Monday, April 30, 2007

Monsanto and Soybeans©

The European Patent office will be making a decision on Monsanto's European patent (No. 301-749) on all (yes, all) genetically modified soybeans on May 3. The decision is due to the 13 year legal battle against the patent by the ETC Group (formerly RAFI) and Greenpeace. The patent was originally awarded to another US biotech company, Agracetus in 1994, but that company was overtaken by Monsanto in 1996.
In 2005, reports indicated that Monsanto's engineered soybean represented close to 90% of globally planted soy. Monsanto is currently the largest seed company in the world.
The patent was already upheld in a 2003 hearing by the European Patent Office.

posted by ryan griffis  # 12:01 PM

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