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To what extent must organic farmers and growers go to in order to protect their businesses? If a farmer chooses to grow organically and is contaminated by the GMO technology, they may be sued for the contamination as a patent infringement. Is there anything they can do?
The large group of 83 Plaintiffs in OSGATA v. Monsanto is comprised of individual family farmers, independent seed companies and agricultural organizations. The total number of members within the plaintiff group exceeds 300,000 and includes many thousands of certified organic farmers. The Plaintiffs are not seeking any monetary compensation. Instead, the farmers are pre-emptively suing Monsanto and seeking court protection under the Declaratory Judgment Act, from Monsanto-initiated patent infringement lawsuits
Jim Gerritsen, Maine organic seed farmer and President of lead Plaintiff, Organic Seed Growers And Trade Association said, "our lawyer did a good job explaining the current injustice farmers face. We have a right to be secure on our farms and to be free from Monsanto's GMO trespass. If we become contaminated by Monsanto, not only is the value of our organic seed crop extinguished but we could also be sued by Monsanto for patent infringement because their contamination results in our 'possession' of their GMO technology. We have farmers who have stopped growing organic corn, organic canola and organic soybeans because they can't risk being sued by Monsanto. It's not fair and it's not right. Family farmers need justice and we deserve the protection of the court."
Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by special guest, Jim Gerritsen, to discuss this very important case.
Dale Carnegie once said, "most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all."
On March 28, 2012, in Federal District Court in Manhattan, family farmers filed their Notice of Appeal to Judge Naomi Buchwald's February 24th ruling dismissing Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear the farmers' appeal, seeking to reinstate the case, which has received worldwide attention. The farmers are determined to move forward with their lawsuit challenging Monsanto's patents on genetically engineered seed technologies in order to continue their pursuit of Declaratory Judgment Act court protection from Monsanto's claims of patent infringement should their crops become contaminated by Monsanto's seed.
The large group of 83 Plaintiffs in OSGATA v. Monsanto is comprised of individual family farmers, independent seed companies and agricultural organizations. The total number of members within the plaintiff group exceeds 300,000 and includes many thousands of certified organic farmers. The Plaintiffs are not seeking any monetary compensation. Instead, the farmers are pre-emptively suing Monsanto and seeking court protection under the Declaratory Judgment Act, from Monsanto-initiated patent infringement lawsuits.
Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by special guest, Jim Gerritsen, Maine organic seed farmer and President of lead Plaintiff, Organic Seed Growers And Trade Association to discuss the plight of these organic farmers who are determined to defend the right to grow food. Stay tuned!
On September 5th, the Ortanic Seed Growers and Trad Association (OSGATA) asked the US Supreme Court to hear their case against Monsanto. The petition is challenging the cemical and biotech seed company patents on genetically engenierred seed. OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen joins the program to discuss this landmark case, which is questioning the validity of Monsanto's seed patents. Gerritsen, who farms organically in northern Maine with his wife Megan, gives an informative and enlightening interview on the merits of this case, which also aims to protect farmers from liability if Monsanto's products invade their farmland. For more information on this suit before the court, go to http://www.osgata.org/
ENVISION THIS..a large group of farmers and citizens concerned that Monsanto's strongarm tactics, designed to dominate the seed market with genetically modified seeds, represents a very real threat to organic agriculture.
Our guest is Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm in northern Maine and president of the national trade group Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, which is lead plaintiff in OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, the landmark community lawsuit which seeks court protection for family farmers and challenges the validity of Monsanto's GMO seed patents.
Jim and his wife and co-farmer, Megan, write at their website, http://www.woodprairie.com: “We are a small Certified Organic family farm in the State of Maine that markets our products, and those of a number of other Certified Organic farmers that we know and trust, directly to our customers through our print catalog and this webstore. Our modest scale allows us to focus on producing high quality organic goods for you and your family. We tend to your needs with great care. We know that its your business and goodwill that keeps us in business and for that we are grateful. So let us be part of your kitchen and your garden, by supplying you with good food and good seed.” They seek to protect small family farms such as theirs that are endangered by Monsanto in order to ensure a sustainable, resilient, and equitable supply of food in the future.
Hear more of this modern David and Goliath story and get to ask questions of Jim, a true modern day hero on ENVISION THIS!, Wednesday Evening, Se[tember 5 at 8 PM. You can also email questions in advance for us to ask on your behalf to email@example.com.
Jim Gerritsen is an organic farmer and the President of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA)
Jim Gerritsen is on Utne Reader's list of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World" published in the November/December issue on newstands now.
The OSGATA created a stir in food and farming communities when, with legal backing from the Public Patent Foundation, it filed a lawsuit in March against the chemical and biotechnology giant Monsanto. OSGATA has since been joined in the lawsuit by 82 other seed businesses, trade organizations and family farmers, which together represent more than 270,000 people.
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