Soybean seed case hits Supreme Court this week
(NEWSER) – Vernon Hugh Bowman, a 75-year-old Indiana farmer, is taking on agribusiness heavyweight Monsanto in a case hitting the Supreme Court tomorrow. Monsanto says Bowman, who has been using Monsanto's soybean seeds happily for years, is infringing its patents when he plants a second crop of soybeans each year. The breakdown, courtesy of NPR:
- Bowman has to sign a standard agreement when he buys Monsanto seeds for his spring crop, stating he won't save any of his harvest to replant the following year.
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