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The Public Patent Foundation announced yesterday that it has filed what it is calling a “preemptive lawsuit” against the Monsanto Company, challenging the corporation’s patents on genetically modified seeds.

According to the announcement, the litigation was filed on behalf of farmers who “were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their crops ever become contaminated by Monsanto's genetically modified seed.”

The litigation charges that Monsanto “has sued farmers in the United States and Canada, in the past, when there are patented genetic material has inadvertently contaminated their crops ... Plaintiffs in the suit represent a broad array of family farmers, small businesses and organizations from within the organic agriculture community who are increasingly threatened by genetically modified seed contamination despite using their best efforts to avoid it.  The plaintiff organizations have over 270,000 members, including thousands of certified organic family farmers.”
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