More than 270,000 organic farmers are taking on corporate agriculture giant Monsanto in a lawsuit filed March 30. Led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the family farmers are fighting for the right to keep a portion of the world food supply organic—and preemptively protecting themselves from accusations of stealing genetically modified seeds that drift on to their pristine crop fields.
It’s a wide net Monsanto has cast over the agricultural landscape. As Ravicher points out, “it’s actually in Monsanto’s financial interest to eliminate organic seed so that they can have a total monopoly over our food supply.”
Imagine a world devoid of naturally vigorous traditional crops and controlled by a single business with a appetite for intellectual property. Did anyone else feel a cold wind pass through them?
This passage jumped out at me... I recently read a fiction book called "The Windup Girl" which is based in a post-climate change Earth where genetic diversity has been destroyed due to various biological weapons. Because of this biological destruction, agri-companies which have access to old seed banks and whatnot have control over countries, markets, farmers etc and generally the world is an unpleasant place. I'm hoping real life doesn't end up mimicking fiction!
In any case, it's surely a bit difficult not to admit a case of monopoly building when a company can force farmers to buy THEIR seed..this took Microsoft down a notch or two and it surely was as big an elephant as Monsanto?
This all started when some dumbass court allowed "life" forms to be patented.
I think they've expertly manipulated the landscape, the system, and the people.
It's hard to hatch a gameplan of retailiation when they've got just about all the bases covered.
The supreme court situation is why you can't receive true justice in America any longer. All positions are filled by two-timing cronies who have money and power on their mind, and little else.
Let's hope they get a solid foothold.. This shit has gotta cease.
About 40 years later Monsanto decided to sue JI's son Robert Rodale. He was guilty of saying many of the same things about them. Monsanto lost this lawsuit as well.
Several farmers on the Canadian prairies have lost huge amounts of money because Monsanto sued them after their crops were contaminated with GMO pollen. The resulting seed was considered Monsanto's property.
I'm glad to see that they are now the defendants.
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