Farmers File Appeal in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto

Family farmers filed their Notice of Appeal to 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 will hear the farmers’ appeal, seeking to reinstate the case, which has received worldwide attention. The farmers are determined to move forward with their lawsuit challenging Monsanto’s patents on genetically engineered seed technologies.

The original complaint in OSGATA et al v. Monsanto was filed on March 29, 2011. In July, Monsanto filed a motion to dismiss. Plaintiff lawyers at PUBPAT then filed a rebuttal brief on August 11, 2011. Judge Buchwald called for oral argument on the motion to dismiss, which was held in Manhattan on January 31, 2012. The judge’s dismissal ruling was issued February 24th and plaintiffs were given thirty days in which to file their Notice of Appeal.

“Farmers are under threat. Our right to farm the way we choose, and to grow pure organic seed and healthy food on our farms for our families and for our customers is under assault,” says OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen. “We are honor bound to challenge an erroneous ruling which denies family farmers the protection the law says we deserve. We’re not asking for one penny from Monsanto. Ultimately, our fight is for justice and is waged to defend the right of the people to have access to good and safe food.”

Read the full press release.

  1. Now is the time to stand for what we believe. Mother Nature has given evntryhieg we need to sustain life on Earth. Scientists in laboratories only study several facets of what they want to accomplish. As a naturalfarmer, I can attest to the difficulties with weeds and insects. But working with Nature is the only way that works for me, spiritually and financially. If you can, find a copy of the DVD, A Sense of Wonder , about the life of Rachael Carson, and share it with those you know It is a tool for teaching, inspiring and moving everyone. We cannot hope to convert Monsanto, but we can use the power of our numbers to bring the legal actions necessary and block the use of gm seeds, glysophates, neonicotinoids, etc. Only Mother Nature can reverse the damage done.

  2. Sorry that I couldn’t send more, being on lietimd income does have it’s problems. But I am extremely radical when it comes to stopping Monsanto and it’s bevy of government toadies on the FDA and USDA. The Obama administration just announced that a Monsanto Executive has been named Senior Adviser to the Commissioner of the FDA, by the way the adviser has been in and out of both Monsanto and the FDA most of his career. Talk about letting the Fox watch the Chicken coop.

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