Why does Monsanto patent its seeds?

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Why does Monsanto patent its seeds?

In order to answer this question, we would like to explain a little about the global seed market.

Globally, more than 1,000 separate seed companies supply the commercial seed market. Farmers have literally thousands of choices on what to plant, including patented or non-patented seeds. We re-invest more than $2.6 million per day in research and development that ultimately benefits farmers and consumers. We have to protect our patent rights to the seeds we have developed, as do other businesses that own patents on their seeds, whether biotech or otherwise.

Just like a computer company that brings a piece of software to market, we spend years developing traits in seeds that make it easier, more cost effective and more efficient for farmers to use them. For more information on why we patent our seeds, visit our Patents page.

We are proud of what we do because Monsanto’s seed products have been developed with the farmer’s needs in mind. Our scientists have been able to breed specific traits that are beneficial to the farmers, sometimes using conventional methods and other times using biotechnology, helping to improve farming worldwide.

We have increased our effort to share more information about what we do and why we do it. Please explore monsantohawaii.srb to learn more about our work in Hawaii, who we are and what we are doing to support the communities that we live and work in.