Tomorrow is a big day for family farmers who are trying to protect their farms, their crops, their organic certification, and their livelihood from Monsanto, the giant corporation whose genetically modified seeds and practices have been costing small farmers their organic licensing or in some cases, their entire business.
Contamination of seed through cross-pollination has somehow resulted in Monsanto being able to sue, and consequently put out of business, many small farmers for “genetic trespassing.”
I urge you to check out the post David Vs. Goliath over at In My Garden (Country Edition) for a great explanation of what evil Monsanto has been up to and how what they do hurts farmers, agriculture, and us.
Family farmers banned together and filed a lawsuit in March of 2011 seeking court protection for innocent family farmers who may become contaminated by Monsanto seed. Tomorrow they will have a chance to be heard.
Manhattan Judge Naomi Buchwald will hear oral arguments tomorrow morning on Monsanto’s motion to dismiss the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto. Judge Buchwald will decide whether or not organic farmers will get to see their day in court.
Live in NYC and interested in showing your support? You can head over to Foley Square tomorrow morning at 9:00am for a peaceful assembly outside the courthouse.
To read about a family who was sued by Monsanto after their farm crops were contaminated by Monsanto seed check out Nelson Farm.
It’s hard to believe sometimes that what Monsanto is doing can even be legal. It certainly isn’t right in my book. I’m hoping the judge will give small farms the chance they deserve tomorrow.