The family farmers’ Appeal of Dismissal in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto will be heard in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., at 10 am on Thursday, January 10, 2013.
It is critical that the courtroom for the oral argument of this landmark lawsuit is filled with concerned plaintiff-farmers in order to visibly demonstrate that the case of is not just an academic dispute of patent law. Rather it is a significant issue affecting family farmers from across the country, with implications of global significance.
To that effect, OSGATA has re-established its Farmer Travel Fund which is in immediate need of contributions to support this convergence of farmers from across North America in solidarity for the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit effort.
“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,” says Jim Gerritsen, OSGATA president and Maine organic farmer.
Click here for more information on how you can contribute to this effort. Thank you for your support!