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Organic growers lose decision in suit vs. Monsanto over seeds
Reuters ^ | 10 June 2013 | Carey Gillam

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Gardening
KEYWORDS: corruption; facism; farming; gmo; monopoly; monsanto; organic; rigged
'Monsanto officials specifically refused to sign a covenant stating it would not sue the growers, but the court said the website statement was sufficient and would be binding.
1 posted on 06/10/2013 8:04:34 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria

This company has way too many Washington friends on both sides of the aisle. I don’t want their crap anywhere near my heirlooms.


2 posted on 06/10/2013 8:08:41 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Theoria

Unexpectedly...


3 posted on 06/10/2013 8:09:55 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Theoria

What do you suppose Mother Monsanto pays for its stable of lawyers every year?


4 posted on 06/10/2013 8:12:57 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You can't force people to care.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

They are well fed.


5 posted on 06/10/2013 8:14:20 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria

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?


6 posted on 06/10/2013 8:21:45 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Theoria

The infamous “bend over and trust me” line?


7 posted on 06/10/2013 8:23:00 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (But for an ignorant electorate Slow Joe would have become a circus clown or union thug.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
Why doesn’t Monsanto make sure their crop doesn’t contaminate ours?

My first thought since Monsanto has the cr@p!

8 posted on 06/10/2013 8:36:09 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Hey if it’s good enough for the American Voters, it’s good enough for the American Farmers!


9 posted on 06/10/2013 8:37:47 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Theoria

Farmers should sue Monsanto for contaminating their crop.


10 posted on 06/10/2013 8:40:00 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Theoria

another loss for the People


11 posted on 06/10/2013 8:45:10 PM PDT by Tyrannis (Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted)
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To: goodwithagun
this is the world the liberals have made....the oligarchy...the elite...the massive military/industrial complex...

I can almost here those 60's bra burners and draft card burners now...."no Monsanto...no peace..."

12 posted on 06/10/2013 8:47:49 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Theoria

Monsanto - what do you expect from the people who developed aspartame/nutrasweet?


13 posted on 06/10/2013 8:49:00 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


14 posted on 06/10/2013 9:20:31 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Theoria

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.


15 posted on 06/10/2013 9:21:15 PM PDT by kempster
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To: Secret Agent Man

“...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?


16 posted on 06/10/2013 9:27:39 PM PDT by Edison (I don't know what irks me more, the lying or the incompetence.)
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To: cherry

The liberals had a lot of help from people who call themselves conservatives. And don’t forget the moderates.


17 posted on 06/10/2013 9:28:31 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

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.


18 posted on 06/10/2013 9:41:16 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Your socialist beat our liberal AGAIN.)
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To: Theoria

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?


19 posted on 06/10/2013 9:44:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: pennyfarmer

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.)


20 posted on 06/10/2013 9:45:44 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Theoria

Loathing for Monsanto is one thing conservatives and libs can agree on. Intrusion into our personal lives through use of technology is another.


21 posted on 06/10/2013 9:46:01 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: Theoria

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.


22 posted on 06/10/2013 9:52:24 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: nickcarraway
Kinda brilliant if ya ask me. Have a patent that infects other natural organisms, then you can claim any new creation as your own or that it utilizes your patent. Incredible.
23 posted on 06/10/2013 9:57:30 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria
Kinda brilliant if ya ask me.

Yeah, brilliant like a James Bond villain. Greenfinger.

24 posted on 06/10/2013 10:02:32 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Theoria
James Bond in Seedraker
and You Can Never Plant Twice
25 posted on 06/10/2013 10:38:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Theoria

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.


26 posted on 06/10/2013 10:48:14 PM PDT by firebrand (hanging out with too many lawyers)
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To: informavoracious

When things get bad enough, the two sides will agree. Overreach, come to mama.


27 posted on 06/10/2013 10:50:43 PM PDT by firebrand (hanging out with too many lawyers)
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To: Theoria

The organic farmers ought to be able to sue Monsanto if GM seeds get intermixed with their crops.


28 posted on 06/10/2013 11:03:44 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: goodwithagun

Just trust Monsanto. Yeh thats the ticket.


29 posted on 06/11/2013 7:53:38 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: VerySadAmerican
"The liberals had a lot of help from people who call themselves conservatives. And don’t forget the moderates."

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.

30 posted on 06/11/2013 8:05:35 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Theoria

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.


31 posted on 06/11/2013 12:24:58 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I know, they keep making great products that people love to buy.

I should buy some stock!


32 posted on 06/11/2013 4:26:25 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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