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The Garden Island: Shiva brings anti-GMO message to Kaua‘i

Posted: January 19th, 2013 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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Shiva brings anti-GMO message to Kaua‘i

By Laurie Cicotello, The Garden Island

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall was standing room only as more than 1,100 people showed up Thursday night to hear a presentation by environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva.

“Your island is truth speaking to the world,” Shiva told the crowd to thunderous applause.

Joining Shiva as part of a three-day Hawai‘i SEED Tour was environmental attorney Andrew Kimbrell and Hawaiian rights activist Walter Ritte of Moloka‘i.

“Dr. Shiva is like the Dalai Lama of Agriculture,” Ritte said of the Indian philosopher, physicist, environmental activist and eco-feminist who has authored more than 20 books. As a leader in the International Forum of Globalization, Shiva fights for changes in the practices and paradigms of food, according to her biography.

Shiva met with residents of the Westside for dinner ahead of time to discuss a pending class action lawsuit over the continued experimental use of pesticides by biotech companies in the area.

Because of the experiments taking place with pesticides and genetically engineered seeds on the Westside of the island, Kaua‘i is considered ground zero internationally in the fight to stop biotech companies such as Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Bayer and Syngenta from creating more products and patenting more seeds.

Organizers are also working to have Hawai‘i become the first state to label foods containing genetically modified organisms.

In assisting grassroots organizations in the green movement worldwide, Shiva has been featured in several documentaries and received the Right Livelihood Award and the Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environmental Program. She has been called one of the five most powerful women in Asia.

Along with Shiva was Andrew Kimbrell, who became the executive director of the International Center for Technology Assessment in 1994 and the executive director of the Center for Food Safety in 1997. As one of the leading environmental attorneys in the nation, he has authored several books on the environment, technology in society and food issues. In 1994, Utne Reader named him as one of the world’s leading visionaries.

Sponsored by Hawai‘i SEED, The Center for Food Safety and Navdanya, the evening discussing the elimination of genetically modified organisms, along with the labeling of GMO products, was the culmination of a three-day long Hawai‘i SEED Tour that had Shiva, Kimbrell and Ritte speaking to a sold out audiences at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and at the Kapolei Salvation Army Ray Kroc Center, along with legislative briefings and presentations in the State Capitol by Kaua‘i County Councilman Gary Hooser, Sen. Laura Thielen and others.

At the outset of the evening, vendors from around the island set up a seed giveaway featuring a local farming resource fair and silent auction to benefit Hawai‘i SEED.

Emceeing the Kaua‘i event was Nancy Redfeather of Kawanui Farm on the Big Island, who in her work as a teacher and gardener has helped create 65 school gardens through her work as program director for the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network and is the director of the Hawai‘i Public Seed Initiative.

Opening the evening at the Kaua‘i War Memorial were students from Kanu I Ka Pono New Century Public Charter School, who greeted the audience with chant and poetry.

“There’s room for man’s need, but not man’s greed,” said one Kanu I Ka Pono student in her poem, paraphrasing Mahatma Gandhi.

Up next was performer Makana, who played a modified version of his “We Are the Many” anthem advising the crowd to “Occupy GMO.” He also performed a new song titled, “The Story of the GMO,” which addresses the history of the anti-GMO movement and closed the evening with an untitled “Song for Vandana,” that he was inspired to write while listening to Shiva’s presentation.

In introducing Dr. Shiva, Redfeather said Dr. Shiva has trained more than 650,000 farmers in India and is advising Bhutan on how to be come the first wholly organic country in the world.

“I was told you were a very small island with a very small population. It doesn’t look like it when you stand in this hall,” she said.

She said that the myth was that spraying pesticides has lead to the rise of GMOs.

Dr. Shiva said farmers were told they would never have to spray again, “we known through the practice in the rest of the world that in fact the spray increases and you talk about it. The GMOs are not a safe alternative to poisons. They are pushed by the poison industry to increase poison sales and monopolize the seed industry.”

In discussing the 1984 Bhopal disaster, Dr. Shiva said 3,000 people died in a gas leak from a Union Carbide plant and more than 30,000 people have died since then. She said the disaster didn’t stop after the explosion “as generations being born today are being born crippled.”

She said Bhopal isn’t the only poison tragedy in India. She said 1,000 people died in the past couple years in “the endosulfan tragedy,” when thousands of people were sprayed with pesticides that went into water and wells.

Dr. Shiva said India’s Green Revolution started off with chemicals that were designed for killing people in times of war. After World War II, these companies then turned the chemicals into pesticides and now have become a biotech.

“The explosive factories were redesigned to create fertilizer,” Dr. Shiva said, noting that the Oklahoma bombing, the Oslo bombing and every bombing in India were created using fertilizer bombs.

“We delivered sacks and sacks of fertilizer to the Afghans and now they are making bombs,” she said of the Central Intelligence Agency providing fertilizer to the country. “A century of war making and destruction is behind this.”

Her research for the United Nations also uncovered that nerve gas was being modified into modern day pesticides.

She addressed her plans to organize new Nuremberg Trials to go after the companies making nerve gas to kill people during World War II that are still making chemicals today.

“We are going to organize new Nuremberg trials and bring together everyone that has been harmed in the name of agricultural progress,” she said.

Dr. Shiva went on to say she was at a conference where people were talking about making seed saving a crime. She said one of the big fights being faced is to prevent the criminalization of seed saving by farmers.

“How could it be that the death industry can recreate itself as the life sciences industry?” she asked, adding that the companies position themselves as patient and diagnostician for a problem, with the problem being farmers saving seeds.

She said that growing up, her family used the neem tree for pest control, which causes bugs to reproduce slower. She said the neem tree is called the “village farmer,” and has more than 1,000 uses.

After Bhopal, Dr. Shiva delivered neem trees to the area and made posters that read, “No more Bhopals. Plant a Neem.”

She discussed other biopiracy cases such as basmati rice, which RiceTec patented and claimed to have invented along with how worldwide trade impacts the industry.

“Everything comes from China,” Dr. Shiva said of the U.S. being in a negative trade balance. “Patented seeds and GMO crops are the only things leaving. You have become the nerve center for this destruction.”

In the end, though, Dr. Shiva said the biotech companies have left us with bug-resistant super pests and super wheats.

“The GMO emperor has no clothes,” Dr. Shiva said. “We have the clarity to speak truth. We do not recognize patents on life.”

Monopolies and monocultures go together and have reduced to just eight commodities including animal feed, biofuel and human food last. She said it wastes communities by destroying them and imposes uniformity along with shipping them in trucks.

“Food is a waste system. It wastes the Earth, it wastes communities, it wastes potential, they ship it thousands of miles in trucks,” she said.

“Bees usurp pollen, weeds steal sunshine … everyone is a thief in their world because they are the thieves,” Dr. Shiva said of what the biotech companies are telling the world, “This is not about technology. This is about conquest. That’s why every time a religion has conquered, they destroyed sacred shrines and put in churches.”

She said people should live by the tenets of Gandhi, including satyagraha meaning fight for truth; swaraj meaning self-organized freedom; and swadeshi, meaning self-making as a rule of freedom; and the concept of lifting up everyone including the most vulnerable.

In the end, Dr. Shiva called on Kaua‘i’s residents to work on feeding themselves.

“You have so much water and biodivesity here on the Garden Island that it should be a garden and in reality feeding itself.”


Source: The Garden Island


Click here to watch Videos of Dr. Shiva, Walter Ritte, Andrew Kimbrell, and Makana

Hawaii Capitol anti-GMO Rally with Vandana Shiva

Posted: January 16th, 2013 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Edited from the livestream: Vandana Shiva, renowned anti-GMO activist from India visits Hawaii to address the GMO labeling rally on the opening day of the 2013 Hawaii State Legislature. The rally was the end point of a march that started 3 miles away at the University of Hawaii that drew hundreds of demonstrators Oahu and the neighbor islands. At the end of the video, the crowd chants, “ʻAʻole GMO!,” Hawaiian for No GMO!


Source: Youtube & H. Doug Matsuoka

GMO-Free Inauguration

Posted: January 14th, 2013 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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As the world comes to Washington, DC to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama, safe food activists will be gathering to demand the President follow up with his campaign promise to label genetically engineered foods.

Over 90% of Americans want food labels to indicate if the ingredients came from a genetically engineered plant or animal. Polls show that across all political party affiliations Americans believe that they should have the fundamental right to know the source of their food.

Since President Obama has been in office, he’s placed former Monsanto employees in positions of enormous power at the FDA, EPA, and the USDA. This regulatory capture of America’s food system has made our food supply less safe. During Obama’s tenure as President there has been a large increase in the number of food recalls due to bacteria and other adulterants.

There have been two different petitions on the White House’s website that have met the signature threshold for a response from the President. Over 6 months later, the White House has failed to respond to people’s concerns.

On Monday, January 21, come join us on the National Mall in Washington, DC to raise awareness about GMO and to demand that President Obama follow-up with his promise to label GMO foods. We will be gathering in Dupont Circle at 9:00 AM and we’ll depart for the National Mall at 9:30 AM. Please dress warm!

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GMO-Free Inauguration

President Obama’s Supporters ask him to Fulfill Promise to Label Genetically Engineered Foods (GMO)s

Joining the estimated 1 million visitors in Washington, DC for 2nd Inauguration of President Barack Obama, hundreds of safe food activists will hold a “GMO Free Inauguration” by sharing organic & non-GMO food and hot drinks via a roving musical assembly. The group will call upon President Obama to follow through with his 2007 campaign promise to label foods with genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients. The group will gather at 9:00 a.m. on the South side of Dupont Circle and walk to the National Mall for the inauguration ceremonies.

WHO: Safe Food Activists, Supporters of Barack Obama & Concerned Citizens

WHAT: GMO-Free Inauguration Roving Assembly

WHERE: Dupont Circle & the National Mall

WHEN:Monday, January 21, at 9 a.m. in Dupont Circle & March to the National Mall at 9:30 a.m.

WHY: To urge President Obama to mandate labeling of GMO foods

“President Obama has had over 4 years to give Americans the same simple food labels citizens of over 40 countries enjoy,” says, Emilianne Slaydon, founder of GMO Free DC. “With over 90% of Americans in support of labels for GE foods, if Obama acts there’s no demographic he would upset except Wall Street agribusiness interests and processed food companies.” Last fall over $45 million dollars was spent by the biotech food industry in a lopsided battle to defeat GMO food labels in California. While the voter initiative lost by less than 2% points, numerous states across America have begun a process of getting GMO food labeling legislation passed.

“We’re tired of waiting for the Obama Administration to respond to our ‘We The People’ petitions on the White House website,” says Gene, an anonymous Occupy Monsanto activist, “So we are going to inform President Obama’s supporters that he’s failed to answer our concerns.” On September 23, 2011, on the second day after the “We The People” petitioning microsite was launched, the first GMO Labeling petition was created. It has received over 30,000 signatures and has not received a response, while a petition on raw milk, which was also created on the same day, was responded to after only 6,000 signatures. In April of 2011 another GMO Labeling petition was created and 8 months & over 60,000 signatures later, there is still no response from the White House. In the meantime, the White House has answered three petitions on cannabis legalization, as well as responded to petitions on ephemeral issues like building the Death Star and the White House beer recipe.

Citizens will be accompanied by a mobile sound system that will be playing audio of President Obama’s GMO labeling campaign promise that was made on November 10, 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa. President Obama said “Here’s what I’ll do as president… we’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.” (Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaaB6NE1TI )

Activists will also be handing out information concerning GMO foods and how customers can avoid them in lieu of Federal GMO labeling guidelines.

More information at http://Occupy-Monsanto.com

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Video from the Frontlines: OSGATA et al v. Monsanto

Posted: January 14th, 2013 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Citizen’s Rally for Farmers: Support True Seed & Our Right2Know

On January 10th, 2013, we joined nearly 300 family farmers and concerned citizens just steps from the White House following the hearing on the Organic Seed Grower and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto court case.

Here’s a short video from the rally for farmer’s right to grow true seed and our right to eat pure food!


Source: Youtube & Sow True Seed

Photos from the Citizens’ Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto

Posted: January 10th, 2013 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

OSGATA v Monsanto 11 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


Today farmers, seed breeders, & concerned citizens from across America came to Washington, DC to support Organic farmers in the appeal of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Asscociation (OSGATA) vs Monsanto et al, a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which can contaminate organic and non-GMO farmers’ 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. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed to hear oral arguments in the appeal of this landmark case to decide whether or not this case will move forward. Below are some of the photos taken at today’s Citizens’ Assembly.
OSGATA v Monsanto 10 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 1 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 19 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola

Nick Marvel of Nick’s Organic Farm spoke to the crowd


OSGATA v Monsanto 2 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 3 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola
Tara Cook-Littman of GMO-Free Connecticut spoke to the crowd


OSGATA v Monsanto 4 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 17 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola

Chuck, an OSGATA farmer, who had just emerged from courthouse and spoke against genetically engineered crops


OSGATA v Monsanto 5 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 16 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola

Jim Gerritsen, plantiff farmer, speaking to the crowd


OSGATA v Monsanto 6 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 12 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola

Holly, a young farmer from Maine who traveled 15 hours to DC for today’s rally, uses the human mic to say “we must protect food!”


OSGATA v Monsanto 7 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 14 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola

Dan Ravicher, a lawyer who is arguing OSGATA lawsuit speaking before the crowd


OSGATA v Monsanto 9 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 15 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola

OSGATA v Monsanto 8 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola


OSGATA v Monsanto 18 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola

OSGATA v Monsanto 13 Photos from the Citizens Assembly in Support of Organic Farmers Fighting Monsanto White House Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tara Cook Littman sugar beet soy Solidarity Seed Breeders Protest OSGATA et al v. Monsanto OSGATA Organic Farms Organic Farmers organic Oral Arguments Nick Marvel Monsanto Lisa Stokke Lafayette Square Jim Gerritsen GMO Free Connecticut GMO Labeling gmo Genetic Trespass Genetic Contamination Demonstration DC Dan Ravicher cotton Corn canola

Dave Murphy & Lisa Stokke from Food Democracy Now! wrapping up rally


See you at the GMO-Free Inauguration! #J21


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Court case draws Monsanto protesters to White House

Posted: January 10th, 2013 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Court case draws Monsanto protesters to White House

By Bill Lambrecht blambrecht@post-dispatch.com 202-298-6880
January 10, 2013 12:30 pm

WASHINGTON • An appeal by organic farmers to a court ruling last year turned into a wide-ranging protest this morning with speakers skewering Monsanto Co. for its policies and demanding labeling of genetically modified food.

About 200 people, many from organic seed companies, rallied in a park directly across from the White House on a crisp, cloudless day amid construction for festivities surrounding the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 21.

Protesters announced that another rally will take place on Jan. 21 with a march on the National Mall demanding that Obama follow through with what they say was his promise in 2007 to seek labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients.

The protest suggested an uptick in efforts to demand labeling, which was defeated in a California ballot initiative in November. Creve Coeur-based Monsanto spent at least $8 million in an industry-wide effort to sink the California proposition.

Vermont state Sen. David Zuckerman said at the rally that he is leading an effort in his state seeking legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified food.

Organic farmers, who are pressing a lawsuit against Monsanto, often complain that their products are threatened by wind-blown pollen from genetically altered crops.

“We want and demand the right of clean seed not contaminated by a massive biotech company that’s in it for the profit,” Carol Koury, who operates Sow True Seeds in Asheville, N.C., said at the rally.

The gathering was held in conjunction with an appeal heard today before a three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Washington. The suit questions the legality of Monsanto’s seed patents and seeks protection from patent-infringement suits against farmers in the event their fields are found to contain genetically modified seed.

The lawsuit was filed by the Public Patent Foundation on behalf of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association.

Last February, U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald in the Southern District of New York dismissed the suit, asserting that “there is no evidence to suggest that plaintiffs are infringing defendants’ patents, nor have plaintiffs suggested when, if ever, such infringement will occur.”

Buchwald said in her ruling that it was “hardly significant” that Monsanto had filed 144 patent-infringement cases over a 13-year period given the number of farms in the United States.

After the dismissal, a Monsanto lawyer called the ruling a victory for all farmers.

This morning, Public Patent Foundation’s Daniel Ravicher, a lawyer who presented the appeal, asked: “If our clients don’t have standing today to seek protection, when will they have standing? Do they have to wait to be contaminated?”


Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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