Monsanto announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has issued a civil investigative demand (CID) requesting information on its soybean traits business. The DOJ is primarily seeking a confirmation that, as Monsanto has previously indicated, farmers and seed companies will continue to have access to the first-generation Roundup Ready® trait following patent expiry in 2014.
Please read our announcement here.
For more information on what a CID is and how it’s used by the DOJ, check out this 2008 FAQ written for the Yahoo-Google deal antitrust investigation.
More information on Monsanto and competition in the seed industry:
- Choice in Agriculture
- A Look at the Seed Industry: Innovation and the Competitive Seed Market (Monsanto.com)
- Monsanto Public Comments to the DOJ
- Yet More Evidence Against the DOJ’s Antitrust Plantings, Truth on the Market Blog, Jan 6, 2010