This is a question that we’ve seen several times on GMO Answers, and a misperception that we’d very much like to correct. None of our companies has sued a farmer because of the inadvertent presence of patented biotech traits were present in the farmer’s field.
We respect a farmer’s right to choose the best seed for them. In fact, our company is a supplier of non-biotech seed. Our agronomy and sales teams work with farmer customers to match the right seed – whether that’s biotech or not – and the best management practices to their specific growing conditions. And what we see in the field is, farmers are successfully growing all types of crops (conventional, organic, biotech, specialty), sometimes even on the same farm, through good communication, cooperation, flexibility and mutual respect for each other’s practices and requirements.