On Point: Farmer Bowman vs Monsanto, and who owns life.Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:35
I heard parts of this while driving around yesterday on WBUR, the NPR station based at Boston University. Tom Ashbrook's show On Point is always a pleasure to listen to. He's fair, calls in parties from both sides of the debate, and goes in depth for a full hour.
Here is the summary, and the podcast from yesterday.
Indiana farmer Hugh Bowman had his day in court yesterday. In the US Supreme Court. Battling American ag science giant, Monsanto. Over soybeans. Farmer Bowman uses Monsanto’s genetically-engineered beans to plant his soybean crop. They’re fine with that. He pays plenty for Monsanto’s high tech beans. But farmer Bowman also planted beans he bought at the grain elevator and put in his field. Monsanto did not like that. Those are ours, they said. We own that life. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard the case. This hour, On Point: Farmer Bowman versus Monsanto, and who owns life.