Percy Schmeiser – Corporate Power v. the Small Farmer
Percy Schmeiser was targeted by Monsanto’s gene police, who claimed he was using Monsanto’s patented genetics, even though Schmeiser had never used any Monsanto products. His crop, unbeknownst to him, was genetically contaminated, ruining his 50-year-old seed-breeding program. Refusing to capitulate, the victim was charged with the crime. But Monsanto picked on the wrong guy. Schmeiser took the case to the Supreme Court and became an international spokesperson against the injustice and bio-vandalism of genetic engineering.
This speech was given at the 2003 Bioneers Annual Conference.