29 Feb '12, 1am

Monsanto 1, Organic Farmers 0, in New York Court Ruling | Care2 Causes

Monsanto 1, Organic Farmers 0, in New York Court Ruling | Care2 Causes

Monsanto’s bullying tactics received a legal nod of approval on February 24th, when Judge Naomi Buchwald dismissed a suit brought against the company by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA). The association was joined by 82 other plaintiffs. Nearly 300,000 organic farmers were represented in the action. According to Judge Buchwald (pdf), the plaintiffs failed to prove their case. Only one farmer and one seed distributor claimed to have already purchased contaminated seed. Neither of them claimed Monsanto’s seeds were among the “offending seeds.” Monsanto had demanded royalty payments from only one of the plaintiffs. The judge did not consider the company’s history of threats and suits against conventional farmers sufficient evidence Monsanto would sue the plaintiffs. OSGATA’s president, Jim Gerritsen, himself an organic farmer, published this response on...

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