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Hundreds of citizens, (even including NYC chefs in their white chef hats) joined Occupy the Food System groups, ie Food Democracy Now, gathered outside the Federal Courts in Manhattan on January 31st, to support organic family farmers in their landmark lawsuit against Big Agribusiness giant Monsanto. (Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association v. Monsanto) Oral arguments were heard that day concerning the lawsuit by 83 plaintiffs representing over 300,000 organic farmers, organic seed growers, and organic seed businesses.
The lawsuit addresses the bizarre and shocking issue of Monsanto harassing and threatening organic farmers with lawsuits of “patent infringement” if any organic farmer ends up with any trace amount of GM seeds on their organic farmland.
Judge Naomi Buckwald heard the oral arguments on Monsanto’s Motion to Dismiss, and the legal team from Public Patent Foundation represented the rights of American organic farmers against Monsanto, maker of GM seeds, [and additionally, Agent Orange, dioxin, etc.]
After hearing the arguments, Judge Buckwald stated that on March 31st she will hand down her decision on whether the lawsuit will move forward to trial.
Can we the regular citizens and consumers in this nation that support organic products and methods sign in to support and solidarity to the organic growers?
Originally posted by bobs_uruncle
reply to post by Night Star
You gotta know how corrupt the system is. Even if the case moves forward and Monsanto loses, all they will get is fines. How will they pay the fines? Increase their prices or get grants and bailouts from the government. Where will they ultimately recoup the court imposed fines from? All of us, in increased taxes or increased food prices. They lose nothing.
If the system weren't corrupt, Monsanto would be broken up and restructured or shut down, and the directors/officers charged with crimes against humanity. That would be a fine day to see!
Cheers - Daveedit on 2/13.2012 by bobs_uruncle because: (no reason given)
Organic agriculturalists say that corn, cotton, sugar beets and other crops of theirs have been contaminated by Monsanto‘s seed, and even though the contamination has been largely natural and unintended,
This is all about money, from the lawyers, to the organic farmers, to monsanto...