2012 Indy Info
by Ali Papademetriou
It’s no secret that Monsanto Corporation is the world’s largest producer of seeds, and the most famous manufacturer of genetically modified organisms. Monsanto is frowned upon by many people, and has been for nearly a century. As if its genetically engineered products aren’t disturbing enough, the fact that it is so tightly knit with the government is even worse.
Monsanto has also become extraordinarily famous for its seed patents as well, notably its patented Roundup Ready gene, which makes seeds able to withstand the Corporation’s patented chemical herbicide, Roundup. Monsanto has been playing a dirty game now, since abusing its patents by using its falsely acclaimed powers to gain more money out of innocent farmers.
In 2012, the Corporation dragged nearly a dozen farmers to court for patent infringement. Not only do farmers have to worry about being penalized for collecting and replanting seeds that they might not even know are genetically engineered, but even conventional and organic farmers have to worry about suffering punishment if their plants obtain cross-contamination from genetically modified ones, naturally through the wind.
Cross-pollination is one of Monsanto’s most abused legal grafts when it comes to patent violations. The Corporation not only outspends its defendants, but also spends ten million dollars a year and hires nearly eighty staffers a year to investigate and prosecute farmers. The US Department of Agriculture has even come forth and warned farmers to purchase insurance to protect themselves incase their crops are cross-contaminated. This is a perfect example of why government is not supposed to be involved in the food industry at all, and explains how Monsanto and other biotech giants got so big in the first place.
Enough is enough.
On Thursday, January 10th at 10 a.m., a Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court in Washington D.C. will be hearing the Appeal of Dismissal in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA) et as v. Monsanto. Public Patent Foundation lawyers will be representing the plaintiffs, family farmers, and will be stipulating their services voluntarily.
Over one hundred and twenty anti-Monsanto advocates have already RSVP’d to attend the Solidarity Rally in support of the family farmers who have had enough with Monsanto. You can join the event and connect with others who plan on attending the rally through the Facebook event, here: FARMERS v. MONSANTO SOLIDARITY RALLY!
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