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In a unanimous decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court backed the agribusiness firm Monsanto on its soybean patents. The justices concluded that an Indiana farmer, Vernon Hugh Bowman, violated the company’s intellectual property rights when he refused to pay royalties on unlabeled soybeans he bought that contained genes patented by the company.

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The court ruled that Monsanto’s patents cover not just genetically engineered seeds distributed by Monsanto and its agents, but also seeds circulating in the environment that contain Monsanto’s genes. [1]

Go out. Select a seed randomly. And you will find Monsanto in it. Life is patented. You too will be patented soon. Life is not yours. US Supreme Court has decided for you.

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