He may have lost another battle in his war against Monsanto, but Bruno,
Sask., farmer Percy Schmeiser says he plans to continue the fight.
He wants to take last week’s ruling from the Federal Court of Canada,
which upheld a lower court finding that he knowingly and unlawfully
grew Roundup Ready canola without a licence, to the Supreme Court of
And he isn’t going to let this legal failure interfere with his hectic
itinerary of international speaking engagements.
“It’s patent law over farmers’ rights,” fumed Schmeiser a few days
after the ruling was handed down. “It’s scary.”
Monsanto said it is happy with the ruling against all of Schmeiser’s
arguments, which it expected. But the court also decided that the
penalty against Schmeiser should not be increased.
Schmeiser said he is going to appeal the latest decision. The court
upheld a trial court ruling that found Schmeiser guilty of breaching
Monsanto’s patent on Roundup Ready canola because he grew a crop of
canola in 1998 that he must have known had a high concentration of
Monsanto’s patented gene.
Schmeiser, who just got back from the Earth Summit in South Africa
where he went to speak about his view of the dangers of genetically
modified crops, is getting ready for more travel.
He said the president of Ecuador has invited him to visit in November.
He is also returning to several Central American countries in November.
“I’ve met with all the environment ministers of Central America. Every
one of them,” said Schmeiser. “I also met with the president of Costa
Schmeiser said his travel costs are covered by those bringing him in to
speak and any extra payments are put into his legal defence trust fund.
Monsanto hopes this ruling against Schmeiser’s appeal pushes this case
into the history books.
“Hopefully this will put an end to it,” said Monsanto spokesperson
She said the company was gratified to see its patent rights upheld.
“This has never been about money. This has been about a principle,”