Family Farmers Get Their Day In Court Against Monsanto

On January 31st, American family farmers will fight for their right to grow organic crops without fear of genetic trespassing against Monsanto. (Image credit: Food Democracy Now!)

Voices, voices, voices, many more voices are being raised and family farmers are at the forefront of being heard by the courts about how Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds are polluting the organic and non-gmo seeds.

Farmers used to build their own seed stores to use on their farms and they shared these feed stores with other farmers, now these are being contaminated.

We need to have our food labeled if it contains genetically modified ingredients, but, across the world it has been shown that when people know that their food contains genetically modified ingredients they will not buy it. That’s why some countries will not accept Monsanto’s seeds. We have the right to know and we can all support our farmers who want to have the right to raise non-GMO and organic food for us to eat.

Here is the information and the link to the original article:

By Leah Baines

On January 31st, family farmers will begin the first stage of a court case filed against agro-business powerhouse, Monsanto. The goal of the case, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) vs. Monsanto, is to protect the 300,000 organic and non-GMO American farmers from the genetic trespass of Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds, which contaminate organic crops and often leave farmers vulnerable to harmful patent infringement lawsuits.

Monsanto currently controls the genetics of nearly 90 percent of 5 major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets. Many farmers who do not use Monsanto seeds have had to stop growing their own crops in order to avoid genetic contamination from those used in fields nearby. According to OSGATA, Monsanto has “created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.”

Food Democracy Now!, an organization working towards building a sustainable food system, says that Monsanto has filed 144 lawsuits against farmers, and settled out of court for undisclosed amounts of money for an additional 700 cases. These lawsuits leave farmers broke and unable to afford the legal costs associated with fighting Monsanto for something beyond their control in the first place.

Click here to learn how you can support these farmers. If you live New York City, you can attend OSGATA’s Citizen’s Assembly on the day of the trial to show farmers that you care about their right to grow crops without fear and the threat of injustice.

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