How Monsanto affects farmers? How GMOs affects your health? What is the government doing to protect farmers and you?
On January 31, family farmers took part in the first phase of a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s 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.
In many cases farmers are forced to stop growing certain crops to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America’s family farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. Due to these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.
“I don’t think it’s fair that Monsanto should be able to sue my family for patent infringement because their transgenic seed trespasses onto our farm and contaminates and ruins our organic crop. We have had to abandon raising corn because we are afraid Monsanto wouldn’t control their genetic pollution and then they would come after us for patent infringement. It’s not right.”–organic farmer Bryce Stephens of Jennings, Kansas and OSGATA member
The lawsuit OSGATA (Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association) et al vs. Monsanto was filed on behalf of 300,000 organic and non-GMO farmers and citizens to seek judicial relief in “protect[ing] themselves from ever being accused of infringing patents on transgenic (GMO) seed”. The judge has requested and agreed to hear oral argument in order to make a decision of whether or not to allow the farmers’ case to move forward in the courts after Monsanto filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
“Today is Independence Day for America. Today we are seeking protection from the Court and putting Monsanto on notice. Monsanto’s threats and abuse of family farmers stops here. Monsanto’s genetic contamination of organic seed and organic crops ends now. Americans have the right to choice in the marketplace – to decide what kind of food they will feed their families – and we are taking this action on their behalf to protect that right to choose. Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops for our families and our customers on our farms without the threat of invasion by Monsanto’s genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food.” Jim Gerritsen, president of OSGATA
What is GMO?
A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms that have inserted DNA from a different species. GMOs are the constituents of genetically modified foods.
What is Genetically Modified Food? Watch this video.
What is the government doing to protect farmers and you?
President Obama has appointed former Monsanto VP and lobbyist Michael Taylor to become senior advisor to the FDA’s commissioner. This unthinkable linkage between food safety and corporate interests that have little regard for the public health must be stopped. This example of a “fox watching the henhouse” is inexcusable. President Obama must reverse this unimaginably dangerous policy and isolate the FDA from corporate influence.
TELL President Obama, “I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized genetically modified (GM) food multinational, as senior advisor to the commissioner at the FDA. Taylor is the same person who as a high-ranking official at the FDA in the 1990s promoted allowing genetically modified organisms into the U.S. food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks.” SIGN THE PETITION HERE.
How GMOs affects your health?
FDA scientists once regarded genetic modification of the food supply as the single most radical and potentially dangerous threat to public health in history. As early as the 1991, a body of scientific research began to form which now includes articles in over 600 journals. As a whole, these offer scientific evidence that GM foods, hormones, and related pesticides are the root cause for the increase of many serious diseases in the U.S. Since GM foods were introduced, diagnosis of multiple chronic illnesses in the U.S. has skyrocketed. These illnesses include changes in major organs and in hormonal, immune, digestive, and reproductive systems. These modifications to foods and food production may also be contributors to colon, breast, lymphatic, and prostate cancers.
Videos of Monsanto and other GMO corporations around the world
Islands at Risk. Genetic Engineering in Hawai’i. Part 1.
Islands at Risk. Genetic Engineering in Hawai’i. Part 2.
Islands at Risk. Genetic Engineering in Hawai’i. Part 3.
A documentary about genetic engineering in Hawai’i and how local farmers and consumers are fighting to protect their food supply.
Learn more about GMOs in the U.S. earthjustice.org/gmo
Laura Flanders of GRITtv in conversation with Vandana Shiva. Monsanto and farmers in India. Thousands of farmers have committed suicide.
Mexico – Aristegui – El Mundo según Monsanto (Maiz Transgenico) con Marie-Monique Robin
Documental: El mundo según Monsanto. Documental que denuncia los efectos negativos que provocan los productos agroquímicos y las semillas de soja transgénica que comercializa la empresa más grande del mundo Monsanto.
MORE VIDEOS coming soon.
What can you do to protect our food supply from GMOs?
PUBPAT encourages the public to not buy any products made with corn, soy, sugar, canola, cotton or alfalfa unless you are certain it was made without any use of genetically modified seed. If you’re not sure, call the manufacturer and ask. If they can’t or don’t give you a straight answer, then don’t buy their product. The proponents of genetically modified seed have vigorously opposed labeling of genetically modified food here in America (although Europe and Asia have such labeling), so to make this effort easier on your fellow Americans, once you know whether certain products are derived from genetically modified seed or not, spread that information so others know. Increasing consumer awareness and demand for food not derived from genetically modified seed, even slightly, will increase the supply of the food we want, which will reduce prices and increase availability. If you want to purge genetically modified food from society, you can help do so every time you go to the grocery store or a restaurant. It’s your money, spend it as you see fit. WATCH CBS News reports about the threat that Monsanto/genetically modified seed poses to organic farmers.
Join Food Democracy Now in standing up for family farmers everywhere against Monsanto’s abusive seed monopoly.
Food and Water Watch: “Help fight Monsanto’s latest creation — genetically engineered sweet corn. This new GE crop has already been approved, but we’re not giving up that easily. We’re calling on U.S. consumers and grocery stores to reject Monsanto’s latest science experiment — starting with Walmart. Trader Joe’s and General Mills have already said they won’t sell it. The best way you can help this effort is to reach out to your community and spread the message that we won’t stand for untested genetically engineered foods on our plates.” SIGN THE PETITION here.
Other important links
Kucinich bill aims to protect food supply from Monsanto, GMOs
“On Friday, December 9th, 2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced new legislation to protect the food supply from a potential crisis brought about by biotech giants like Monsanto and the unrestricted use of their GMOs – Genetically modified organisms.”
America has a food crisis. We are less and less connected to our food. Many people today don’t even understand where their food comes from, and the farmers growing our food can’t get a fair price.
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