OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto

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The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has done it. The are suing Monsanto! Can you believe that? They actually filed on behalf of 60 farmers (they have since added 23 more) all they way back on March 29, 2011. I just found out about this because they have a big court date coming up January 31, 2012. And they need the support of everyone.

If you don’t understand why this is a big deal, check out a movie like Food Inc. to get a general idea of some of the problems with our food system. (probably not my first pick but certainly the most accessible)

When I was at the OEFFA Conference a few years ago I heard a great talk from Andrew Kimbrall from The Center for Food Safety regarding patentable genetic material and GMO crops. Both of those websites have a wealth of resources about transgenic crops.

Here is a great video from an OSGATA lawyer that explains some of the legal mumbo jumbo, sure it’s no Food Inc., but quite informative.

Lastly, if you can in any way help these folks out by joining, please do. This is truly a David vs Goliath story.

0 thoughts on “OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto

  1. Mordechai Welt says:

    Thank you for sharing this video. The absurdity of the situation is frightening. If Monsanto can sue an organic farmer after defiling the farmer’s land with genetically modified seeds it is a sorry perversion of justice.

    Here in Israel we would refer to Monsanto’s behavior as “chutzpa.”