Brazilian farmers WIN $2 billion judgment against Monsanto!

☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/06/16 02:09:17
by Mohammed Ismail on Jun 15, 20128:18 am

Five million Brazilian farmers have taken on US based biotech company Monsanto through a lawsuit demanding return of about 6.2 billion euros taken as royalties from them. The farmers are claiming that the powerful company has unfairly extracted these royalties from poor farmers because they were using seeds produced from crops grown from Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds, reports Merco Press.

In April this year, a judge in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, ruled in favor of the farmers and ordered Monsanto to return royalties paid since 2004 or a minimum of $2 billion. The ruling said that the business practices of seed multinational Monsanto violate the rules of the Brazilian Cultivars Act (No. 9.456/97).

Monsanto has appealed against the order and a federal court ruling on the case is now expected by 2014.

About 85% of Brazil’s massive soyabean crop output is produced from genetically engineered seeds. Brazil exports about $24.1 billion worth of soyabeans annually, more than a quarter of its total agri-exports.

Farmers say that they are using seeds produced many generations after the initial crops from the genetically modified Monsanto seeds were grown. Farmers claim that Monsanto unfairly collects exorbitant profits every year worldwide on royalties from “renewal” seed harvests. Renewal crops are those that have been planted using seed from the previous year’s harvest. Monsanto disagrees, demanding royalties from any crop generation produced from its genetically-engineered seed. Because the engineered seed is patented, Monsanto not only charges an initial royalty on the sale of the crop produced, but a continuing two per cent royalty on every subsequent crop, even if the farmer is using a later generation of seed.

The first transgenic soy seeds were illegally smuggled into Brazil from neighboring Argentina in 1998 and their use was banned and subject to prosecution until the last decade, according to the state-owned Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA).The ban has since been lifted and now 85 percent of the country’s soybean crop (25 million hectares or 62 million acres) is genetically modified, Alexandre Cattelan, an EMBRAPA researcher told Merco Press. Brazil is the world’s second largest producer and exporter of soyabean. China is one of its biggest buyers.

“Monsanto gets paid when it sell the seeds. The law gives producers the right to multiply the seeds they buy and nowhere in the world is there a requirement to pay (again). Producers are in effect paying a private tax on production,” Jane Berwanger, lawyer for the farmers told the media agencies.

Wow, this is just.... WOW! God's speed, farmers of Brazil!

This is a follow up to this story I posted a couple weeks ago. Here's the link....

And the link to the blog I posted here is below.

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  • DeeB 2012/06/16 03:23:36
    Too bad this wasn't in America. We need to rid ourselves of them and their poisons. But good for Brazil.

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  • Striker 2012/06/16 03:41:24
    Sounds as tho' Monsanto ought to be sued by everyone.
    Not meaning to switch subjects, but the "corporate tying" lies parallel to Micro$oft's "Software User Agreement", we can never "own" their software, but you knew that!
  • ☠ Live ... Striker 2012/06/16 03:52:10
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    Oh, of course. And just about every "free" webite on the internet sells our info to third parties. And that fascist, CISPA supporting pig Mark Zuckerberg that you all love so much is one of the biggest offenders. LOL! *You get a rave*
  • DeeB 2012/06/16 03:23:36
    Too bad this wasn't in America. We need to rid ourselves of them and their poisons. But good for Brazil.
  • ☠ Live ... DeeB 2012/06/16 03:34:34
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    For real. You know they're pulling the same scam in the States, too.
  • DeeB ☠ Live ... 2012/06/16 10:52:51
    Yes, but the people that are pushing the population control are in this country so good luck to us in getting rid of them.
  • S. Gompers 2012/06/16 02:53:25
    S. Gompers
  • Duke----The Non Racist, Fun... 2012/06/16 02:24:24
    Duke----The Non Racist, Funny Duke !
    GO BRAZILIAN FARMERS !!! Anyone else in the world got any balls to fight back against Monsanto? Huh? Huh? naw...I didn't think so
  • ☠ Live ... Duke---... 2012/06/16 02:31:25
  • Duke---... ☠ Live ... 2012/06/16 03:11:21
    Duke----The Non Racist, Funny Duke !
    You're sure right about the mainstream. Thanks for your post. Keep up the great work of trying to inform others.
  • ☠ Live ... Duke---... 2012/06/16 03:16:42

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