Monday, April 11, 2005

Monsanto v US farmers

According to Jonathan Rowe, Monsanto don't fare too well in a recent report Monsanto v US Farmers produced by the campaigning group Center for Food Safety.

"The report documents the legal thuggery the Monsanto corporation commits upon U.S. farmers – many of them totally innocent and unsuspecting – to enforce the patents on its genetically modified seeds. The company has turned the genetic commons into a corporate police state; and if that sounds inflammatory and extreme, then check out the report."

Interestingly enough, the European Patent Office have just concluded their review of biotech firm Syngenta's and Greenpeace's challenge to Monsanto's patenting of herbicide-resistant seeds on this side of the pond and declared the patents valid.

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