But Monsanto’s official answer was not long in coming. An attorney of the multinational company – through a public notice
to the American magazine Rolling Stone
– rejects White’s and Young’s accusations claiming that Mr White is not transparent in describing what happened: White admitted to consciously planting, producing, saving and selling Roundup Ready soybeans illegally and that his words are accompanied by lawsuit documents
Although they have tended to get a lot of attention, lawsuits between us and farmers who plant seeds without paying for them are actually very rare. Every year, hundreds of thousands of farmers plant our seeds. Since 1997, when we started trying to protect the patents on our seeds, we have gone to trial with a fraction of one percent of those customers. (…)Mr. White's actions are equivalent to pirating an album, producing thousands of copies and selling bootleg copies – all while knowing what you're doing is illegal and that it will result in criminal charges if caught.