Last night on the Daily Show, correspondent Aasif Mandvi filed a special report on the "unsung heroes" of the farming world: biotech patent lawyers. Mandvi interviews one such patent lawyer who explains "sometime farmers act in a manner that is not in the best interests of the biotech seed companies" like Monsanto. Mandvi notes that "big farmer has forced Monsanto to pursue legal action against them over 500 times a year," and wonders if "maybe farmers deserve" to be sued.
To get the other side of the story, Mandvi speaks with a farmer. When the farmer explains that he grows food, Mandvi counters: "Big deal. Any hipster can grow food. They can grow tomatoes on a Williamsburg rooftop. Doesn't take a lot of skill." Mandvi asks why farmers are skeptical of Monsanto's work: "Do you know how hard it is to develop seeds? It's not like they grow on trees." Mandvi suggests that all Monsanto really wants is for "greedy farmers [to] pay a yearly licensing fee for new seeds, rather than reuse seeds from a previous harvest the way they've done since farming began." The segment ends with a video tribute to biotech patent lawyers, who put on "Brooks Brotheralls" and head into the fields to uncover cases of patent infringement. Go, watch: