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Maine Groups Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Monsanto Case
09/06/2013 05:44 PM ET  

In a ruling earlier this year, a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals ruled that organic farmers and seed sellers are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto's genetically-engineered seed patents.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association - or MOFGA - has joined a coalition of organic and conventional family farmers, seed businesses and public advocacy groups asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case against the biotech giant Monsanto.

In a ruling earlier this year, a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals ruled that organic farmers and seed sellers are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto's genetically-engineered seed patents because "Monsanto has made binding assurances that it will not take legal action against growers whose crops might inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto biotech genes."

MOFGA's interim executive director Heather Spalding says MOFGA is proud to be part of the effort to bring justice to farmers who struggle to protect the integrity of their crops and to save their own seeds.

This story was written and reported by Susan Sharon.
 

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