Farmer’s who are considering planting Monsanto’s genetically engineered and patented life forms had better reconsider. If you take out a magnifying glass and read page 2 of the Monsanto Technology/Stewardship Agreement that all planters of Monsanto seed are required to contract under, you will find that you have put a cloud on your title simply by planting this poison.
Under the section on page 2 of the “Agreement”, the third bullet point says:
“• To accept and continue the obligations of this Monsanto Technology/Stewardship Agreement on any new land purchased or leased by Grower that has Seed planted on it by a previous owner or possessor of the
land; and to notify in writing purchasers or lessees of land owned by Grower that has Seed planted on it that the Monsanto Technology is subject to this Monsanto Technology/Stewardship Agreement and they
must have or obtain their own Monsanto Technology/Stewardship Agreement.”
There is no time limitation placed on the contract, I mean agreement, and while it says it can be terminated by either party in writing, the growers responsibilities remain. As one would expect coming from a company with such a well documented “love” for farmers (more like Pharmers), the contract is tremendously one sided.
The clause regarding liability is intriguing. It’s near the bottom of the second page:
“GROWER’S EXCLUSIVE LIMITED REMEDY: THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE Grower AND THE LIMIT OF THE LIABILITY OF MONSANTO OR ANY SELLER FOR ANY AND ALL LOSSES, INJURY OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM
THE USE OR HANDLING OF SEED (INCLUDING CLAIMS BASED IN CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY, TORT, OR OTHERWISE) SHALL BE THE PRICE PAID BY THE Grower FOR THE QUANTITY
OF THE SEED INVOLVED OR, AT THE ELECTION OF MONSANTO OR THE SEED SELLER, THE REPLACEMENT OF THE SEED. IN NO EVENT SHALL MONSANTO OR ANY SELLER BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL,
SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES.”
Meanwhile, Monsanto is being sued again. You can read about this suit by in excess of 50 growers and seed sellers here. They also had some more bad publicity, which would cause concern on liability in a new report that was issued regarding how unsafe glyphosphate actually is in low doses.
However, seeing that Monsanto has a massive team of attorneys on their payroll, they can wedge things up in court for some time. Never mind that the current Administration has flooded the Federal level agencies with Monsanto people….allowing their new GMO’s to be approved quite handily.