Note: Global Justice Ecology Project stands in solidarity with farmers and activists calling for an end to genetic engineering and Monsanto’s intimidation of rural communities. From frankenfish to frankentrees, GJEP opposes the development and release of genetically engineered organisms, especially genetically engineered trees. GE tree company ArborGen is stacked with former Monsanto employees, so you can be sure they will destroy forests and communities just like Monsanto has destroyed farmland and farmers. You can sign the petition to stop genetically engineered trees here.
-The GJEP Team
January 10, 2013. Source: Food Democracy Now!
Nearly 300 family farmers, activists, and members of Food Democracy Now! gathered in front of the White House today, directly after a hearing on the landmark OSGATA v. Monsanto case, to demand both that Monsanto end their campaign of intimidation against America’s family farmers over GMO’s, and that President Obama halt approval of genetically modified food. The demand for Pres. Obama included a halt of GMO approvals, including GMO salmon, until independent long-term safety tests can be conducted.
Thirty-one family farmers, plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, travelled to Washington, DC from across America to attend the US Appeals Court hearing and protest today to demand the right to farm without the threat harassment by the world’s largest biotech seed company. Monsanto has sued or settled in court with more than 844 family farms since 1997 years over ‘patent infringement’ after their seeds naturally spread to nearby farms.
“Family farmers need and deserve the right to farm. We have a right to grow good food and good seed for our families and our communities without the threat of trespass and intimidation,” Jim Gerritsen, an organic potato farmer from Maine, and representing OSGATA, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit told the enthusiastic crowd. “We need Court protection so that our families will be able to carry on our farming tradition and help keep America strong,” said Gerritsen.
After attending the Oral Argument to appeal the dismissal of the case at the US Court of Appeals, the farmers marched to Lafayette Park to bring attention to the Obama Administration’s pending approval of 13 new biotech crops and AquaBounty’s “Frankenfish,” a genetically engineered “salmon.”