Guest post by Dave, Lisa and The Food Democracy Now! Team
|I Stand With Family Farmers|
On January 31, family farmers will take part in the first phase of a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s crops and opens them up to abusive lawsuits. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets.
In many cases farmers are forced to stop growing certain organic and conventional crops to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America’s farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. Due to these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.
Farmers need your voice today.
Please join us in standing up for family farmers everywhere against Monsanto's abusive seed monopoly. Take a moment to ask your friends and family to join you in protecting family farmers from Monsanto's campaign of fear and harrassment. Spread the word.
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1."Monsanto Seed Patents", Public Patent Foundation
2. "Judge to consider oral arguments in lawsuit against Monsanto", Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), December 29, 2011.