Bowman v. Monsanto: Indiana Farmer's Supreme Court Challenge to Corporate Control of Food Supply [Debbie Barker @ DemocracyNow!]
- uploaded: Feb 21, 2013
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A David versus Goliath case heard by the Supreme Court this week pits a 75-year-old farmer from Indiana against Monsanto, the world's largest seed company. The dispute began when soybean farmer Vernon Bowman bought and planted a mix of unmarked grain typically used for animal feed. The plants that grew turned out to contain the popular herbicide-resistant genetic trait known as Roundup Ready that Monsanto guards closely with patents. Monsanto accused Bowman of using their technology without paying for it. Their contracts with farmers give them the exclusive rights to supply the Roundup Ready soybeans. They sued Bowman for patent infringement. We discuss the case with Debbie Barker, program director of Save Our Seeds, and international director of the Center for Food Safety.
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