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 seed and chemical corporation: Monsanto.
While farmers and plaintiffs were in court during the oral arguments in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al vs. Monsanto, members of Occupy Wall Street and the OWS Food Justice and Occupy Farms working groups participated in A Citizen's Assembly of Support for Family Farmers Against Monsanto, where hundreds gathered to show their solidarity with the farmers in court and to learn more about Monsanto's genetically modified (GMO) seeds and their abusive patent infringement lawsuits against farmer's whose fields become contaminated through no fault of their own.
After the hearing, farmers and plaintiffs exited the court to participate in the Citizen's Assembly and to share their stories.
Recently a number of excellent photos from the day's event have been posted on the Occupy Wall Street Food Justice working group's Facebook page that really captures the spirit of the day. Thank you @OccupyWallStNYC, @FoodJusticeOWS, @occupybigfood, and @OccupyFarmsNYC for all your support for farmers!