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Canadian Supreme Court Rules for Monsanto

Monsanto's headquarters in Creve Coeur.
Monsanto's headquarters in Creve Coeur.


St. Louis – Canada's top court has sided with St. Louis-based Monsanto in its patent-infringement flap with a Canadian farmer.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Percy Schmeiser, a Saskatchewan farmer who says genetically engineered canola seeds found on his land got their by accident.

Monsanto says Schmeiser got its seeds without paying for them.

The canola was engineered to resist the U.S. company's powerful Roundup weedkiller.

Monsanto cheered the ruling as good news for farmers and Canadians, all benefitting from innovative work to produce more abundant, high quality food.

Ending a seven-year flap, Canada's high court overturned a lower court ruling ordering him to pay the $72,000 in profits from the sale of his 1998 crop.