The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard a case you may be aware of “Monsanto versus Indiana farmer Vernon Brown”. The story behind the case is that Farmer Bowman purchased Monsanto seeds for many years for his main soybean crop. He also saved seeds from previous crops and bought unlabeled “bin run” soybeans from a local elevator to plant. Some of those soybeans either saved or from the local elevator turned out to be Roundup-Ready genetically engineered seeds.
Monsanto sued farmer Brown charging infringement of its patent. Bowman contended that the patent should only apply to the first generation of seeds and farmers should have the time honored right to save and plants seeds. Continue reading “Monsanto vs Indiana Farmer Vernon Brown”