"As Patent Ends, a Seed’s Use Will Survive"

"Facing antitrust scrutiny over its practices in the biotechnology seed business, Monsanto has said it will not stand in the way of farmers eventually using lower cost alternatives to its genetically modified soybeans.

In letters to seed companies and farm groups this week, Monsanto said that it would allow farmers to continue to grow its hugely popular Roundup Ready 1 soybeans even after the patent protecting the technology expires in 2014."

Andrew Pollack reports for the New York Times December 17, 2009.


Source: NYTimes, 12/18/2009