Schmeiser to play David to Monsanto’s Goliath again
Most of you will recall the high-profile battle fought by Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser when he was sued for growing their GM seed without tithing to the corporation for the privilege.
Schmeiser insisted that Monsanto’s patented DNA blew onto his land, but he lost an acrimonious fight in Canada’s Supreme Court anyway. Now Percy’s back for more.
Schmeiser has filed suit against the agribusiness giant in his Bruno, Saskatchewan, small claims court for C$600, claiming damages when Monsanto’s GM seed blew onto his land, which he had to pay to have removed so that he could plant mustard. His contention is that the GMO rapeseed plants (aka canola) are pollution, and polluters should pay.
In a telling move, Monsanto agreed to pay if Schmeiser would agree to a gag order preventing him from discussing the case or its settlement. Needless to say, the feisty Mr. Schmeiser isn’t having any.
There are more details in The Guardian.