OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen’s recent keynote address at the 31st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, OR, is now available for online streaming.
The address gives background information on the US patent system in relation to seed before moving into the landmark community lawsuit, OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto.
As an organic seed potato from northern Maine, Gerritsen knows seed: “seed is the foundation of agriculture.” He continues to say that despite what Monsanto claims about solving world hunger and helping farmers, their genetically engineered (GE) “crops are all about control.”
Gerritsen breaks down the specifics of OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto, and the importance of it.
The plaintiff group- comprised of family farmers, seed businesses and agricultural organizations- is challenging Monsanto’s patents on GE seed. They are also seeking Court protection for family farmers who, through no fault of their own, may have become contaminated by Monsanto’s patented GE seed and find themselves accused of patent infringement.
Gerristen says, “We’re not customers of Monsanto. We don’t want their seed. We don’t want their technology. We don’t want their trespass onto our farms. We don’t want their contamination of our crops. We want them to behave as good neighbors and keep their transgenic pollution on their side of the fence.”