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Sun May 26, 2013, 11:55 AM

 

We know Monsanto sues farmers for GMO's



What about organic farmers suing Monsanto for corruption of their genetic stock?

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Reply We know Monsanto sues farmers for GMO's (Original post)
SHRED May 2013 OP
djean111 May 2013 #1
arcane1 May 2013 #2
BronxBoy May 2013 #4
arcane1 May 2013 #5
BronxBoy May 2013 #3
Buzz Clik May 2013 #6

Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:59 AM

1. I would bet that Monsanto would argue that organic genetic stock is not patented.

 

I absolutely think farmers should be able to sue Monsanto for cross-pollination.
I am dumfounded and thunderstruck - but then again, this is corrupt corporate America - that Monsanto can sue farmers.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:03 PM

2. That, and they'd need an army of lawyers willing to work for free, for YEARS.

 

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #2)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:17 PM

4. You're right....

But what would happen if they sue the offending farmer rather than Monsanto? Ultimately, it's the farmer that puts the seed into the ground. Evils of Monsanto aside, shouldn't the farmer planting this stuff bear some culpability?

I have no clue and would be interested in hearing from some persons with a legal background.

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Response to BronxBoy (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:21 PM

5. That's a good point. I'm curious how that would work out.

 

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:13 PM

3. I have often wondered about this.....

Farmer A plants open pollinated corn in his fields. 1 mile down the road, Farmer B plants genetic corn that is covered by a patent. Corn is pollinated by wind. Farmer A's crop becomes cross pollinated by Farmer B's crop thereby putting his crop under the legal restrictions of the patent which wasn't Farmer A's wish.

Why isn't there any legal liability for Farmer B for not preventing his crop from contaminating Farmer A's crop? I've never understood that. There are plenty of legal ramifications for Farmer A should his corn be sold or he reuses the seed. Why isn't there any legal liability for Farmer B for letting his patented seed contaminate the crop of Farmer A in the first place?

I hope some of the legal eagles on DU chime in. Aside from the fact that no small farmer can challenge the legal muscle of Monsanto, it just seems that if you let your patented crops contaminate mine, I should have the ability to seek legal redress.

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