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Organic Farmers and Seed Sellers Sue Monsanto to Protect Themselves from Patents on Genetically Modified Seed - Food Democracy Now! Joins Lawsuit

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on March 29, 2011 - 1:42pm

 Preemptive Action Seeks Ruling That Would Prohibit Monsanto From Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Contaminated By Roundup Ready Seed

NEW YORK – March 29, 2011 – On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed
businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent

Senior Plant Pathologist Warns Secretary Vilsack of Discovery of New Organism, Threat to U.S. Agriculture

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on February 27, 2011 - 9:29am

On January 17, 2011, Dr. Don Huber, a senior plant pathologist and Professor Emeritus at Purdue University wrote Secretary Vilsack a private letter, detailing the discovery of a new organism, previously unknown to science, that a team of top U.S. scientists had found linked to a rise in crop diseases and a sharp increase in infertility and spontaneous abortions in animal livestock.

Monsanto's Members of Congress Send Pro-GMO Letter to Secretary Vilsack

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on January 21, 2011 - 1:14pm

Earlier this week, Frank Lucas (R-OK), the new chair of the House Agriculture committee, and two U.S. Senators sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack attempting to intimidate him and Obama administration USDA officials into fasttracking approval for Monsanto's genetically modified (GMO) alfalfa.

Decision in Monsanto v. Geerston Seed Farm: a Supreme Round Up of the Coverage

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on June 22, 2010 - 5:51am

Today's Supreme Court ruling in the Monsanto v. Geerston Seed Farms involving Monsanto's Roundup Ready genetically modified GMO alfalfa caused a significant stir in the sustainable ag community, with listservs frantically pushing out the latest news. What should have been a pretty straight forward story was complicated by reports in the mainstream media reporting

 

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Goes to Bat for Monsanto, Sides With Conservative Justices

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on May 14, 2010 - 10:27am

Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the United States and Monsanto wants to control it. On April 27, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could well write the future of alfalfa production in our country.

Fortunately, for those who are concerned about the potential environmental and health impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not yet residing on the bench.

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