Issue of The Seed Piece:
Update on Organic
Community Lawsuit Against
Why GMO's Aren't
Compatible With Organic
Friday, April 15, 2011
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Our Mailbox: Confronting
Evil and Growing
Organic Community Lawsuit Against Monsanto.
The Monsanto reaction contained on their blog
miss the solemn marble columns of justice!) to the organic
challenging their GMO patents is predictably tired, arrogant and
(‘publicity stunt’). “It has never been,
nor will it
be Monsanto policy to
exercise its patent rights where trace amounts of our patented seed or
are present in farmer’s fields as a result of inadvertent
Well, that revisionist proclamation
would come as
surprise to many farmers that Monsanto has sued. There’s
Classic David vs. Goliath
There’s the Nelson’s of North Dakota (Monsanto
Nelsons, Other Growers).
And there’s plenty more.
facts. Excerpt from page 36 of our Complaint as filed,
enforces its transgenic seed patents. Published
reports and Monsanto’s
own statements suggest that roughly 500
farmers are investigated for patent infringement each year. Between
1997 and April 2010, Monsanto filed
144 lawsuits against farmers in at least 27 different states for
infringement of its transgenic seed patents and/or breach of its
tactics of intimidation read the exposé
in Vanity Fair.
“Farmers are being
sued for having GMOs on their property that they did not buy, do not
not use and cannot sell,” said North Dakota farmer Tom Wiley. You’ll
want to read this and more in the
article about the 2005 report from The Center for Food Safety,
American Farmers: Monsanto’s Investigations, Coerced
Monsanto has cultivated a climate of fear and
intimidation in rural America. Organic and traidtional non-GMO farmers
have a legitimate concern that they may face a patent infringement
lawsuit should Monsanto's patented genes trespass upon their farms.
We are now in the waiting period as
develop their legal defense to our challenge
of their GMO patents.
There have been quite a few good
about the case. Click
here for one of the most
thoughtful articles written by Tom Laskewy
We are utilizing our Facebook
page to help keep folks
regularly updated on the lawsuit. Click
here to become a friend of Wood
Prairie Farm and join our
discussions. Jim & Megan.
Reasons Why GMO's Are Not
Compatible With Organic Agriculture.
There are times when it's helpful to
basics. Please take the time to read this excellent editorial by Jim
Riddle. Jim is a solid long time member of the organic community. He
as Chair of the National Organic Standards Board and is currently
Organic Outreach Coordinator for University of Minnesota.
here to read Jim Riddle's editorial.
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by Angela Wotton
Grain Rosemary Bread
3/4 c spelt
1 1/2 c whole
3/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking
3/4 tsp sea
1 c olive oil
3/4 c whole milk
1 1/2 T fresh rosemary, finely
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
(70% cacao), chopped into
1 T sugar for top crunch
Preheat the oven to 350F. Rub a
loaf pan with olive oil.
Sift the dry ingredients into a
large bowl, pouring any bits
of grain or other ingredients left in the sifter back into the bowl.
In another large bowl, whisk the
eggs thoroughly. Add the
olive oil, milk and rosemary and whisk again. Using a spatula, fold the
ingredients into the dry, gently mixing just until combined. Stir in
2/3 of the
chocolate. Pour the batter into the pan, spreading it evenly and
top. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate and run a fork along the
the chocolate so that the batter envelops it just a bit. Sprinkle with
Bake for about 40 minutes, or
until the top is domed, golden
brown, and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
The cake can be eaten warm or
cool from the pan, or cooled,
wrapped tightly in plastic, and kept for a maximum of 2 days.
Serves 8 -12. Megan.
adapted from Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce.
Click here for our
Wood Prairie Organic Grains Section
Mailbox: Confronting Evil and Growing in Paradise
Tomato Starts In 2" Soil
Blocks. From left to right: Una
Banana, and Megan's line of
selection. We made the soil blocks from 100% Compost
Plus, our wonderful compost
product from Vermont Compost Company.
your lawsuit against the evil M. We are all behind you, watching and
sending you positive thoughts and lots of luck! Go get 'em!!!! Keep up
the good work.
Oregon City OR
your support! This has been a big effort but it's been important that
we act before
it is too late. We think we have a good legal footing for this action.
Please spread the word about the lawsuit to your friends. Thanks. Jim
sustainable farmer in North Carolina and have already ordered all my
potatoes from you guys! There are quite a few well established small
farmer's organiations in this area. What can we do to join in the fight
against Monsanto? I'm just a member of Carolina Farm Stewardship
Association and Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Groups, but
I've been active in writing my congress people and sending letters to
companies that buy from Monsanto. There are a lot of people in the
triangle/triad area and I think we might be able to apply pressure
somewhere. I was just wondering if these groups had been contacted or
what we can do to help?
can use your help! Yes, we had to draw the line somewhere and there was
simply not enough time to
bring everyone on board that wanted to join. Here are some things you
can do. Do read up on the Complaint
and the PUBPAT
press release (both are on our website). Circulate the
information with your friends and ask them to circulate to their
friends. Express your support on social media sites and consider
letters to the editor or your local newspapers. Encourage donations to
organizations that have signed on as plaintiffs and support seed
companies that are active in the lawsuit. The more we can make folks
aware of the issues surrounding this lawsuit the better. This will help
put pressure on the traditional
media to not ignore this important news story. Thanks for writing. Jim.
south of New Orleans. I planted Yukon Gold potatoes back in the fall
and they have been growing well all winter. Can I plant potatoes side
by side or will they cross, and when will the potatoes be ready?
potatoes that is grown from certified seed potato tubers is a form of
vegitative propagation. As such, planting different varieties side by
side will have no impact on one another.
It is not neccessary for potatoes to
order to have a crop. However we find it handy to use potato blossoms
as an indicator of tuber size. As a rule of thumb, when you see
up top on a potato plant you will have tubers underground that are
around ping pong ball size. Also you can always gently dig into the
hill and feel around to determine tuber size with your fingers. Yank
out the ones large enough to eat and take them to the kitchen.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm