Brazil cotton farmers sue Bayer over patent on GMO seed

Last changed: 12 July 2019

Reuters

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by Mistra Biotech

"Brazilian cotton producers in the state of Mato Grosso on Thursday sued Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE), seeking to cancel the chemical company’s patent protection for its Bollgard II RR Flex genetically modified cotton seed, according to a statement sent to Reuters."

"In a statement, Bayer said it had not been formally notified of any patent dispute related to the Bollgard II RR Flex technology. Bayer noted that this cotton seed technology was quickly adopted by Brazilian cotton growers, and was the most used in Mato Grosso."

"Bollgard II RR Flex combines resistance to insects and weed-killers. The technology was developed by U.S.-based Monsanto, a company taken over by Germany’s Bayer (BAYGn.DE) in a $63 billion transaction." - Ana Mano, Jonathan Oatis and David Gregorio 11/7


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