Court Dismisses Organic Farmers’ Case Against Monsanto


A New York federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of organic farmers, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, against the agricultural company Monsanto on Monday.

The farmers, who do not use Monsanto seeds, wanted the court to revoke Monsanto’s agricultural patents of strains of soybean, corn, and alfalfa. They were concerned that Monsanto would sue them if pollen from the company’s patented crops strayed into their fields.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled against the farmers, saying that Monsanto had never threatened to sue the plaintiffs and that they had engaged “in a transparent effort to create a controversy where non exists.”

According to the Times, the plaintiffs’ lead counsel, Daniel B. Ravicher of the Public Patent Foundation, said that the group will probably take the case to the Federal Court of Appeals.