Last week the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments on whether Monsanto has patent rights on second-generation self-replicating seeds, accepting an appeal from one of the many farmers sued by the biotech behemoth. The case is one of seven scheduled to be heard next year, with arguments set to begin in January or February 2013 and a ruling expected by June. After two decades of riding roughshod over US farmers, will Monsanto’s dominion over farmers’ rights finally be reined in?
Organic farmer Steve Marsh filed suit against his GM canola farmer neighbor last year after the neighbor’s crops contaminated his organic fields, causing him to lose certification over 70% of his farm. Now that suit is headed for the Supreme Court.
Last week, Rep. Kucinich submitted three bills regarding genetically engineered crops and animals. Now, we just have to make sure those bills become law.
The Genetically Engineered Technology Farmer Protection Act establishes a set of farmers’ rights in regards to genetically engineered organisms and the business practices of biotech companies.