Canadian Farmers Challenge Monsanto

I am no fan of Monsanto. In fact, I think it’s safe to say I actually hate the company and the massive destruction they cause the world over. I wanted to forward to you some information about the Canadian Organic Growers and what they are doing to take on Monsanto. Please get involved if you value healthy, NATURAL food because when Monsanto gets its way, food is no longer “natural” and that’s a scary reality.

Canadian Organic Growers (COG), Canada’s largest organic farming organization has joined 59 other farming associations, seed companies and farmers in a legal action against Monsanto to challenge the chemical giant’s patents on transgenic (genetically modified) seed.

In a law suit filed Tuesday, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), a Manhattan-based public interest law association, asks the court to consider whether Monsanto has the right to sue farmers for patent infringement if Monsanto’s genetically modified seed lands on their farm. Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT’s Executive Director, said “It seems quite perverse that an organic farmer whose land is contaminated by transgenic seed could be accused of patent infringement, but Monsanto has made such accusations before and is notorious for having sued hundreds of farmers for patent infringement, so we had to act to protect the interests of our clients.”

One of the goals of the suit is to demonstrate that the biotechnology patents issued to Monsanto, the manufacturer of DDT, Agent Orange, PCBs and a host of other toxins, are not in the public interest. In 1817, U.S. Justice Story wrote that to be patentable, an invention must not be “injurious to the well-being, good policy, or sound morals of society,” and “a new invention to poison people … is not a patentable invention.”

COG member and organic farmer Arnold Taylor said “I’m thrilled that Canadian Organic Growers and other farm organizations are not afraid to stand up to the most dominant chemical company on the planet to defend the rights of farmers. Genetically modified seeds threaten the diversity of our seed supply, farmers’ rights to save seed and jeopardize the livelihoods of farmers who could lose access to international markets.”

According to Laura Telford, National Director of Canadian Organic Growers, “Organic standards place the responsibility to produce crops free of genetic contamination on the shoulders of organic farmers. Farmers are required to take appropriate measures to ensure that their crops are not subject to contamination from neighbouring fields. With the proliferation of patents for new transgenic crops from Monsanto, including most recently, a patent for Roundup Ready herbicide tolerant alfalfa, farmers’ ability to grow organic crops is becoming increasingly difficult”.

The full legal complaint is available at:

www.pubpat.org/assets/files/seed/OSGATA-v-Monsanto-Complaint.pdf

For more information, contact:

Laura Telford

National Director

Canadian Organic Growers

613 216-0742

613 298-8848 (cell)

laura@cog.ca www.cog.ca

5 Responses to Canadian Farmers Challenge Monsanto

  1. OUR Ecovillage Mon, April 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Way to go! I can hardly believe that Monsanto could get away with suing organic farmers for patent enfringement in the first place… The fact that this lawsuit is going forward has potential to create worldwide precedent.

    All the best!
    Lisa
    OUR Communications Maven

  2. David Sat, April 16, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    Fantastic!! I’m glad to hear this news. i have hear some of the stories of farmers getting screwed by Monsanto, I only hope common sent prevail Monsanto has VERY deep pocket, and laws seem to protect the rich,

  3. Peter Mon, April 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Glad to hear more people stepping up against this massive criminal chemical company who is depleting our soils, seeds and food. This insanity needs to stop !

  4. Belle Mare Farm Wed, April 20, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    Cudos for keeping folks informed and demonstrating how connected we all are through our actions and our intentions! Look forward to working with you.

  5. Andrew Morrison Wed, April 20, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    You’re welcome. See you in Brownsville!

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