Percy vs Goliath
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I was reading a book written by Robert Reich. One chapter was about monopolies. In that chapter he talked about Monsanto. Here’s part of what he wrote about farmers who buy seeds from Monsanto:
“If farmers have any seeds left over, they must agree not to save and replant them in the future.”
“Through a series of court cases, Monsanto has gained increased protection of its intellectual property in genetically engineered seeds.”
“To enforce and ensure dominance, the company has employed a phalanx of lawyers. They’ve sued other companies for patent infringement and sued farmers who want to save seed for replanting.”
I didn’t fully understand what Robert Reich was talking about regarding to Monsanto’s patent protections.
After reading the chapter about Monsanto, I put down the book and went to the store. While at the store, I browsed through the DVD department and, by coincidence, came across a video called “Percy vs Goliath” — about a farmer who took on Monsanto. On the back of the video, it read:
“Christopher Walken stars in the true story of a small-town farmer taking on one of the largest agricultural and food manufacturing corporations. Percy Schmeiser (Walken), a third-generation farmer, is sued by a corporate giant for allegedly using their patented seeds.”
Very interesting movie. Monsanto claimed that Percy’s crops contain part of their patented seeds. Percy says the seeds blew in the air and landed on his farm and mixed with his crop — an act of nature. Monsanto demanded $10,000 from the farmer. Percy refuses to pay and takes them to court and ends up losing and owing Monsanto $105,000. As he continues the fight, his bills mount to $150,000. Monsanto sues, and he ends up owing them a little more than $1 million.
The movie was made in Canada. In fact, the farmer who fought Monsanto was a Canadian farmer.
Good movie. I liked how the movie ended with the song “This land was made for you and me.”
Here’s a brief YouTube Trailer of “Percy vs Goliath”…
August 28, 2021 at 10:37 PM #442772PolecatHollererParticipant
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…onto that farmer’s property.
Monsanto crops on neighboring properties CROSS-POLLINATED his crops via windblown pollen, so Monsanto sued him for using their patented genomic sequences without a license.
It’s one of the most blasphemously heinous abuses of patent law I’ve ever heard of, and it’s just par for the course these days. 😞
If you give a man enough rope, it will be six inches too short. This is not the nature of rope- it is the nature of man.
August 28, 2021 at 10:46 PM #442775gordyflParticipant
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And at the end of the movie they said that Monsanto had collected over $100 million from farmers for violating their patent. Most farmers just pay Goliath, rather than fight.
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