Monday, April 16, 2001
"A judge yesterday ordered a Canadian farmer to pay the biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. thousands of dollars because the company's genetically engineered canola plants were found growing on his field, apparently after pollen from modified plants had blown onto his property from nearby farms."
Thus the Washington Post informed its readers of the latest agbio outrage. According to the newspaper on March 30, Percy Schmeiser, a fifth-generation, 70-year old farmer in Bruno, Saskatchewan, was an innocent, persecuted by a multinational life sciences company for pursuing the ancient practice of saving seeds from his crop and sowing them the next year. Genetically modified Roundup Ready canola seeds allegedly had blown onto his fields and Schmeiser had unwittingly included them in the saved seeds.