In May of 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a 5-4 vote, ruled that Percy Schmeiser, a canola farmer in Saskatchewn, violated Monsanto Canada’s patent on its “novel” invention of genetically modified – ‘Roundup Ready’- canola seeds.
Mr. Schmeiser vehmently contended that the GMO patented seed had somehow, blown onto his propery. Monsanto disputed the claim and insisted the Canadian Farmer had ‘reaped and reused’ the GMO seed without authorization or compensation to Monsanto. Read more on the ruling here.
Over on Monsanto.com , these thugs claim that ‘Percy Schmeiser is not a here – rather, he’s a patent infringer who knows how to tell a good story.” Regardless of what Monsanto writes on their web-site about OUR Canadian Hero, Mr. Schmeiser is old school and opposed to genetically modifying nature. To that end, why on earth would this farmer intentionally plant GE seeds. At the end of the day, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Mr. Schmeiser was not unjustly enriched, rather, his profits for the year in question “were precisely what they would have been had he planted and harvested ordinary canola”. As a result, the Saskatchewan farmer did not have to pay any damages to Monsanto for patent infringement.
Prior to the 2015 overhaul of the legislation implementing stiff regulations regarding genetically modified (GE or GMO) foods, Monsanto managed to introduce GE food under a new category entitled “novel foods” and provided governments with scientific consensus that GE foods pose no greater risk to human health than conventional foods.
In Canada, Health Canada fired Shiv Chopra and Margarety Haydon in 2004 for insubordination when the two repeatedly went public over their concerns about the safty in the controversial Bovine Growth Hormone. The two were being pressured to approve the ‘Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rBST)’ growth hormone to boost the pruduction of milk in dairy cattle.
Most recently and a dozen years after these whistleblowers were fired by Health Canada, a tribunal has ordered reinstatement – see the update here.
Science Direct asserts that the research into recombinant DNA technology, has provided unparalleld advancements in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, producing more food and therapies for the world’s population. The question that never gets answered is this: What are the perils of GE foods? NCBI, another scientific site, has this to say about GM foods. Scientific studies seem to back this controversial subject.
With the regulation of medical and recreational cannabis in the near future, is it a surprise to learn that Monsanto has hooked up with GW Pharmaceuticals in the UK along with the largest seed accumulator – HortaPharma B.V.?