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Helping Vernon Bowman, the Farmer Who Owes Over $80K after Losing Monsanto Patent Case

Heather Callaghan, Activist Post

You may have heard of 76-year-old Vernon Hugh Bowman from Indiana who tenaciously took on Monsanto all the way to the Supreme Court over a patent infringement claim.

Since the Supreme Court upheld Monsanto’s end the other day, Bowman now owes $84,456 to the multi-billion GMO giant Monsanto. It was a landmark case with currently unknown implications, especially for farmers whose fields are unwittingly contaminated with patented Monsanto seeds. You can read more details on the case here.

According to a fund-raising effort created by Garret John LoPorto, Bowman barely has enough to make ends meet, using run-down tractors and having tried using second-hand seeds from granaries.

The desire to help Bowman comes from people not wanting his family to live under the burden of the looming debt. They want to show him that people will rally to help small farmers like him, that he hasn’t lost his support and that Monsanto has an increasing “groundswell” of enemies. The campaign has already received over $5,000 dollars in 48 hours and continues until July 11.

The effort was inspired by a website called UpRising where people share ideas and get together to create solutions and support.

You can check out more about the effort to help Farmer Bowman below:
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-support-this-poor-76-yr-old-farmer-monsanto-sued-for-84-456

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