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Taking on Monsanto

(article, Culinate staff)

As the blog Civil Eats reported earlier this month, anti-GMO farmers have found a familiar tool to use in their struggles against biotech giant Monsanto: the lawsuit. 

At issue is whether Monsanto (as the company has done in the past) can truly sue farmers for patent infringement when Monsanto's GMO seed blows into a non-GMO field. Writer Tom Laskawy (who cross-posted on Grist) summed things up:

bq. If the suit is successful, not only will it limit Monsanto’s ability to sue farmers, the company will have far greater responsibility for how and where its biotech seeds are planted. The regulatory free ride will be over. While that won’t eliminate GMO crops, it will at least give organic farmers a hope of avoiding contamination.