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Monsanto Heads To Court

In a now-defunct factory in Nitro, West Virginia, Monsanto manufactured the herbicide used in Agent Orange for two decades.

Nitro was founded in 1917 as a place for a munitions plant during the World War I.

The Noxious Smell Of Monsanto

Even more bad news for Monsanto — the company was tied to the herbicide found in Agent Orange.

A now-defunct plant sits in Nitro, West Virginia, a town known for chemical production. For two decades, Monsanto produced herbicide 2,4,5-T used in Agent Orange to destroy vegetation. Residents who lived in Nitro at the time are filing a class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit would cover medical costs to determine if the people who lived in the town after 1949 were affected by the production of the chemical.

GMOs Are In The Air

Monsanto also went to court Tuesday in the case Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al. v. Monsanto.

Over 300,000 people were represented as OSGATA challenged Monsanto on their GMO seed patents and ability to sue farmers over genetic drift.

If the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, all biotech seed patents could be reversed, affecting not only Monsanto, but other companies like BSAF, Dow and Dupont.

Read More:

  • Monsanto Accused In Suit Tied To Agent Orange (NPR)
  • Landmark Lawsuit Against Monsanto Gets Day In Court (Sustainable Business)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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