Family farmers have filed a Notice of Appeal challenging Judge Naomi Buchwald’s February 24th ruling dismissing Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Manhattan will hear the farmers’ appeal, seeking to reinstate the case, which has received worldwide attention.
Judge Naomi Buchwald’s February 24 decision dismissing the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto was met with great disappointment by organic farmers, seed growers and agricultural organizations – and a renewed commitment to fight on.
A smooth and well-funded PR campaign, along with aggressive legal tactics towards farmers who resist Monsanto’s stranglehold, have bought ample success for Goliath biotech company Monsanto. Unfortunately, this trend has persistently not translated to success for farmers, workers, or consumers. Recent lawsuits and protests shine a harsh and unflattering light on Monsanto’s practices and corporate behavior, as farmers and consumers around the country reach for a slingshot and take aim.
As we begin the new year, there is at least one piece of good news of enormous importance for organic food producers and seed suppliers: there is hope for justice in the ongoing issue of Monsanto’s aggressive persecution of organic growers for so called “patent infringement” due to crop contamination with the company’s genetically modified (GM) seeds.
A new cartoon from Joe Mohr!