Unanimous high court backs Monsanto over farmer

Agribusiness food giant Monsanto took on Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman (NPR photo by Dan Charles) in a dispute over a patent to grow genetically modified soybeans. The case went all the way to the top, with the Supreme Court ruling unanimously yesterday that Bowman violated Monsanto’s patent. Monsanto’s soybeans are resistant to the weed killer [...]

Supreme Court to mull control of patented seeds

The case of an Indiana farmer who planted the genetically altered soybeans he got from a local grain elevator has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Hugh Bowman’s dispute with agricultural giant Monsanto has evolved into a larger debate of the influence big agribusinesses have on farmers. Monsanto, the producer of the powerful herbicide Roundup and the [...]

Massachusetts Organic Farmers Question Candidates

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association is quizzing candidates for governor and the legislature on issues the organization expects will come up for a vote in the coming session. The state House of Representatives has 160 members; the Senate has 40. I don’t know how many seats are [...]

Obama Administration Parroting Monsanto

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Jill Richardson, who blogs at La Vida Locavore, is getting to be one of my favorite writers and thinkers about matters agricultural. Here is the first part of her latest article on Alternet.   This is one of those pieces I wish I’d written — and that’s the highest praise one [...]

Monsanto’s Dedication to Ending Global Hunger (?)

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Sometimes it takes a pair or two of extra-sharp eyes to figure out what a corporate lobbyist is up to. Here’s a good one: Monsanto’s lobbyists are trying to get the Senate to write a mandate for research and technology transfer of genetically modified agricultural techniques into S. 384: Global Food [...]

Is This Why They Call It Frankenfood?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Heading out to a meeting I knew would start way later than announced, I grabbed the March 30 issue of the New Yorker to keep my mind occupied and my prefrontal cortex from getting angry while I waited. [Note: The reference to the site of anger in the brain is an [...]