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The Supreme Court agrees to hear an Indiana farmer's appeal that challenges the patent rights of...

The Supreme Court agrees to hear an Indiana farmer's appeal that challenges the patent rights of Monsanto's (MON) Roundup Ready seeds. MON, whose genetically modified seeds produce crops resistant to herbicide, has required farmers to use the patented seeds only for a single crop and not save the second-generation seeds from the harvest.
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  • Whitehawk
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    Patent rights on second-gen seeds that have been cultivated by farmers? Interesting case. The changes in the second gen seeds likely vary - how much and by what variables are relevant questions.
    5 Oct 2012, 05:15 PM Reply Like
  • ppars
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    My main questions are business/market orientation: suppose California passes the labeling proposition and suppose MON loses at the Supreme Court? What will happen to its stock price and what, if any effect will these items have on its profitability?
    7 Oct 2012, 01:36 AM Reply Like
  • Zsmith1756
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    Beyond that, would second gen seeds have a label requirement?

     

    My best guess, labels will not impact sales of seeds--if farmers can garner a higher and more consistent yield they will both peruse it and PAY for it. Read about the exceptions FDA is making for aflatoxins in US corn supply, mixing infected corn at up to 300 PPB with unaffected product--point being that we make huge exceptions as a society for pricing. With the amount of grocery items containing GE corn we should be investing in ink companies to print all of these labels!

     

    Regarding patents rights, MON is the one investing huge sums to develop the seed. If a crust-less sandwich can retain patent rights in both PB&J and Rasperry Jam (see uncrustables) I should think a gen-engineered biological product can do the same. Personally, I like my crust.

     

    Are farmers using second gen seeds gaming the system by taking advantage of engineered traits without paying for them (the second time around)? YES.
    8 Oct 2012, 10:08 AM Reply Like
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