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.
Nick Marvel of Nick’s Organic Farm spoke to the crowd
Tara Cook-Littman of GMO-Free Connecticut spoke to the crowd
Chuck, an OSGATA farmer, who had just emerged from courthouse and spoke against genetically engineered crops
Jim Gerritsen, plantiff farmer, speaking to the crowd
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!”
Dan Ravicher, a lawyer who is arguing OSGATA lawsuit speaking before the crowd
Dave Murphy & Lisa Stokke from Food Democracy Now! wrapping up rally