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Monsanto Sued by Organic Farmers Over Modified-Seed Patents

March 31, 2011
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A group of farmers sued Monsanto Co. in a challenge to the company’s patents for genetically modified seeds, reports Bloomberg. The lawsuit is preemptive to protect against patent- infringement claims should the farmers’ land and plants be found to have traits of Monsanto’s modified seeds, said the Public Patent Foundation, which filed claims today in New York on behalf of 60 family farms, seed businesses and organic-food groups. The lawsuit challenges the validity of 23 patents. The farmers contend that wind-blown pollen from gene- altered crops can contaminate and destroy plants at nearby organic farms. Organic canola is “virtually extinct” because of genetically modified crops and the same could happen to corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa, the group said.

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