Organic growers appeal case against Monsanto

Judge tossed the class action suit last month

Organic growers in the U.S. are appealing their lawsuit against Monsanto Co. over the companies patents on technologies for genetically modified seeds. Last month, a federal judge tossed out the class action lawsuit that a group of farmers had filed against the agriculture giant.

The case dates back to March 2011, when Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and dozens of other organic growers sued Monsanto challenging some of its patents and seeking protection against possible patent infringement lawsuits. Although none of the plaintiffs use Monsanto’s patented seeds when farming, they feared legal action if the company’s genetically modified seeds accidentally contaminated their crops.


Cathleen Flahardy

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