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!
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
posted 9 years ago
That suit is DOA~ judges will pass it on up to the supreme court where Clarence Thomas will side with his old employer,Monsanto..
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posted 9 years ago
Any possibility that someone might notice a conflict of interest there? It's a pretty sad state of affairs as you present it.
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.
Back in the 40s Monsanto sued JI Rodale who started the organic gardeningmagazine. He had told people that the stuff wasn't good for you and one of his young friends wrote a book called silent Spring which painted a dismal picture of the future with pesticides. Monsanto lost in this suit.
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.
The knights of nee want a shrubbery. And a tiny ad:
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