The Supreme Court to decide if it's legal for a farmer to buy seeds and plant them

The Supreme Court to decide if it's legal for a farmer to buy seeds and plant them.

A farmer named Hugh Bowman bought soybean seeds not from the seed store but from the feed store — soybeans being sold for feeding to livestock. He planted them.

Most of those feed soybeans were GMOs created by Monsanto. So Monsanto sued Bowman, saying they own the DNA in those soybeans, and therefore can tell farmers like Bowman what to do with the soybeans they buy.

To over-simplify, farmer Bowman's argument is that when he buys something, he should have the right to do whatever he wants with it.

Monsanto's argument is that when Bowman plants seeds developed by Monsanto, he is making an illegal copy of their invention.

The case is headed for the Supreme Court later this month.

What's YOUR opinion?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/farmers-use-of-genetically-modified-soybeans-grows-into-supreme-court-case/2013/02/09/8729f05a-717c-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html

 

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