but this isn't a bean you can pick off any old plant. Don't get me wrong. I really don't like big businesses that snuff out the competition and do shady things, but you have to give credit where credit is due. Monsanto, I'm sure, put a lot of their resources into developing this specific seed. Unless someone has actually read the patent and would like to correct me, I really doubt the patent protects against the NATURAL process of the traits spreading, like wind pollination. Monsanto's seed would eventually spread anyway they're just trying to keep that from happening for as long as possible in order to make a profit on their investment.
If the guy went out of his way to find Monsanto's seed to reproduce it, against the patent and terms of their product, which he obviously knew since he didn't keep the seeds from his first crop, he's guilty.
If ignorance is bliss, Washington DC must be heaven.
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