to farming. This is farming in the age of patented, genetically modified organisms, which in this case concerns soybean crops that withstand herbicide.

The Supreme Court is weighing in on the soybean patents, agreeing to hear an appeal by a Knox County, Indiana soybean farmer who was ordered to pay $84,456 in damages and costs to Monsanto in 2009 for infringing those patents. Farmer Vernon Bowman’s dirty deed? The 74-year-old bought soybean seed from a local grain elevator that was contaminated with the patented seed, which he used to produce beans on his 299 acres.

The case addresses the question of how far down the stream of commerce — in this instance the farming cycle — can a company control its patents, especially for products like soybeans that easily self-replicate. A lower court, an appeals court and even the Obama administration maintain the stream is virtually endless.

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Sweet Liberty

We need a law that requires any food containing .....

Monsanto's products be clearly listed, then let the consumer decide whether they want to purchase the product.

If I eat food containing their product then use my waste as fertilizer, do I have to pay Monsanto a royalty?

There is One

They are working hard on it in California. Prop 37. Monsanto has spent MILLIONS to try to squash it.


Don't let your hatred for

Don't let your hatred for Monsanto (which I share) cloud your sense of and respect for liberty. The liberty solution to this problem does not involve forcing a private entity to have government-approved labeling. The better solution is to allow every company who does -not- use Monsanto and genetically engineered seeds to say so on their labels. Trouble is... Monsanto abuses the force of government to prevent such labeling. This is where the fight needs to be. Let's not be coerced into supporting statism as a solution, just because we happen to agree that there is a problem.

hatred for Monsanto--

*I* can do nothing but search for non-GMO food--

I can't change what any of these other companies are doing or not doing. I can't stop the Supreme Court or FDA or Obama/Romney or Clarence Thomas or anyone else who has put their foul fingers into this foul mess--

but I CAN feel and express indignation about the soul-less company that is profiting from this outrage against humanity and nature!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

if companies are not forced

if companies are not forced to label GMO for a product, how can a another company who uses those ingredients to make a product know for sure that his product is non-GMO?

By refusing to go into

By refusing to go into business with any company unless that company signs a statement saying they provide no such products. Private contract.

If manufacturers are not

If manufacturers are not required to disclose GMO ingredients, one can never be certain of what to avoid as there would be an abundance of false-positive, non-GMO labels due to the incentive to label everything as non-GMO. However, if the label says GMO, you are certain that product should be avoided.

That Doesn't Work

Haven't you been following the articles about how Whole Foods has been infiltrated by Monsanto? WHOLE FOODS!


"That doesn't work" is the

"That doesn't work" is the equivalent of saying "liberty doesn't work". You do see that, don't you?

Boycott GMO farmers

Boycott GMO farmers

They are Victims Too

Monsanto has them under contracts that are forcing the farmers to use their frankenseeds. The farmers can't even break even because they are not allowed to use seeds from the old crops and HAVE to buy a new batch every year. Monsanto raises the price yearly and it's gotten so the farmers are the biggest losers. Haven't you heard how the farmers in India are committing suicide daily due to this?


Yeah because limited usage is so unpredecedented [sarcasm]

Monsanto and their terminator seeds remind me of that greedy corporation RedBox. I pay to watch their movies, then they make me give it back. If I want to enjoy the movie again then I have to pay them more money every time! And they fine me if I keep the movies too long! Those selfish bastards! And they rig their DVDs so that I cannot make my own copy. This is so evil!

And when I buy an airplane ticket, it is only good for that one session. If I want to fly again they make me BUY ANOTHER TICKET! And the price keeps going up. Outrageous!

the REAL threat are the idiot

the REAL threat are the idiot farmers who use these seeds!

Excellent Article Michael!...Big Bump

I recommend long term experimental testing of Monsanto's products on their own chief executives as a prerequisite to marketing..

Thanks for posting!

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Thanks Big E

Glad you like the article. You're the master of posting, so I appreciate the kudos from you!

Unfortunately, I don't have high hopes for the Supreme Court. But if they rule in favor of Monsanto, it might be the straw that breaks the camel's back in terms of public outrage...But maybe that is optimistic, too.

He's the man.

I Heard

That they won't serve Monsanto's own food in the Monsanto cafeterias!



Since GMO Roundup soybeans cause reproductive harm in mice, and possibly humans, I'd be tempted to countersue.

Why is Monsanto still in business?

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