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Lexology “Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association v. Monsanto Co.” Compares Canadian & American Law.

Food Integrity Now. Breaking News: OSGATA v. Monsanto Case Filed With Supreme Court. Audio Interview (26:09) with Jim Gerritsen. (09/05/13)

Food First. What’s for Dinner? Jim Gerritsen speaking about OSGATA v. Monsanto Appeal prior to Jan 10, 2013 court date. OSGATA President Audio Interview (30:00) by Susan Youmans. (01/09/13)

Facebook. Holli Cederholm, organic farmer and General Manager of OSGATA. OSGATA General Manager Holli Cederholm Video (1:44) (01/12/13)

Facebook. Dan Ravicher addresses the citizens assembly in D.C. Lawyer Dan Ravisher Video (5:06) at Citizen’s Assembly. (01/12/13)

Pen Bay Pilot. Small farmer optimistic in battle with biotech giant Monsanto. Jan 10 Court of Appeals OA. (1/11/12)

Sow True Seeds. Video From The Frontlines OSGATA et al v. Monsanto. Video (4:43) on Washington DC Citizen’s Assembly. (01/15/13)

OSGATA. Plaintiff-Farmers Travel to DC to Attend OSGATA et. al. v. Monsanto Oral Argument. OSGATA Report on OVM OA. (01/22/13)

Common Dreams. Farmers Rally at White House to Protest Monsanto’s GMO Empire. Jan 10 Oral Argument. (01/11/13)

Bangor Daily News. Farmers present case gainst Monasnto in D.C. US Court of appeals Oral Argument Jan 10. (01/11/13)

FSRN. Farmers challenge Monsanto in federal court over GMO seeds, seek legal protection. Report of Jan 10 Oral Argument. (01/10/13)

PenBay  Pilot. ‘It’s important’. Tribute to Russell Libby (01/18/13)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Audio (38:32) Recording of 1/10/13 OVM Oral Argument. (1/10/13) Jim Gerritsen” 6 :19 min. Video of Jim Speaking Outside Oral Argument. (01/11/13)

Al Jazeera. Monsanto versus the people. (01/14/13)

AG Professional. Court sets date for hearing of lawsuit against Monsanto. Farmers to Assemble in Washington DC. (11/27/12)

Valley Advocate. Patently Problematic. Massachusetts View on OVM. (08/17/12)

WERU. Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto. Interview with Jim Gerritsen. (07/19/12)

Wood Prairie Farm. A Petition to Support Organic Family Farmers. Petition & 1143 Comments. (05/31/12)

Gourmet. Seeds of Discontent. Gourmet Coverage of OSGATA et al v. Monsanto. (04/25/12)

Natural News. Farmers defend their right to grow food: Appeal filed in family farmers vs. Monsanto case. Update on Appeal. (04/19/12)

Blog Talk Radio. Jim Gerritsen – Organic Farmers Appeal OSGATA VS Monsanto. Audio Interview (56:25) by Host June Stoyer. (04/11/12)

Food and Drink Digital. Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont for GMO Labeling Bill. Connection With OSGATA v. Monsanto. (04/09/12)

Bangor Daily News. Maine farmer leads organic growers’ continued fight against Monsanto. Maine’s Largest Newspaper. (03/29/12)

Huffington Post. Monsanto Lawsuit: Organic Farmers Appeal U.S. District Court Decision. Coverage by Carey Gillam.  (03/28/12)

Reuters. Update 1-US Organic Growers Appeal Lawsuit Against Monsanto. International Coverage. (03/28/12)

Portland Press Herald. Organic farmers appeal decision in Monsanto lawsuit. Maine Coverage. (03/28/12)

National Catholic Reporter. Farmers, Protestors Struggle Against GMO Giant Monsanto. Good Article Provides Perspective on Movement Resisting Monsanto.(03/16/12)

PUBPAT. OSGATA v. Monsanto: Protecting Farmers From Seed Patents. Lawsuit portion of MPBN television interview (9:28). (03/12/12)

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. (03/05/12) The Hidden Email the White House hopes to Keep Under Wraps White House / Biotech Ties At Issue. (03/06/12)

Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, Natural Resources Law. “Challenging the GMO Giants: OSGATA v. Monsanto Co.” Concise Footnoted History. (03/10/12)

MPBN. “Monsanto Lawsuit” Nine MInute interview of Jim Gerritsen begins (16:25). (03/08/12)

PR Watch. “Rampant GMO Contamination Unchecked by Judge” Background on Farmer Threat. (03/05/12)

Wake Up World. “Heartfelt Letter to the Farmres, Seed Growers and Farm Groups Whose Court Battle Was Dismissed Against Monsanto” Letter of Support from Australia. (02/29/12)

Portland Press Herald. “Organic farmers lament dismissal of lawsuit” Article on MTD Ruling. (02/29/12)

Wood Prairie Farm Seed Piece. “Judge Sides With Monsanto: Ridicules Farmers’ Right to Grow Food Without Fear, Contamination and Economic Harm.” Judge’s Ruling of 2/24/12.

Includes Video (3:57) of Foley Square. Huffington Post. WATCH: Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto, Hundreds Converge in Support. (2/23/12)

Archived Interview (23:00) begins at 11:48AM. WZBC. ‘Sounds of Dissent’ WZBC Radio Interview OSGATA v. Monsanto. (2/18/12)

Coverage of NYC Jan 31, 2012. Food Democracy Now. FDN Video (3:04) I Stand With Farmers Vs. Monsanto. (02/17/12)

Good explanation of “inadvertent means” argument. Los Angeles Times. Organic farmers take on Monsanto over patent lawsuits. (02/17/12)

Host June Stoyer interviews Jim Gerritsen. Blog Talk Radio. Jim Gerritsen – The Significance of SOGATA v. Monsanto. (02/16/12)


Grist. Farmers advance in their suit against Monsanto. Grist Article on Oral Argument. (02/10/12)


Fresh Perspective on OSGATA v. Monsanto. CSRWire. Organic Farmers Fight For Survival Against Monsanto. (02/08/12)

NY Times on OSGATA v. Monsanto. NY Times. Modified Crops Tap a Wellspring of Protest. (02/07/12)

OSGATA v. Monsanto. Interview with Three Plaintiffs. WBAI. WBAI Archives For Occupy Wall Street Radio. (02/01/12)

Farm Aid Feature. Farm Aid. Jim Gerritsen – Farm Aid. (01/31/12)

Events of January 31, 2012. YouTube. Video Report from NYC: Farmers v. Monsanto. (01/31/12)

Verbatim transcript of Jan 31, 2012 Oral Argument, OSGATA v. Monsanto (PDF | TXT)

India claims theft of public resource. Monsanto to face biopriacy charges in India. (01/09/12)
Excellent Audio Interview with our OSGATA v. Monsanto Lawyer. Daniel Ravicher (ALL-NEW). (01/08/12)
Mark Bittman Mentions OSGATA v. Monsanto. The New York Times. Mostly (But Not Entirely) Depressing Food Links. (12/09/11)
Good background on OSGATA v. Monsanto. The Fine Print. Where the GMOs Grow. (12/18/11)
Manic Gardener Podcast (56:47) #1 Background OSGATA v. Monsanto. The Manic Gardener. Upcoming podcast: Organics v. Monsanto. (12/16/11)
Podcast interview with Jim Gerritsen, OSGATA President. Ecotopia. Ecotopia #168: OSGATA v. Monsanto. (12/13/11)
Interview with OSGATA President about OSGATA v. Monsanto. Food Integrity Now. Jim Gerritsen, President of OSGATA sues Monsanto – E62.  (12/06/11)
Coverage of OSGATA v. Monsanto. The Portland Phoenix. Seeds of Evil. (11/23/11)
Maine Coverage of Lawsuit Against Monsanto. Portland Press Herald. Natural Foodie: Maine farmer heads group challenging genetics giant. (11/9/11)
Two Pertinent CBS News Videos about GMOs. PubPat. Monsanto Seed Patents.

Farmers to Monsanto: Save our seeds. Crosscut. 8/29/11

Farmers Respond to MTD. Food Freedom. 8/25/11

Major Utne Reader Article on Lawsuit. Utne Reader. 7/18/2011

New Details on Lawsuit. Nature News Blog. Organic farmers expand lawsuit against Monsanto. 06/03/11

Beyond Pesticides Post. Beyond Pesticides. Groups Join Lawsuit to Protect Against Monsanto’s GE Patents. 06/02/11

GMO Journal Article. GMO Journal. More Organic Growers Join the Suit Against Monsanto. 06/04/11

Excellent Article on Lawsuit. A Band of 60 Davids Challenges Monsanto, the Goliath, in Federal Court. 05/27/11

International Perspective.International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. Organic Farmers Take Monsanto to Court. 

Thoughtful article.Grist. Reversing roles, farmers sue Monsanto over GMO seeds.03/31/11

More In-Depth Article. Huffington Post. Organic Farm Groups Sue Monsanto.03/31/11

New Engalnd Vantage. American Agriculturalist. Vermont, Massachusetts Groups Join ‘Sue Monsanto’ Crowd. 03/31/11

Lawsuit Article. Green Answers. Organic Farmers Sue Agricultural Giant Monsanto.03/31/11

Fast Article. Fast Company. Genetically Modified Showdown: Monsanto Sued By Organic Farmers. 03/31/11

North Dakota Vatage. Brief. INFORUM. Monsanto targeted by ‘preemptive’ lawsuit. 03/31/11

Brief. Includes Monsanto Response. Food Navigator USA. Organic farm groups file legal challenge against Monsanto. 03/31/11

Brief brief. Democracy Now. Organic Farmers, Dealers Sue Agri-Giant Monsanto over Patents. 03/31/11

St. Louis Vantage. St. Louis Today. Lawsuit challenges Monsanto patents on seed traits. 03/31/11

Canandian Vantage. Witless Monsanto Quotes. Leader Post. Organic grower suing Monsanto. 03/31/11

Audio Interview. Free Speech Radio News. Headlines for Wednesday, March 30, 2011. 03/30/11 

Includes Good Background. Change.Org. Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto Over Genetically Modified Seeds. 03/30/11

Includes Good Link. Intellectual Property Watch. US Farmers Sue Monsanto Over GMO Patents, Demand Right To Conventional Crops. 03/30/11

Family Farm Defenders Vantage. WisBusiness. Famiy Farm Defenders: Joins sixty others in filing suit against Monsanto’s patent. 03/30/11

Surrogate Monsanto Position. Hay & Forage Grower. Monsanto Responds To Organics Lawsuit. 03/30/11

Breif brief. Interesting Comments. Techdirt. Monsanto Sued By Organic Farmers Who Don’t Want To Be Accused Of Patent Infringement. 03/30/11

Good Background. Eat Drink Better. Organic Farm Group Sues Monsanto, Seeking Protection From GMO Contamination. 03/30/11

Includes Percy Schmeiser Content. The Atlantic. Fighting Fire With Fire, Farmers Sue Monsanto. 03/30/11

Briefest brief. St. Louis Business Journal. Farmers, seed firms sue Monsanto.03/30/11

Massachusetts Vantage. Mass High Tech. Mass. farming group hits Monsanto with lawsuit. 03/30/11

Friendly Perspective. Slashfood. Group Challenges Monsanto’s Patent on Genetically Modified Seeds. 03/30/11

Ohio Vantage. Farm and Dairy. Just in: OEFFA, organic orgs file suit against Monsanto, company braced to defend. 03/30/11

Snipets & References to Reuters. Creative Loafing. Organic farmers seek government protection from Monsanto. 03/30/11

Early Article. Bloomberg. Monsanto Sued by Organic Farmers Over Modified-Seed Patents. 03/29/11

One of the Earliest Reports. Reuters. Organic farmers sue, seek protection from Monsanto. 03/29/11

North Carolina View. Mountain Xpress. Local seed company joins lawsuit against Monsanto re: genetically modified seed. 03/29/11

Direct Monsanto Position. Monsanto. PUBPAT Allegations Are False, Misleading and Deceptive. 03/29/11

Oakhurst Dairy.Portland Press Herald.  Monsanto’s Vision of Biotech. 12/16/03

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Update. Organic Family Farmers Defend Their Right to Protect Themselves From Monsanto Patents.

NEW YORK – August 11, 2011 – The eighty-three family farmers, small and family owned seed businesses, and agricultural organizations challenging Monsanto’s patents on genetically modified seed filed papers in federal court today defending their right to seek legal protection from the threat of being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement should they ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed.  The Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) represents the plaintiffs in the suit, titled Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA), et al. v. Monsanto and pending in the Southern District of New York.  Today’s filings respond to a motion filed by Monsanto in mid-July to have the case dismissed.

     “Rather than give a straight forward answer on whether they would sue our clients for patent infringement if they are ever contaminated by Monsanto’s transgenic seed, Monsanto has instead chosen to try to deny our clients the right to receive legal protection from the courts,” said Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT’s Executive Director.  “Today’s filings include sworn statements by several of the plaintiffs themselves explaining to the court how the risk of contamination by transgenic seed is real and why they cannot trust Monsanto to not use an occurrence of contamination as a basis to accuse them of patent infringement.”

     The legal brief filed by our lawyer asserts, “This case is about real farmers and real seed businesses who wish to use and distribute organic and conventional seed, but who are at substantial immediate risk of being contaminated by Monsanto’s transgenic seed and then sued by Monsanto for patent infringement. It is no mere policy disagreement seeking an advisory opinion on hypothetical facts. Monsanto has undertaken one of the most aggressive patent assertion campaigns in history, including asserting its patents on transgenic seed against parties who, like Plaintiffs, never wanted to use or distribute such seed. As a result, each of the Plaintiffs is under constant fear of being contaminated by Monsanto’s transgenic seed and then sued by Monsanto for patent infringement. This fear is so severe for some of the Plaintiffs that they are completely forgoing growing certain crops that they easily could grow and would like to grow…      
     “Viewing all the circumstances in this case in the light of the purpose of the Declaratory Judgment Act shows that Plaintiffs indeed have standing and that Defendants’ motion lacks merit. Monsanto could easily make this case disappear by providing Plaintiffs a simple covenant not to sue. It would take no more than a single sentence on a single piece of paper and a single stroke of the pen. Monsanto’s failure to do so speaks louder than any stack of papers ever could. As such, Plaintiffs respectfully request that Monsanto’s motion be denied.”      Plaintiffs Bryce Stephens, who farms in Kansas, Frederick Kirschenmann, who farms in North Dakota, C.R. Lawn, who is founder and co-owner of Fedco Seeds in Maine, Don Patterson of Virginia, and Chuck Noble, who farms in South Dakota, each submitted declarations to the court describing their personal experiences with the risk of contamination by genetically modified seed and why those experiences have forced them to bring the current suit asking the court to declare that Monsanto could never sue them for patent infringement if they were ever contaminated by Monsanto’s GMO seed.  As summarized by the accompanying brief filed by PUBPAT on the plaintiffs’ behalf, “Monsanto’s acts of widespread patent assertion and plaintiffs’ ever growing risk of contamination create a real, immediate and substantial dispute between them.”      Twelve agricultural organizations also filed a friend-of-the-court amici brief supporting the right of the plaintiffs to bring the case.  In their brief, the amici describe some of the harmful effects of genetically modified seed and how easily GMOs can contaminate an organic or conventional farmer’s land.  The organizations filing the amici brief were Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Ecological Farmers of Ontario, Fair Food Matters, International Organic Inspectors Association, Michigan Land Trustees, Natural Environment Ecological Management, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Organic Council of Ontario, Slow Food USA, and Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association.

     The excellent and powerful amicii brief begins, “This case presents several issues of first impression, and the outcome will have repercussions for almost every American. While the Plaintiffs are at the most immediate risk of suit for patent infringement by Monsanto, the legal principles involved in this Court’s decision will have even broader ramifications…. And, ultimately, almost every American consumer somehow makes use of products made from corn, soybeans, canola, sugar beets, or cotton, all of which may implicate the scope and enforceability of Monsanto’s patents. The entire food chain is impacted by the spread of Monsanto’s patented crops….
     “Given the difficulties in minimizing GM contamination, farmers must make numerous decisions about which steps are worthwhile for them and which steps are not. They are not able to make these decisions based on their own and their customers’ interests, but must instead make these decisions with the threat of litigation against a giant corporation looming over their heads. The constant threat of a patent infringement suit by Monsanto creates significant, unquantifiable costs for the Plaintiff farmers and similarly situated farmers. Unless this Court allows this case to proceed, the Plaintiff farmers will face the choice of abandoning growing such crops or risking prosecution whenever Monsanto chooses.
     Monsanto’s motion to dismiss notes that its patented technology is self-replicating… Yet Monsanto wants the court to ignore the real-world repercussions of this fact. Monsanto seeks to reap all of the benefits of a patented seed – particularly the necessity for farmers to buy their products year after year indefinitely, since new seed is needed every single year – but to take no responsibility for the reality that its technology, by its very nature, induces others to infringe…
     “This problem is of Monsanto’s making. By developing a product that is self-replicating, and then marketing it to farmers across the country, Monsanto has ensured that no farmer can entirely avoid infringing. Monsanto has chosen to exploit this problem by an aggressive pattern of enforcement that has left farmers across the country in fear of an enforcement lawsuit even if they have no desire or intent to use the patented seeds. These farmers are placed in the position of abandoning growing valuable crops or investing significant time and effort in protective measures to try to minimize contamination. In the latter case, no matter what measures they take, the farmers still face the threat of a patent infringement lawsuit because of the impossibility of remaining completely GM-free. It is critical for both these farmers and for all the parties involved in the food chain, including the Amici, that this Court consider this case and provide a clear declaration of their rights.” 

     Jim is President of lead plaintiff Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. Bryce Stephens is OSGATA Vice-President and Fedco Seeds is one of our OSGATA member companies. We have studied Monsanto’s litigation playbook and accordingly, their action which seeks to deny us our day in court comes as little surprise.  It is anticipated that the judge will rule on Monsanto’s motion to dismiss this Fall and we will certainly continue to keep you and the organic community informed about this monumental case.  Jim & Megan

The brief filed by the plaintiffs in opposition to Monsanto’s motion to dismiss isavailable here.
The amici brief filed in support of the plaintiffs is available here


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