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Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto


Nearly 300,000 organic farmers are filing suit against corporate agriculture giant Monsanto, who have in recent years squashed independent organic farms from coast to coast.

270,000 organic farmers filed a lawsuit in March 30 in an attempt to keep a portion of the world’s food supply organic. The plaintiffs in the case are members of around 60 family farms, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations.

Led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the suit lashes out at Monsanto to keep their engineered Genuity® Roundup Ready® canola seed out of their farms. Organic agriculturalists say that corn, cotton, sugar beets and other crops of theirs have been contaminated by Monsanto‘s seed, and even though the contamination has been largely natural and unintended, Monsanto has been suing hundreds of farmers for infringing on their patent for incidentally using their product.

Not only are organic farmers trying to keep things — well, organic — but now many of them are being forced to throw in the towel as Monsanto unfortunately continues a successful war on the competition by suing indie growers that run organic farms. In recent years, Monsanto has acquired more than 20 of the biggest seed producers and sellers in the country, and The Street reports that they have instituted a policy whereas their customers are forced to use their bionengineered seeds — and purchase them each and every year — lest they want to be blacklisted forever.


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This lawsuit couldn't happen

This lawsuit couldn't happen to a "nicer" company. I wish the organic farmers success.


Hope we can find some hemp rope to finish the job.

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One who fights with weeds should take care, lest he become one.

f - the evil machine

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Millions against Monsanto

but they are so entrenched in the government and the market, they are like some invasive plant that grows like wildfire and crowds out everything else. Even a lawsuit this huge doesn't stand much of a chance against them.

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, is just a Monsanto pawn.

You can buy organic and still fund Monsanto. Here's a good article on that: http://www.peacecouncil.net/pnl/03/718/718CorporateTakeover.htm

A familiar brand name to organic shoppers is Hain. This company now owns many other organic brands, which continue to appear to be independent. Some examples include: Bearitos (chips), Bread Shop (granola), Celestial Seasonings (tea), Garden of Eatin', Health Valley, Imagine Foods (Rice Dream), Terra Chips, and Westbrae (canned vegetables, soy drinks, pastas, and more). And who owns Hain? The prime investors in the Hain Food Group are mutual funds and holding companies. Their principal stockholders are Phillip Morris (tobacco), Monsanto (genetically modified food), Citigroup (responsible for rainforest destruction), Exxon/Mobil, Wal-Mart, Entergy Nuclear, and Lockheed Martin (weapons manufacturer). In 9/99 the H.J. Heinz Co. acquired ownership of nearly 20% of Hain. And, no surprises here, Heinz is principally owned by the same mutual funds and principal stockholders as is Hain.

Cascadian Farms (the brand offering much of the organic frozen food on the market) and Muir Glen (tomato products) are owned by Small Planet Foods, which is the organic marketing "niche"owned by General Mills, the third biggest food conglomerate in North America. Agribusiness is guilty enough for negative impacts on the global environment, local economies, and the nutritional quality of the food most of us have little choice but to consume. But look who "owns" General Mills. Their principal investors are Philip Morris, Exxon/Mobil, General Electric, Chevron, Nike, McDonald's, Target Stores, Starbucks, Monsanto, Dupont (weapons & pesticides), Dow Chemical (Agent Orange, breast implants, napalm), Pepsico, Alcoa Aluminium, Disney, and Texas Instruments (weapons producer and one of G.W. Bush's top contributors).

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Someone here...

Someone here, I'm sure has viewed the video "The World According to Monsanto". Just got it from some friends up north and viewed it. The part that really drives me up the wall is the part where H.W. Bush(as VP...Ronald Reagan's worst mistake)is in a laboratory acting like Mr. Rogers in his obscure little neighborhood: Now here little boys and girls, we are going to inject a gene into your corn. We are going to corrupt your corn that has been grown and saved the same way for thousands of years.

MONSANTO, Dupont, etc will save your seed and you will be required to buy it from them at whatever price they decide.

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

oh yea…. I think he was there insuring they will get subsidies

to think I pay for that without wanting to AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

I am so glad this is

I am so glad this is happening...

interesting . . .


the business was founded, basically, on proceeds from slave labor, it would appear--

one could assume that--

God bless the organic farmers--


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Neutered vegetation...that is just plain evil

You know Monsanto has a slew of unneutered seeds. So when the world no longer has access to unneutered seeds, Monsanto (and companies like it) will be able to sell neutered seeds at high prices.

They will be like the power plants that sell energy to energy distribution companies, who then sell energy to us. Instead of us using simple energy creation technology to provide our own energy.

They are monopolizing food.

Remember those inalienable rights? Well, shouldn't being able to grow our own food be one of those rights?

Growing your own food should be a right

As should be growing your own medicine.

It is!

An extension of the natural right to life is the right to feed yourself.

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What took them so long?

This company must be

This company must be destroyed already. So frustrating.

Monsanto does war crimes against humanity

...frustrating --
& they walk the streets of our towns as free people.

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Hi (((( LL ))))

Organic has nothing to do with genetically modified. This article is a misleader in that it leads one to think genetically modified is part of the organic lable. It is not.

There are tons of genetically modified/engineered foods that are grown organically.

So here's the real problem, as long as there is famine in the world, Monsanto is going to win the hearts of the world, because Monsanto is feeding the world more than my garden, or my neighbors.

As long as there are wars with troops suffering on three squares and snacks, not to mention beverages made with GM foods, Monsanto is going to be much appreciated. This goes to prison service, any industrial food service, including educational campuses. I should mention fast food as another Monsanto LOVER, their investors depend on stablity, which is why they are now zapping everything with radiation (as if the Japanese nuclear meltdown wasn't doing enough).

Notice, there are no more raw vegetables.. the lable reads, "natural".

Have a great posting day!

It's pointless to grow GMOs organically

The GM traits in these crops are what enable the crops to survive the poisons that Monsanto sells to spray them with. The promised increased yeilds are due to killing the weeds and insects, not due to larger corn ears for example.

So I suspect to grow GMOs pesticide and herbicide and chemical fertilizer free would show these crops are in fact inferior to the native plants that have been naturally genetically modified for their specific climate, soil, weeds, diseases and insects through selective seed saving over generations.

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I think you are pointing out, without

specifically saying so, that Monsanto's customer base are governments that want cheap, institutional foods for dependent populations that they don't care about keeping healthy long-term. Soldiers are expendable, jailed troublemakers are pests to the establishment. And the rest of the tax slaves again are useful only during productive years and a bother when they are retired; so again long-term health is not a value to the ruling classes.

IMO the lawsuit should name the FDA as a co-defendant.

Thank you &

everyone else who gave this a bump/comment.

What can I say?

I just want Monsanto to die -- that's all.

Big cyber hugs for you out there on the west coast*))

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true, but . . .

who else will take them on?

NO agriculture is perfect. Nothing in the world is perfect--

but Monsanto is evil.

There is a difference between evil and imperfection.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Thanks for succinct perspective

Nicely presented perspective on the Monsanto plan.

Another factor that I believe is important: "organic" no longer always means what folks think. Certified organic products may be just as industrialized as big agra products. Organic eggs may come from chickens nearly as crowded as those producing the extremely inexpensive supermarket eggs. Yet the average man thinks organic eggs come from hens that live in fields and eat plants and insects. The list goes on.

Off to pick some raw beans and squash.

Phil. 4:13

thank you thank you thank you!!

too many people are disillusioned by the terms the FDA is granting to companies legally defrauding the public.... somehow now organic now means real as opposed to just stating the name of the produce... and organic is monocropped just like GMO's

in addition, traceability is gone since the FDA termed GMO's as GRAS (generally recognized as safe).. thus no patterns of sickness can be linked to the products people buy.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.