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Blog Archive (February 2012)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 27th, 2012
New York, New York - On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto after hearing oral argument on January 31st in Federal District Court in Manhattan.  Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf of organic farmers, seed growers and agricultural... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 25th, 2012
It's time to Change the Debate in Washington: Tell Congress, "I want an Organic Farm Bill" Tell Congress to stand up for farmers, eaters and the environment - "I want an Organic Farm Bill! Yes, I support an Organic Farm Bill! As I always say, the Internet is like a box of chocolates, (organic hopefully) you never know what you’re going to get. This week I was asked to participate in a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2012
More than 100,000 Stand with Family Farmers vs. Monsanto! Do you? We wanted to thank everyone for standing with family farmers vs. Monsanto during their day in court on January 31st. Incredibly, more than 55 family farmers and plaintiffs traveled to New York to take part in the initial phase of the potentially landmark case Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 16th, 2012
By Leslie Hatfield, Late last month in downtown Manhattan, Judge Federal Court Judge Naomi Buchwald heard the first arguments in OSGATA et al. versus Monsanto, a groundbreaking lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) on behalf of 83 farmer plaintiffs, who are “seeking court protection under the Declaratory Judgment Act, from Monsanto-initiated patent... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 14th, 2012
By Patt Morrison, Biotechnology and agricultural giant Monsanto sells most of the seeds on the U.S. market, and organic farms have long complained about the agri-giant’s monopolistic approach to farming. The U.S. Patent Office ruled in 1982 that plants were able to be patented, clearing the way for Monsanto to create proprietary seeds that need to be purchased every growing season –... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 10th, 2012
By Jenny An, Monsanto is getting a taste of its own medicine; the company is being taken to court. In this corner, we have a corporate biotech giant with a tighter grasp on the agricultural Monopoly board than your over-enthusiastic little sister on game night. (Their patented genes are in more than 80 percent of the soybeans, corn, cotton, sugar beets, and canola seeds grown in the U.S.)... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 07th, 2012
By Julia Moskin, SILENT in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their fields.The hearing is part of a debate that is coming to life around the country, in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 06th, 2012
By Anna Lekas Miller February 6, 2012   Occupy comes out to support a lawsuit that hopes to turn the tables on corporate farming behemoth Monsanto. Monsanto, if you will, is the 1 percent of Big Agriculture--the scourge of small farmers everywhere. But now those farmers are fighting back, backed by activists from Occupy Wall Street. First, some history. In 1982, Monsanto... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 05th, 2012
On January 31, 55 family farmers, organic seed growers and sustainable farm advocates traveled to New York City to take part in the first phase of a lawsuit filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds (GMOs), which often contaminates organic and conventional farmers' crops and exposes them to abusive lawsuits by the world’s largest biotech... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 02nd, 2012
By Sally Pollack Rachel Nevitt is an organic farmer in Hinesburg whose work brought her Tuesday from Full Moon Farm to new turf: the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in New York City. Nevitt and her husband, David Zuckerman, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit that concerns patent rights and genetically modified organisms (GMO). The issue centers on the legal ramifications that might arise if patented... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 01st, 2012
New York City, NY - January, 31 2012 - It was standing room only as family farmers from around North America filled Federal Court Judge Naomi Buchwald's courtroom in Manhattan on Tuesday, January 31.  The topic was the landmark organic community lawsuit OSGATA et al v. Monsanto and the Oral Argument Monsanto's pre-trial motion to dismiss which it filed last July.... more

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