• GMO Tomato Patent: Europe Revokes Monsanto’s ‘Fraudulent’

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    Do scientists know how dangerous a game they’re playing when they mess with plant and animal genes in the service of biotechnology? I have wondered about this often and finally got an answer.

    A further opposition was filed by Nunhems / Bayer CropScience. In November 2014, Monsanto requested that the patent be revoked in its entirety and the EPO complied with this request.

    The patent covered conventionally bred tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis, which were claimed as an invention. The original tomatoes used for this patent were accessed via the international gene bank in Gatersleben, Germany, and it was already known that these plants had the desired resistance. Monsanto produced a cleverly worded patent in order to create the impression that genetic engineering had been used to produce the tomatoes and to make it look ‘inventive’.

    “Revoking this patent is an important success. It was more or less based on a combination of fraud, abuse of patent law and biopiracy. The patent could have been used to monopolise important genetic resources. Now breeders, growers and consumers have a chance of …

    It appears that the brick wall of reality is coming closer and closer. The conflict between quality and quantity, the requirement for real food versus fake food designed to create dependence of the many for the profit of the few, is far from over. But the battle is becoming increasingly more interesting and is, at the very least, serving to raise awareness and educate consumers.

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