Heart and Grain: Farmers are matchmakers between land and seed

By Mai Nguyen I keep searching for ground to grow on. Literally. I drive up and down California looking for a place to plant my grain, hoping to someday find a long-term lease or even purchase land. This past February, two farmers in Sonoma County offered to let me farm their fallow land, one six-acre plot and one three-acre plot. While I was excited for the opportunity, I was limited by my seed supply. The seeds I need aren’t readily available.... Read More

Moving on from Bowman v. Monsanto: Are Courts the Right Place for the Battle Over Seed Patents?

Vernon Bowman, photo courtesy of New York Times. Early last week, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto in a case that pitted Indiana farmer Vernon Hough Bowman against the agribusiness giant. The Court unanimously held that Bowman violated Monsanto’s patent on genetically modified soybeans when he procured seeds from a grain elevator and used them to plant and select out Roundup resistant seeds for future plantings. In saving... Read More

A “Roundup” of Monsanto in the News

MAY 2013 NEWS UPDATE  On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Bowman case.  The Court sided with the seed company, writing that Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman violated patent laws when he purchased soy from a local grain elevator and planted it as a secondary crop without paying fees to Monsanto.  Bowman tried to argue that because he was planting the second-generation and beyond of the genetically... Read More

Take a Stand in DC to Challenge Monsanto’s Aggression Against Family Farmers

Farmers Against Monsanto, courtesy of fooddemocracynow.org If you’re able to be in Washington, DC tomorrow (Thursday, January 10th), please come out to stand in solidarity with the 30 farmers fighting to defend American agriculture.  They will will be appealing their landmark court case challenging Monsanto’s abusive patent infringement lawsuits and could use your support! The assembly will take place at 10 AM at Lafayette Square (H Street... Read More