On Thursday, January 10, representatives from the Organic Consumers Association, Occupy Monsanto, Food Democracy Now! and the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association will participate in a Citizens’ Assembly in support of Family Farmers vs. Monsanto.
The Citizen’s Assembly is a show of solidarity with 30 GMO-free farmers who are coming to Washington, DC, to participate in the appeal of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) vs Monsanto et al, a court case filed to protect farmers from Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits.
If you are attending and want to gather with other WAPF members, please email Agnes: firstname.lastname@example.org
People will assemble at 10 am, outside the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Lafayette Square, on H Street between 15th and 17th Streets, NW
OSGATA vs Monsanto
Family farmers and farm organizations originally filed a lawsuit against Monsanto in March 2011 in an effort to invalidate Monsanto’s patents and protect organic and non-GMO family farmers from unwanted genetic contamination of their crops and from Monsanto’s aggressive patent infringement lawsuits.
Monsanto filed a motion to dismiss the case, which was heard in Federal District Court in New York City on January 31st, 2012. In February 2012, Federal Judge Naomi Buchwald dismissed the case, ruling that the farmers lacked legal standing regarding the concerns over genetic contamination and resulting economic harm.
In March 2012, Plaintiffs appealed the District Court’s decision to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which scheduled oral argument in the case to be heard on January 10, 2013.
Lawyers from the Public Patent Foundation, who are representing the farmers have identified numerous reversible legal and factual errors committed by the judge which they assert caused her to mistakenly dismiss the case.
What’s at Stake
OSGATA vs Monsanto is a landmark legal case attempting to protect family farmers from Monsanto’s aggressive patent infringement lawsuits and unwanted genetic contamination that results when Monsanto’s patented, GMO pollen blowing across farmer’s fences and contaminates their crops against their wishes. In an effort to enforce their legal patents on their genetically engineered genes, Monsanto regularly sends their seed police out in rural America to trespass on farmer’s fields and steal their plants to take them back to their labs for testing.
Since 1997, one year after the approval of Monsanto’s GMO Roundup Ready soybeans, the world’s leading chemical and biotech seed company admits to filing 150 lawsuits against America’s family farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. During this time, Monsanto has investigated an average of more than 500 family farmers each year.