Monsanto dominates the seed business, thanks to highly questionable patents on GM seeds. And Monsanto isn't content, resorting to patent lawyers to sue roughly 500 farmers per year that somehow get Monsanto seeds.
The Daily Show couldn't resist taking on Monsanto.
Troy Roush, farmer and vice president of the American Corn Growers Association, points out an example of a farmer being sued when seeds from a truck blew onto the farmer's land.
"Sometimes farmers act in the manner that is not in the best interests of the biotechnology seed companies," says an unnamed patent lawyer.
"Patent lawyers are so vital. They've done what farmers have never been able to do: collect royalties on nature," said correspondent Aasif Mandvi.
Mandvi follows up with the patent lawyer about whether you can patent air. The patent lawyer isn't aware of any air patents. The idea of Monsanto being able to patent seeds is still unfathomable.
We learn that Monsanto has a 93% share of the seed market.
Mandvi has fun with the idea that anybody can grow food, including a hipster growing tomatoes in Brooklyn.
The segment ends with a video extolling the patent lawyer with the characterizations of the farmer. Samantha Bee, another correspondent, reads over the verbal fine print at the end of the parody, "The views expressed in this segment in no way reflect those of the Daily Show. Monsanto, please don't sue us."
The Daily Show has nothing to worry about being sued. The program is protected by parody. If only farmers were so lucky.