The Anti-GMO Movement Gets Its Day in Co

February 24 [Sun], 2013, 23:35
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Bowman v. Monsanto Co. today. It marks the first time that an issue of soy, in the case of Victor Hugh Bowmanhas been heard by Americas highest court.

Theis reporting that the justices appeared likely to side with Monsanto Co., upholding the lower courts ruling and requiring Bowman to pay $84,456 to the ag giant for violating its intellectual property rights.

Bowmans alleged infringement stems from a purchase of soybeans from a grain elevator near his Indiana farm in 1999. Although the soy explicitly wasnt sold to him as seed, Bowman used it to plant a second, late-season crop, one he expected lower yields from due to less desirable weather. Instead of buying expensive Monsanto seeds, as he does for his primary planting, he chose to lower his overhead by purchasing some of the surrounding areas harvestmuch of which likely carried Monsanto-owned genesat the elevator and use it as a cheaper alternative.
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