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Monsanto Trial Verdict Leads To Protest In Washington, D.C.

Protesters assembled in front of the Washington, D.C. offices of agricultural biotech giant Monsanto Wednesday, in response to a federal judge’s dismissal of a class-action lawsuit against the company.

Chanting phrases like “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Monsanto has got to go!,” 40 to 50 members of Occupy D.C. gathered in the rain in front of the I Street office building, reported DCist.

Although the Occupy protesters did not stop office workers from entering the building, a dozen demonstrators were arrested by D.C. police. The Washington Post notes that another Monsanto protest, called “Occupy Our Food Supply,” took place on Tuesday in New York City.

The case that preceded the protests was called a “transparent effort to create a controversy where none exists” by Naomi Buchwald, the U.S. District Court judge who dismissed the claims against Monsanto.

According to Reuters, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and dozens of other plaintiffs filed the suit hoping for a “ruling that would prohibit Monsanto from suing the farmers or dealers if their organic seed becomes contaminated with Monsanto’s patented biotech seed germplasm.”

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2 comments to Monsanto Trial Verdict Leads To Protest In Washington, D.C.

  • Thank you for this post. I learned in Food Inc. that it’s hard to avoid these glcitenaely modified crops now that Monsanto owns the patents for 90% of all seeds. How could the government let this happen?

  • Is it a French eco-fringe or is it “far too many people”? To distrust the science saying that Monsanto products are harmless, you have to believe big business is behind the science. To distrust the science about (say) climate change, you have to invent your world, and people it with America hatin’ elites with an agenda. I see the ideology in the later, not the former.

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