Organic farmers have been angered by the use of genetically modified seed because it competes with their organic seed when it spreads. According to the statement, organic canola seed has become virtually extinct since Monsanto introduced genetically modified canola seed, and “organic corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa now face the same fate.”
See the complaint filed in SD NY
Paragraph 106 of the complaint notes:
Monsanto zealously enforces its transgenic seed patents. Published reports and
Monsanto’s own statements suggest that roughly 500 farmers are investigated for patent
infringement each year. Between 1997 and April 2010, Monsanto filed 144 lawsuits against
farmers in at least 27 different states for alleged infringement of its transgenic seed patents and/or
breach of its license to those patents.