Our nation's greatest court, with nary a hint of dispute, dissention, or differing reason, released three unanimous opinions today. And while some (the tow yard) will likely have little-to-no impact in the real world, another (Monsanto's soybean patent case) may have a far greater impact, especially in the areas of genetically modified crops, vaccines, and any other self-replicating products.
Monsanto Roundup-Ready Soybeans
In many ways, Monsanto giveth, and Monsanto taketh away. They invented an herbicide that kills pests -- and plants. They also invented a plant that resists that herbicide -- the Roundup-Ready soybean. And while they'll give you the genetically altered soybeans to plant (for a fee, of course), they take away the right to replant those beans in subsequent years through patent enforcement and licensing agreements.