Last week, Food Democracy Now! was honored to join family farmers and fellow plaintiffs in travelling to Washington, D.C. to take part in our court appeal, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) vs Monsanto, to defend farmers’ right to farm and protect them from Monsanto’s frivolous patent infringement lawsuits by challenging the validity of their patents on seeds.
The case was filed to seek protection for organic and conventional farmers who grow traditional, non-GMO seeds and stop the resulting contamination by Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops, which even their own attorney admitted was inevitable.
The plaintiffs are not asking for a single penny, but seek protection from the court from Monsanto’s abusive patent infringement lawsuits if their crops become contaminated.
After the court hearing, the 33 family farmers and plaintiffs were encouraged to be joined by hundreds of supporters in Lafayette Park across from the White House where they gathered for A Citizen’s Assembly to rally in support of America’s family farmers versus Monsanto and to oppose the approval of 13 new GMO (genetically engineered) crops and AquaBounty’s GMO salmon until long-term safety testing can be conducted to help protect our food supply.
In the past 16 years, Monsanto has admittedly sued 144 family farmers, forced more than 700 farmers to settle out of court and had its seed police launch investigations – 500 per year – into more than 8,000 additional family farmers.
Right now the threat to America’s family farmers, our food supply and environment is greater than ever. Monsanto and the biotech companies have been allowed to write all the rules regarding regulations and undermine the oversight and approval process to basically rubberstamp approval of new GMO crops.
With the approval of each new genetically engineered crop, America’s organic and non-GMO farmers are being denied a basic right to grow crops on their land as they see fit and as a result, lose the ability to control their economic livelihood.
Along with the farmers we want to thank you for all your continued support! Your support on this issue could mean the difference between the future of family farm agriculture and the integrity of our food supply!
America's Farmers Say Stop GMO Salmon, it's Time to Take Back our Food Supply!
An audio recording of the court proceedings is below and we will keep you up to date when we receive more information about the pending appeals court decision.
Thanks again for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
Court Recording of OSGATA et al vs Monsanto, U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, Washington DC, January 10, 2013.