Monsanto, the monolithic chemical giant who brought us Agent Orange, DDT and GMO seeds, now faced with a lawsuit by the Organic Seed and Trade Association. The OSGATA is the plaintiff and various other organizations and seed companies have joined in on the suit, which was filed on March 29th 2011 by the Public Patent Foundation in New York City. The issue is whether or not Monsanto can continue to sue small farmers for patent infringement for cross contamination off farmers’ crops as a result of GMO’s pollen drift.
As evidenced in the movie, “Food, Inc,” Monsanto has sued small farmers many times for patent infringement. The Center For Food Safety reports that to date, Monsanto has filed almost 90 lawsuits against roughly 150 farmers in 25 states. They’ve also taken on about 40 small businesses and farm companies. Their budget of 10 million dollars and a staff of 75, ensure they’ve got the bodies for legwork and the cash to back it up. Small farmers don’t stand a chance against this Goliath.
In the 90’s GMOs were touted as being able to eradicate hunger throughout the world. The disastrous “Flavr-Savr tomato by a California entity, Calgene, was the first GMO to be approved for human consumption. Since then Monsanto has been hard at work patenting many new GMO varieties, among them: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, sugar beets (beets) and wheat. Their Round-Up herbicide, coupled with the GMO crops, was promised to be a boon to farmers. With less invasive weeds, more crops could grow. Supposedly this meant less use OF Round-Up. That has since backfired: super weeds like pigweed have taken over, slurping up Round-Up with little effect. More is needed because – guess what folks — it’s NOT WORKING! Now we find that Monsanto is busy at work with a new version of a Round-Up product. Some say it will be something like a throwback to DDT.
There’s a funny thing about the GMO stuff. Ask most any consumer whether or not they want GMOs in their food stream and about 86% will tell you NO. The medical community has been raising issues about the effects of eating GMO foods. Of course, Monsanto denies there is anything harmful. They’ll point to the statistics – their version – and they will show no harm.
However, one of a few whistleblowers who were silenced was researcher Dr. Arpad Pusztai. He was employed by the United Kingdom’s Rowett Institute in 1998 and was studying the effects of GM potatoes on rats. He turned up disquieting evidence of stomach ulcerations, immune system breakdowns, and stunted growth comparable to a 10 year lifespan in humans. After voicing his opinion, he was subsequently suspended and prohibited from speaking with the media, thus unable to defend himself. Many other scientists agreed with Pusztai, even back in the 1990s.
Here in the U.S. the FDA presents its own biased version of test results. Omitting crucial opposing evidence in Monsanto’s favor, it has blatantly ignored naysayers of GMO. Thus Monsanto has had the go-ahead with its various varieties.
Ever since learning of the lawsuits against farmers from crop contamination from GMOs, I find it ridiculous that a lawsuit should even be allowed on Monsanto’s behalf. Although not a patent lawyer, how can some poor farmer Joe in the Midwest be brought to task over obviously windblown contamination of his crop with GMOs? Monsanto’s army of ghouls are obviously busy tracking down farmers on the periphery of GMO fields, as brought to light in “Food, Inc.”
Sooner or later no farm will be left uncontaminated by GMO seeds! Organics will be wiped out, much to the delight of Monsanto and they will have gotten their wish: complete control of the food system.
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Note: This article was originally published on my old site, Good Food 4 All