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High Court Sides With Seed Giant

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The US Supreme Court has sided with Monsanto in a seed patent case involving an Indiana farmer. In a unanimous ruling, justices said farmers cannot plant the company's genetically-altered and herbicide-resistant Roundup Ready soybeans without paying the company to do so – including later generations of the seed. 75-year-old Farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman contended he was not violating Monsanto's patent by planting seeds that were produced by seeds he had purchased from a grain elevator, knowing that those would likely be Roundup-resistant as well.
The high court said Bowman is free to buy grain elevator beans to eat or feed to livestock or resell, but he could not plant the beans, and harvest them again and again without paying the agri-giant for use of its patented product. Bowman contended the soybeans replicated themselves, but the court said 'blaming the bean' was no defense.
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