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PLANTERS TAKE ON MONSANTO OVER SEED FEES -- AND SOMETIMES GO TO JAIL

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PLANTERS TAKE ON MONSANTO OVER SEED FEES -- AND SOMETIMES GO TO JAIL

By Jane Roberts

Sep 26, 2004 (The Commercial Appeal - Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News via COMTEX) -- Four months in prison last year hardened Kem Ralph's will to beat agrichemical giant Monsanto in a fight that has made him a cause celebre among farmers who save seed.

Monsanto won a $2.9 million patent infringement judgment against Ralph, who not only unlawfully saved the St. Louis-based company's genetically engineered seed but burned the evidence and lied about it in court.

Welcome to the world of unintended consequences

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"But, as a farmer friend recently noted, a growing numbers of
soyabean fields this summer are not without unwanted plants. 'I've
sprayed my Roundup beans twice this summer and I can see maize still
growing in the fields,' he said. [...] Moreover, he has never planted
Roundup maize on his farm so the hated maize cannot be a volunteer
from his last year's crop. 'But,' he guesses, 'I think it is. My
suspicion is the non-GMO seed I planted last year had to have some
Roundup maize in it. That's the only explanation for why I can't kill

Percy's battle is lost, and the war continues

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Monsanto wins key biotech ruling
By KIRK MAKIN and ALLISON DUNFIELD

Full text of decision at
http://www.lexum.umontreal.ca/csc-scc/en/rec/html/2004scc034.wpd.html

The Supreme Court of Canada made biotechnology history Friday with a 5-4 ruling that a Saskatchewan farmer violated a patent Monsanto Canada Inc. held on genes of genetically engineered canola seeds.

Iowa Farmers Organize

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From week.com (nbc)

Illinois corn farmers say the food industry needs better safeguards to prevent a repeat of a biotech crop scare that triggered recalls and cut prices in 2000.

Back then corn that wasn't approved for human consumption accidentally got mixed with other crops. The European Union doesn't allow import of biotech crops.

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