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Organic farmers’ case against Monsanto thrown out

U.S. Federal Dist. Judge Naomi Buchwald ruled Friday to dismiss the case brought by organic farmers to stop patent infringement lawsuits brought by seed giant Monsanto. The suit, called OSGATA et al. vs. Monsanto, was brought by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn. (OSGATA), as well as 82 other plaintiffs representing as many as 300,000 farmers.

“We’re Americans. We believe in the system. But we’re disappointed in the judge,” said Jim Gerritsen, an organic seed farmer in Maine and OSGATA president.

The farmers had sought a declaratory judgment against Monsanto to stop the agribusiness giant from suing farmers who ended up with patented genes in their seed crops through cross-contamination via wind or other accidental methods. Monsanto has said for years that it would not sue farmers who inadvertently acquired their patented genes, yet there have been over a hundred such lawsuits, including several against farmers who proved they had no intention of using Monsanto genes, and an unknown number of settlements that have not been disclosed. The farmers contend that this amounts to harassment, and that many of them have stopped growing profitable crops such as corn because of fear of contamination by Monsanto crops.

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9 comments to Organic farmers’ case against Monsanto thrown out

  • Penny

    It is some thing I have to find more information about, thanks for the blog post.

    • Rick, it does solve a problem. Only 10% of cevnontional Alfalfa is sprayed now because many of the cevnontional herbicides do more damage to the Alfalfa than the weeds do. With the crop safety of Roundup, many growers will now be able to spray their crop safely and effectively, and certainly raise higher tonnage and higher quality of Alfalfa. On West Coast, this is huge news.

    • Lisa,There is a huge difference bteween hybridization and genetic modification. Hybrids have been around for a many years and are controversial in some circles. But hybridized foods (such as seedless oranges) are in a totally different league than genetically modified foods. I wouldn’t (knowingly) touch a GMO.Thanks for the comment!Cherie

  • Olivia Myers

    Much informative and useful article… I like it personally…

    • March 26th, MILLIONS AGAINST MONSANTO rally, all over the world. Local rally at the capitol 12 to 3. Come support educating the public on the horrors of monsanto and the right to have a choice of gmo free food. Love!

  • Shera Dansie

    I’ll immediately grab your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service.Do you have any? Please let me know so that I could subscribe.Thanks

  • I’m so sick of people sticikng chemicals into water and food supplies and modifying mother nature’s perfectly designed plants and animals. I do not trust those people in the corporations as their only concern is the bottom line , every one else’s health, consequences to the planet be damned. Disgusts me greatly.

  • Vinha

    Climate change has been hapennipg since the creation of the Earth. The science on what causes these changes is far from unanimous or conclusive. The question is not whether climate change ( formally known by the politically toxic, now un-PC term, “global warming”) occurs, but whether it is man made, and can or should be stopped by government, by such ridiculous measures as toxic mercury lightbulbs replacing Thos. Edison’s magnificent invention, electric cars, and other such nonsense. One has to be extremely careful with politicizing science, or waging a political crusade based on “science” A tragic example of this is “Silent Spring”, by the leftist environmental activist/icon and political alarmist who used pseudo science and alarmist tactics to panic generations into banning the relatively benign pesticide DDT. Rachel Carson, in her “environmental” crusade is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of people from Malaria, the mosquito borne disease that was almost extinct before she messed with Mother Nature and common sense.

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