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Monday, October 12, 2009
Good News for the Monday Blues
At long last, the business practices of Monsanto are being investigated by the Justice Department, with a focus on whether the company violated antitrust rules on its way to getting patented Monsanto genes into 96% of the soybean crop and 80% of the corn crop in the United States. Monsanto has long been acknowledged as a dangerously powerful bully in the seed industry, with films like Food Inc. documenting their ruthless tactics for squeezing out smaller competitors and farmers who refuse to buy their patented seed. Here's hoping this case marks the beginning of a return to the days when the best seed was part of the public trust, rather than a for-profit commodity.