Farmers Fighting Back – Family Farms Vs. Monsanto

1 Apr

On March 30th, a lawsuit was filed by the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), representing 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations.  This was to challenge Monsanto’s patent on genetically-modified (GM)seed.

 

In an effort to protect themselves, farmers are suing Monsanto over the patents on GM seed because historically Monsanto has actually sued farmers in the United States and Canada when the patented genetically-modified (GM) materially inadvertently contaminates the farmers’ crops.  Yes, read that one more time – Monsanto sues the farmers whose crops get contaminated from Monsanto’s GM seed.

 

The question is whether Monsanto has the right to sue farmers for “patent-infringement” when the non-genetically-modified crops get contaminated with Monsanto’s GM seed.  In a world with common sense, we would certainly hope that the courts find that Monsanto has no such right.

 

What angers me, is that there has not been significant testing of the impacts of GM seeds or product on either the environment or consumers.  In addition to this, people have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies, so at the very least, GM-products should be labeled so consumers can make an educated choice.

The stringent guidelines for producing organic crops are hampered and devastated by the very existence of GM seeds.  Since GM seeds and crops are already increasingly prevalent in our country, now our only hope is to protect the farmers who are growing naturally/organically – NOT with genetically-modified substances.

God Bless the family farm and let’s hope that we can spread enough awareness to consumers so that we can protect the farmland that provides us (and provides the world) with a clean and bountiful food supply.

Tisha T. Casida

 

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3 Responses to “Farmers Fighting Back – Family Farms Vs. Monsanto”

  1. Alex Zorach April 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I personally think that genetic modification is a bad idea and I would support an outright ban on it. But I understand the arguments to make it legal.

    I agree with you though that Monsanto’s practice of suing farmers whose seed gets contaminated by Monsanto’s GMO crops, is outright evil and I would support making this sort of legal action impossible or illegal under the law. If anything, I think the opposite setup, the farmer’s suing Monsanto for contamination of their crops, would be justified.

    I also think that labelling is an issue. The average American, I believe, would probably choose to avoid buying GMO’s or anything with GMO ingredients if they were required to be labelled. The fact that GMO ingredients are not labelled seems problematic to me. I genuinely believe that the free market would eliminate genetically-modified ingredients if we required labelling.

    I would support labelling not only of all crops but also of meat that was fed GMO ingredients. This would allow consumers to further exercise their opposition to GMO’s by their choice in buying meat.

    Keep writing! The more people talk about this, the closer we will be to action and change on this issue.

    • Tisha T. Casida April 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

      Dear Alex,

      Thank you so much for your comment – I agree with you completely and think that labeling would allow a free market to make just decisions. People, in general, I believe would make wise choices with what they put into their bodies.

      You have a great blog!

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