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Friday, Jun 14, 2002
"Monsanto vs. Percy Schmeiser was heard in a Canadian court June 5 - 20, 2000.
According to reports, Monsanto never directly tried to explain how their genes
got into Schmeiser's field. In fact, the Western Producer, a Canadian agriculture
magazine, quoted Monsanto attorney, Roger Hughes, as saying, "Whether
Mr. Schmeiser knew of the matter or not matters not at all." In other words,
Schmeiser's fields were contaminated by Monsanto's GM technology, and it
didn't matter if Schmeiser was aware of the contamination or not. They were
going to make him pay for it! Percy Schmeiser said, "It was a very frightening
thing because they said it does not matter how it gets into a farmer's field; it's their
property... if I would go to St. Louis (Monsanto headquarters) and contaminate
their plots--destroy what they have worked on for 40 years--I think I would be
put in jail and the key thrown away."