Monsanto Verdict Challenged

Farmers Appeal the Unjust Monsanto Ruling

Written by Alex Reid
Posted March 30, 2012

A group of American family farmers have stated they will appeal the verdict of the lawsuit against Monsanto for its patents on its Frankenseeds.

You see, what the original lawsuit challenged was Monsanto’s patents on its genetically modified seeds. In addition, the lawsuit sought to put an end to Monsanto’s practice of suing farmers and dealers when their organic seed gets contaminated with Monsanto Frankenseeds.

The organic farmers say their industry is at risk due to Monsanto’s almost complete control over the seed market. The group is composed of 50 different organizations.

“Farmers are under threat. Our right to farm the way we choose, and to grow pure organic seed and healthy food on our farms for our families and for our customers is under assault,” organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen, the president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Commission, who also happens to be the lead plaintiff.

This is the most recent chapter in a case dating back a year, and coming to an acrimonious end last month when US District Judge Naomi Buchwald threw out the case. Judge Buchwald admonished the groups for a “transparent effort to create a controversy where none exists.”

The problem with the ruling is that it completely ignores Monsanto’s bully tactics. Monsanto has an ugly history of litigation and an even uglier history of winning. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto has filed 144 lawsuits against farmers for “using” their seed without permission and not paying due royalties. Monsanto won a number of these cases.

However, the farmers are not going to give up without a fight. When notified of the group filing an appeal, Monsanto spokesman simply stated, “we remain confident about our legal practical stance.”

Of course he feels confident. The company freely roams the halls of Congress, dictating policy and influencing lawmakers.

If there's ever a company that needs to get taken down a few notches, this is the one.