You may have heard that recently the Supreme Court sided with genetically modified food giant Monsanto against farmers in a suit with widespread implications for both groups. Monsanto has been trying to stop farmers from using seeds from Monsanto’s GMO crops from one season to the next.
From the farmer’s standpoint, being able to harvest their crops and use those new seeds for the next season is a big money saver. From Monsanto’s perspective, the company faced the possibility of developing new species of plants and then basically going into competition against their customers who used them.
Monsanto is the largest producer of GMO crops. The company created a series of plants including soybeans that can withstand an active ingredient in many weed killers. With Monsanto’s crops, farmers are free to spray weed killer without fear that it will damage the crops. In ruling against farmers, the judge said that the purchaser of a patented product cannot make new copies of that patented product.
Regardless of how that case would have come out, the biggest losers may be the people who eat the alarmingly large amount of genetically modified food now being produced in this country. It has been proven century after century in America and elsewhere that the purest form of vegetables and fruits are the ones that come from open pollinated, non-genetically modified, heirloom seeds. There are still many questions out there about GMO foods and the long-term threat they may pose to the health of those who consume them.
This article explains the court case in more detail. Legally speaking, it’s very possible that the Supreme Court made the correct decision in this case. After all, if someone published a book and then someone else made a bunch of copies of that book and sold them, that wouldn’t be right.
But either way, genetically modified foods will continue to be produced and consumed in huge quantities. Are you concerned about this? Do you believe that there are legitimate reasons for trying to halt the production of genetically modified foods, at least until more research is conducted? Hope to hear from you about this.