Target: United States Supreme Court
Goal: Condemn the court’s allowing agricultural giant Monsanto to sue an independent farmer on questionable pretenses
On May 13th, the Supreme Court voted unanimously in favor of agribusiness giant Monsanto in a case against small-time farmer Vernon Bowman. Bowman was accused of using Monsanto-patented seeds without paying the company; however, he insists the seeds were purchased from a mix of grain elevator. The company has successfully sued Bowman for upwards of $84,000. We must let the Supreme Court know that the American people do not agree with their big-business advocacy.
Monsanto’s patented seeds have become so prevalent in the agricultural community that it is nearly impossible to plant seeds without traces of Monsanto genetics. In the ruling, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that, ‘patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission.’ In other words: Monsanto has the right to monopolize seed patents at the expense of American farmers. By planting a mix of generic seed varieties, Bowman unwittingly infringed upon Monsanto’s seed patent, and he is now paying a severe price. This is not the only instance of the Supreme Court protecting monopolies, and as citizens interested in justice we must make it understood that we will not tolerate the advocacy of big-business exploitation.
Dear Members of the Supreme Court,
The recent ruling of Bowman v. Monsanto Co. is a stark demonstration of the court’s disinterest in ensuring equality for American citizens. Democracy is not a word limited to domestic affairs, as you well know, therefore I am disturbed at the court’s advocacy of business monopolization as opposed to democratization. By Justice Kagan claiming that patent exhaustion must be upheld, she is euphemistically stating that patent monopolies are acceptable in the eyes of the court. We cannot have justice, nor equality, nor democracy if the Supreme Court continues to rule in favor of any form of monopoly.
This letter serves as a remonstration of the court by the American people. We are not hoodwinked by the farcical charade of a polarized court. It has been stated, volubly and crisply, that the court only cares about corporate interest, and the resulting exploitation of people through those interests. Shame on all of you.
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