Patti O. Furniture Furniture's picture
Many farmers have chosen to avoid planting the GMO seeds, for whatever reason, and aren't given the choice to extract them once the seeds have infiltrated into their crops. How is it legal to fine or sue a farmer after discovering a patented GMO on his/her land? Wouldn't it be more logical to permit the farmers to sue the owner of the GMO for intruding upon their crops?

A:Expert Answer

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 in the farmer's field.


We respect a farmer’s right to choose the best seed for him or her. 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 that 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. 


Rdewitt's picture

This is one of the biggest lies the anti movement uses. No one gets sued for seeds simply getting into their field. If you read the legal documentation you will see that there was strong evidence that the farmer was using the seeds intentionally. Things like spraying glyphosate on the entire crop which you would not do unless you knew your whole crop was RR.

Patti O. Furniture Furniture's picture

Really?!! High-paid lawyers outwitted a small farmer and that's proof he infringed upon Monsanto's patents. BeeEss. Monsanto does not have a reputation of honesty. They have a reputation for sinking billions into getting their way, manipulating courts and government.

Somehow, this answer does not quell my agitation with the pedaling poisonous products. Patenting life forms used to be illegal until the manipulative tactics and MONEY were thrown at the obstacle. Monsanto makes those obstacles magically disappear.

Farmers should not be sued for planting seeds at ALL. Nor should they be run out of business for collecting seeds. THAT is farming. For Monsanto to rewrite the ritual we've used to FEED ourselves for millions of years is absurdly evil. You should be ashamed of yourself for defending this practice. This site was created, quite obviously, in an attempt to dispel any rumors or bad press you've deserved over the past few years, but let me assure you, you will not win. We have the power of rapid information sharing and the truth is out and spreading like wildfire. Like a non-patended natural weed that is immune to your products... a super weed that is a direct result of overuse of Monsanto products.

Kiya Tabb's picture

Rdewitt is also a Monsanto employee (as is Ben). Check out their facebook page and you will see all of the familiar paid Monsanto faces.

Ben Schaefer's picture

Yes. I do. So why not listen to someone who works directly with GMOs?
I can assure you that Monsanto has never sued anyone for accidental contamination. If there was cross pollination, chances are neither Monsanto nor the farmers of the two different fields would ever know.