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Nation of Change “Monsanto’s Roundup Threatens Stability of Global Food Supply” Research from Journal ‘Current Microbiology’

Explosive MUST read research published in the journal Current Microbiology reveals the destructive effect on crucial soil microorganisms of Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide – used extensively in transgenic/GMO ag as the joined-at the-hip partner to herbicide-resistant ‘Roundup Ready’ crops like corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and now alfalfa. “Based on an ever-increasing body of scientific evidence showing glyphosate biodegrades slowly, sinks down through the topsoil where it accumulates in the groundwater (source for drinking water, e.g. aquifers, springs) and is found in nearly all air and rain samples in the U.S…” Jim

Nation of Change “Monsanto’s Roundup Threatens Stability of Global Food Supply” Research from Journal ‘Current Microbiology’

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Natural News “Support the more than 300,000 organic farmers who lost their court battle to Monsanto – sign the heartfelt petition to OSGATA today!” Includes Links to Two Petitions.

 

Good article on the OSGATA v. Monsanto lawsuit from Natural News includes links to two petitions which folks can sign to support our family farmers challenging Monsanto’s transgenic/GMO patents. “And as an expression of unified solidarity for the cause of food sovereignty, Jack Weber from Wake Up World has created a hopeful petition letter to the farmers that conveys support and appreciation for their work, and encourages them not to give up – and he is asking everyone who appreciates clean, organic food to show their support by signing it.” Jim & Megan

Natural News “Support the more than 300,000 organic farmers who lost their court battle to Monsanto – sign the heartfelt petition to OSGATA today!” Includes Links to Two Petitions.

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Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, Natural Resources Law “Challenging the GMO Giants: OSGATA v. Monsanto Co.” Concise Footnoted History

Astute, concise and well-footnoted history of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn et al v. Monsanto, the organic community lawsuit seeking court protection for family farmers and challenging Monsanto’s transgenic/GMO patents. “The OSGATA plaintiffs, who are mostly organic farmers, should be able to satisfy the relevant criteria for maintaining a regulatory judgement action….The fact that the plaintiffs have taken steps to prevent contamination in order to prevent a Monsanto-initiated lawsuit should do nothing to inhibit their cause of action.”

Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, Natural Resources Law “Challenging the GMO Giants: OSGATA v. Monsanto Co.” Concise Footnoted History.

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MPBN “Monsanto Lawsuit” Nine MInute Interview of JIm Gerritsen begins (16:25)

Maine Public television has posted last night’s ‘Maine Watch’ program (26:26) in their archives. The nine minute interview about the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn el al v. Monsanto lawsuit with Jim begins at minute 16:25. Monsanto has brought 144 lawsuits against farmers for patent infringement. Another 700 farmers settled out of court rather than face Monsanto’s litigious actions. American farmers do not believe Monsanto. Jim & Megan

MPBN “Monsanto Lawsuit” Nine MInute Interview of JIm Gerritsen begins (16:25)

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Organic Research and Documents

OSGATA. Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing. 

Rapeseed rotation, compost and biocontrol amendments reduce soilborne diseases and increase tuber yield in organic
and conventional potato production systems

NDSU: Carrington Research Extension Center. Organic Potato Seed Source Trial 2008 and 2009. 

NDSU: Carrington Research Extension Center. Organic Potato Seed Source Trial 2010.

Breaking News.VT House Ag Committee Passes GMO Labeling Bill 9-1-1. Passed Early Afternoon Friday 04/20/12. (04/20/12)

Wood Prairie Farm. Northeast Potato Technology Forum Scientific Program 2012 Potato Cropping Systems Powerpoint 

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PR Watch “Rampant GMO Contamination Unchecked by Judge” Background on Farmer Threat

Valuable article discusses the broader implications of the organic community OSGATA v. Monsanto lawsuit. “Monsanto’s corporate website admits that since 1997 they have filed suit against farmers 145 times in the United States. But in 1999 the Washington Post reported that Monsanto already had more than 525 cases pending or unsettled against farmers in the United States or Canada for patent infringement. The total number now is unknown, but a 2005 CFS report reviewed evidence suggesting the numbers reach into the thousands.” You will want to read this one. Jim

PR Watch “Rampant GMO Contamination Unchecked by Judge” Background on Farmer Threat

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The Rock River “To Your Health!: Small farmers, beware of Big Government” Background on Farmer Threat

Here is a good background article on Vernon Hershberger, the Wisconsin dairy farmer who is potentially facing jail time and fines of being pursued by Wisconsin officials for selling raw milk to members of a buying club. “There is one member of Congress who is questioning the role of the FDA after a spate of raids from coast to coast. Small farm and raw milk advocates have support from U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine…” Chellie is considering running for Maine Senator Olympia Snowe’s seat now that Olympia has decided to retire. Chellie is the best. Jim & Megan

The Rock River “To Your Health!: Small farmers, beware of Big Government” Background on Farmer Threat

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Raw Milk Freedom Riders “Wisconsin Claims Bail Violations – Could Arrest Peaceful Farmer” Update on Vernon Hershberger.

 

Update on Vernon. Please join us and show your support for this American hero by ‘Liking’ this post. “Currently out on bail, Hershberger has disavowed the terms, which called for him to refrain from providing his members with food, or involving others’ in doing his farming, by telling the judge, ‘If our farm stopped feeding its’ owner families, there will be literally hundreds of children who will suffer malnutrition and even starvation. Your honor, I would much rather spend the rest of my life behind bars or even die than to be found guilty of such a gross sin before the Almighty God.'”

Raw Milk Freedom Riders “Wisconsin Claims Bail Violations – Could Arrest Peaceful Farmer” Update on Vernon Hershberger.

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Wake Up World “Heartfelt Letter to the Farmers, Seed Growers and Farm Groups Whose Court Battle Was Dismissed Against Monsanto” Letter of Support From Australia

A wonderful letter from supporters of OSGATA v. Monsanto in Australia has been turned into a petition by Change.Org. “We read of your case being thrown out by judge Naomi Buchwald. We know the system is broken. and we know you are trying, however desperately, to stitch a portion of democracy and justice back together again.” Please ‘Like’ and sign and circulate the petition widely. We have been monitoring and logging media reports since this lawsuit was filed one year ago. We have received coverage and correspondence from around the world and we know that millions are following our efforts. We are farmers. We feed the people. We do not give up. Jim & Megan

Wake Up World “Heartfelt Letter to the Farmers, Seed Growers and Farm Groups Whose Court Battle Was Dismissed Against Monsanto” Letter of Support From Australia

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Food Safety News “Monsanto Is a Lobbying Powerhouse” List of Contracted Lobbying Firms

‎”From an upper floor of a building just a couple blocks northeast of the White House, Monsanto runs a well-greased lobbying shop. At a cost of $1.21 million last quarter, the effort is not lacking in people power for its work in the nation’s capitol.” Before Citizen’s United, there was the traditional route of gaining preferential treatment in government. This article lists Washington lobbying firms working under contract to Monsanto. Lobbying activities exposed are lobbying activities weakened. Jim

Food Safety News “Monsanto Is a Lobbying Powerhouse” List of Contracted Lobbying Firms