Monsanto seed patent case to appear before Supreme Court

February 18, 2013 |

In Washington, Monsanto’s seed patent will appear before the Supreme Court tomorrow. The case addresses the ownership of seeds under patents, particularly whether the seed from the company’s Roundup Ready soybeans can be legally replanted— the financial implications on farmers and the biotech industry alike could be enormous. Said Cathy Enright, a representative from BIO, if Monsanto loses, “crop development [would] suffer at a time when the world’s demand for food is growing, [and] so would innovation in vaccines, stem cell therapies and biofuel-producing algae.” The Supreme Court’s ruling will come out later this year.

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