U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Farmer's Monsanto Seed Appeal
- Common Dreams staff
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the case of a 73-year-old Indiana farmer who appealed a decision that he infringed patents held by Monsanto Co.
A federal appeals court found that soybean farmer Vernon Bowman infringed on Monsanto patents when he planted second-generation soybeans that were the product of seeds he had purchased from Monsanto.
The company claims to hold the rights to genetically modified seeds, and says farmers must buy them every year rather than planting any of the previous year's harvest.
Monsanto is the world's largest seed company, with $13.5 billion in annual revenue. Monsanto's Roundup Ready seeds are engineered to resist herbicides such as Roundup, to Bloomberg.