Skip to comments.Organic growers lose decision in suit vs. Monsanto over seeds
Posted on 06/10/2013 8:04:34 PM PDT by Theoria
Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers' efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a previous ruling that found organic growers had no reason to try to block Monsanto from suing them as the company had pledged it would not take them to court if biotech crops accidentally mix in with organics.
Organic farmers and others have worried for years that they will be sued by Monsanto for patent infringement if their crops get contaminated with Monsanto biotech crops.
In its ruling Monday, the appellate court said the organic growers must rely on Monsanto assurances on the company's website that it will not sue them so long as the mix is very slight.
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This company has way too many Washington friends on both sides of the aisle. I don’t want their crap anywhere near my heirlooms.
What do you suppose Mother Monsanto pays for its stable of lawyers every year?
They are well fed.
Why doesn’t Monsanto make sure their crop doesn’t contaminate ours?
Unfair that crop growers can’t sue Monsanto for contamination.
How can we be sure monsanto isn’t tossing a few of their seeds into natural crops?
The infamous “bend over and trust me” line?
My first thought since Monsanto has the cr@p!
Hey if it’s good enough for the American Voters, it’s good enough for the American Farmers!
Farmers should sue Monsanto for contaminating their crop.
another loss for the People
I can almost here those 60's bra burners and draft card burners now...."no Monsanto...no peace..."
Monsanto - what do you expect from the people who developed aspartame/nutrasweet?
You have hit the nail on the head. TOO many Monsanto lobbyists that are tampering with our democratic system. Time to take Monsanto to the shed and give them a good whooping.
It is time to abolish the IRS and then get rid of every damn lobbyist in Washington, get back to honest government that works for the people not their reelection or retirement chest.
“...Cassava is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the world. Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. It is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, capable of growing on marginal soils. Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava.
Cassava root is a good source of carbohydrates, but a poor source of protein. A predominantly cassava root diet can cause protein-energy malnutrition...”
Genetically engineered this could provide 3rd world countries with all the daily nutrients required. Why not?
The liberals had a lot of help from people who call themselves conservatives. And don’t forget the moderates.
I agree. If I spray painted my house on a windy day and I accidental painted your car I would be liable for damages.
Monsanto is out of control.
If Monsanto had no intention to sue such growers, why would they need the results of this lawsuit? As it stands now, couldn’t Monsanto deliberately spread their seeds to other properties and sue the farmers who own those properties?
Damned good point; even a prog could understand.
Let’s not forget, Benghazi Barry appointed Michael Taylor—former Monsanto Vice President—as his “Safe Food Czar” early on. (may not be in the position now, but the choice was made.)
Loathing for Monsanto is one thing conservatives and libs can agree on. Intrusion into our personal lives through use of technology is another.
There are plenty of morons, even here, supporting this private-government chimera of a company.
Soon, with enough cross-contamination, they will become a food monopoly which the government can then tap into.
Yeah, brilliant like a James Bond villain. Greenfinger.
Whenever one party in a lawsuit refuses to put something in writing saying that they will not do something, that is exactly what they intend to do.
When things get bad enough, the two sides will agree. Overreach, come to mama.
The organic farmers ought to be able to sue Monsanto if GM seeds get intermixed with their crops.
Just trust Monsanto. Yeh thats the ticket.
True liberals and conservatives are opposed to oligarchy. Neolibs, neocons and the assorted so-called "pragmatic" folks are the ones who inadvertently support oligarchy.
They're always crafting short-term solutions that appear to be reasonable compromises, but end up leading us down a path toward despotism.
Policies such as national school standards, welfare-to-work, social security, medicare, pro-active foreign policy, planned communities, public-private initiatives, etc.
All of these seemingly pragmatic programs ultimately lead to greater centralization and greater control by big government and big business.
The moderates, who are really just the apathetic, are just going along for the ride because most of us are still fortunate enough to be making a living.
Maybe the neolibs and neocons will craft a society which is merely annoying, but I'm not that optimistic.
I can imagine that Monsanto and a few other greedy mega-agricultural companies would like to have a monopoly on food production. The government would probably like that too. Food control = political control [Ask the Ukrainian kulaks. Oh, nevermind, they starved to death]. Therefore, heirloom seeds and those that produce or use them must be destroyed. These lawsuits are just the beginning.
I know, they keep making great products that people love to buy.
I should buy some stock!