Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Monsanto whacks farmer Beneteau

from the Canadian Press__>

The Winnipeg-based Canadian headquarters of the global agricultural giant Monsanto said Paul Beneteau of Amherstburg was found in court to have grown, harvested and sold 55 acres of soybeans that he "knew contained genes and cells as claimed in the said claims of the patent."

Beneteau was ordered to pay damages amounting to $160 per acre.

"We have a duty to protect our intellectual property and keep the playing field level for all growers who are purchasing Monsanto patented technologies," Monsanto Canada spokeswoman Trish Jordan said in a release.

[There is also an injunction against Beneteau.]

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