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Wednesday, June 01, 2011
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FARMERS AMPLIFY COMPLAINT AGAINST MONSANTO'S
GMOs, REINFORCING THEIR ARGUMENTS WITH TWO DOZEN ADDITIONAL PLAINTIFFS:
Monsanto's Failure to Provide Binding Legal Covenant to Protect Family
Farmers Threatened by GMO Contamination Necessitates Amended Complaint.
June 1, 2011 - New threats by
Monsanto have led to the filing of an amended
complaint by the Public
Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) in its suit on behalf of family farmers,
businesses, and organic agricultural organizations challenging
patents on genetically modified seed. Twenty-three
plaintiffs have joined with the original 60 in the amended complaint,
the total number represented in the case to 83.
The plaintiffs in the suit, titled Organic Seed Growers and Trade
(OSGATA), et al. v. Monsanto and pending in the Southern District of
now include 36 family farmer, food, agricultural research, food safety,
environmental organizations representing hundreds of thousands of
thousand certified organic, biodynamic, or otherwise non-transgenic
don’t want a fight with
Monsanto, they just want to be protected from the threat they will be
contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed and then
accused of patent
infringement,” said PUBPAT Executive Director Daniel B.
Monsanto to give our clients reassurance they wouldn’t do
thing, and in
chose instead to reiterate the same implicit threat to organic
in the past.”
Soon after the March
the lawsuit, Monsanto issued a statement saying they would not assert
patents against farmers who suffer “trace” amounts
In response, and in the hope the matter could be resolved out of court,
attorneys wrote Monsanto’s attorneys asking the company to
its promise legally
binding. Monsanto responded to PUBPAT’s request by hiring
general, Seth P. Waxman, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of
WilmerHale, who rejected PUBPAT’s request and instead
indeed make claims of patent infringement against organic farmers who
contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed. Copies
are available as exhibits at the end of the amended
letter was an empty, indefensible, and
self-evident evasion showing they
only interested in spinning propaganda without taking serious steps to
the problem created for organic and non-transgenic
said one of
the co-plaintiffs in the suit, Don Patterson of Virginia. “With
letter signed by Waxman, the company rolled out their biggest legal
they fired off only fluffy wadding and smoke,” as he views
shows Monsanto wanting to protect their freedom to threaten farmers
infringement suits,” he states; “Both the threats
lawsuits are clearly
important to their marketing strategy and business model.”
engaged in this case require a constructive and socially-acceptable
from the defendant in the public interest,” adds Maine farmer
President of OSGATA, the lead plaintiff in the suit. “In the
absence of that,
we reassert the essential importance of the arguments stated in March
reinforced now by the additional evidence of the Monsanto
Monsanto’s utter failure to act reasonably to address our
concerns has only
reaffirmed the need for our lawsuit.”
The amended Complaint
a fear tangibly vexing many family farmers: “Monsanto
statement to perversely characterize this suit as an
‘attack,’ when Plaintiffs
seek no money from and no injunction against them. All
Plaintiffs seek is peace of mind if they
contaminated by Monsanto’s transgenic seed, the company could
never sue them
for patent infringement. This is not an attack by the Plaintiffs and to
characterize it that way only further evidences Monsanto’s
threatening attitude with respect to its patents. Thus, the statement
Monsanto in response to this suit has only served to heighten
that Monsanto will seek to enforce its patents against them should they
contaminated by Monsanto’s transgenic seed.”
In addition to
complaint with Monsanto’s most recent clarifying statement
threat to the plaintiffs and GMO-free agriculture, the new group of 23
farms and individual farmers includes fourteen organizations: Weston A.
Foundation, Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides, Northeast
Farming Association of Rhode Island, Northeast Organic Farming
New Hampshire, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut,
Organic Farming Association of New York, Western Organic Dairy
Alliance, Manitoba Organic Alliance, Michael Fields Agricultural
(Wisconsin), Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, Florida Organic
Peace River Organic Producers Association (Alberta and British
Union Paysanne (Quebec); two seed companies: Seed We Need (Montana),
Garden Seed (Oregon); and seven farms or individual farmers: Common
LLC (Nebraska), American Buffalo Company (Nebraska), Full Moon Farm,
(Vermont), Radiance Dairy (Iowa), Brian L. Wickert (Wisconsin), Bruce
(Wisconsin), and Murray Bast (Ontario).
plaintiffs join the 60 plaintiffs from the
original filing of the lawsuit in March including twenty-two
Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association; Organic Crop Improvement
Association International, Inc. (OCIA); OCIA Research and Education,
Cornucopia Institute; Demeter Association, Inc.; Navdanya
Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; Northeast Organic Farming
Association/Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.; Northeast Organic Farming
of Vermont; Rural Vermont; Ohio Ecological Food & Farm
Southeast Iowa Organic Association; Northern Plains Sustainable
Society; Mendocino Organic Network (California); Northeast Organic
Producers Alliance; Canadian Organic Growers; Family Farmer Seed
Sustainable Living Systems (Montana); Global Organic Alliance; Food
Now!; Family Farm Defenders, Inc.; Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund;
seed companies: FEDCO Seeds, Inc. (Maine); Adaptive Seeds, LLC
True Seed (North Carolina); Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (Virginia);
Sprouting Seeds (Saskatchewan); Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., LLC
Comstock, Ferre & Co. LLC (Connecticut); Seedkeepers, LLC
Siskiyou Seeds (Oregon); Countryside Organics (Virginia); Cuatro
Mexico); Interlake Forage Seeds, Ltd. (Manitoba); and, twenty-six farms
farmers: Alba Ranch (Kansas); Wild Plum Farm (Montana); Gratitude
(Washington); Richard Everett Farm, LLC (Nebraska); Philadelphia
Farm, Inc. (Wisconsin); Genesis Farm (New Jersey); Chispas Farms, LLC
Mexico); Kirschenmann Family Farms, Inc. (North Dakota); Midheaven
(Minnesota); Koskan Farms (South Dakota); California Cloverleaf Farms;
Outback Farm (North Dakota); Taylor Farms, Inc. (Utah); Jardin del Alma
Mexico); Ron Gargasz Organic Farms (Pennsylvania); Abundant Acres
& D Willey Farms (California); Quinella Ranch (Saskatchewan);
Farm, Ltd. (Alberta); Levke and Peter Eggers Farm (Alberta); Frey
Ltd. (California); Bryce Stephens (Kansas); Chuck Noble (South Dakota);
Pepper (Texas); Paul Romero (New Mexico); and, Donald Wright Patterson,
raised in the
lawsuit are critical, not just to organic farmers and others who do not
grow genetically-modified (transgenic) crops,” Gerritsen
but “also to the
safety of food and everyone who eats—and that includes
environmental protection and public health.” As Gerritsen
“This is not just a minor dispute between a few family
and a powerful
corporation accustomed to getting its own way; it is a debate over who
the best and most responsible way to feed the people of the world over
decades and centuries ahead.” Monsanto offers an expedient
enormous long-term risks and consequences for public health and
degradation, he says; “This, we intend to prove in
“The USDA, the
White House, and
the Congress have evaded responsibility to protect the public from the
potential and unstudied dangers of transgenic food, not even requiring
long-term, independent testing nor the clear GMO labeling long-demanded
overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens,” states Bryce
farmer, who is OSGATA’s vice-president. “President
said he wanted to see
mandatory GMO labeling during his 2008 presidential campaign, but he
provided it,” Stephens reminds us. “We need someone
in the public’s
defense if our officials will not,” he says, and that is part
for Stephens’s decision to join the case as an individual
his participation in plaintiff organizations.
GMO crops were first given the green light
to enter the market in 1992 by the Bush-Quayle administration, they
declared ‘Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)’
internal industry studies and industry-sponsored research done under
controlling company contract,” Stephens states.
long-term dangers and only minimally and briefly-studied risks, this
reprehensibly irresponsible, and the government has not shown any more
over the years since 1992,” Stephens charges. “With
consequences of GMO food yet to be understood and in the absence of
studies, we have all been involuntarily co-opted into a giant biotech
experiment,” he concludes; “Our citizens and the
the world deserve
better than that.”
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Crispy Rosemary Potato Chips
by Angela Wotton
Rosemary Potato Chips
1/2 c vegetable oil
tsp chopped fresh rosemary
salt and freshly ground
a medium saucepan fitted with
a candy thermometer, heat
oil to 325F. Using a mandoline, slice potatoes widthwise into
batches, fry potatoes heated
in oil, 1 to 2 minutes,
making sure not to overcrowd pan. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a
paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
still hot, sprinkle each
batch with rosemary and salt
and pepper to taste.
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Wood Prairie Organic Community.
Here are some such highlights since our last Seed Piece that you won't
want to miss. Jim & Megan.
Video - Unloading Truckload of Organic Fertilizer in the rain.
Organic Can Feed the World
article on the issues involved in the lawsuit challenging Monsanto's
patents by Frank Barrie of Knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom.com
long list of seed companies bought out by Monsanto.
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Keep up the good
work. The lawsuit against Monsanto should be tried up there among Maine
By the way, your seed potatoes grew -
every one of
them. We are routinely getting 20lbs of potatoes per seedling. What is
producing this remarkable crop is unclear, but it is happening. This is
the best year for home gardening that I have seen in the last 40 years.
Thanks a million.
are quite the Texas
yields! Glad our seed is working well for you. Jim.
you Megan. I'm so excited to get the potatoes. We've been looking for a
farm for TWO YEARS and just finally found one. That's why we're so late
Thank you both for all you do. You're in my prayers and I know you will
win the case against Monsanto.
glad that you've found
your farm. now the fun begins! Thanks for your words of support. We're
all in this together and we are grateful you are behind us.
job!!!! Filing suit against Monsanto!! Keep it up & let us know
results. Thank you,
are prepared for this
lawsuit to be a drawnout fight. We promise to keep you informed and
connected by using :
1) Our Seed Piece Newsletter
2) Our Facebook
3) The Red Button News Link named 'Organic Lawsuit Against Monsanto'
and located on the top navigation bar of our website (http://www.woodprairie.com/wpf_news)
Thanks for the support.
Jim & Megan.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm