The upcoming Slow Money 4th National Gathering includes a plenary session on OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto. OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen will deliver his special address on family farmers seeking justice at the Boulder Theater, in Boulder, CO, on April 29.
Slow Money is a national network, which includes local chapters, organized around a common principle: strategically shifting the relationships between money, food, and soil. The Slow Money National Gathering, first held in Santa Fe, NM, in 2009, established the event as a significant venue for fostering social change.
Since its inception, Slow Money National Gatherings have been convening investors, donors, activists, business owners, and farmers from across the country and around the world to engage in a collective dialogue about social entrepreneurship. Slow Money says of its membership, “all of us believe that putting some of our money to work in local food enterprises makes tremendous sense—in terms of financial diversification, in terms of biological diversity, in terms of security, in terms of local resilience, in terms of addressing many of today’s most pressing health and environmental challenges.”
“I’ve seen firsthand how Slow Money Maine is beginning to locally change the face of Maine agriculture,” said Gerritsen. “When asked to address the Slow Money National Gathering in Boulder, I thought this would be a great opportunity to let leaders in the good food community across the United States learn about our lawsuit against Monsanto and our family farmers’ quest for justice.”
Monsanto has sued, or settled out of court with, more than 844 family farms since 1997 over assertions of patent infringement. The landmark lawsuit OSGATA et al v. Monsanto challenges the validity of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) seed patents. It also seeks Court protection for family farmers who, through no fault of their own, may become contaminated by Monsanto’s patented GE seed and find themselves accused of patent infringement.
Gerritsen joins Carlo Patrini, Wes Jackson, and Winona LaDuke, as well as other luminary speakers, for this year’s National Gathering- which kicks off on Sunday, April 28, with a reception, and ends on Tuesday, April 30.
The two day conference allows participants access to dozens of addresses and breakout sessions. Topics range from identifying and channeling new sources of capital to local food systems, to addressing challenges shared by farmers and food producers. The full conference schedule is available here.
Gerritsen will be delivering his 15-minute address at 11:45 am on Monday, April 29. He will also join Dave Murphy, founder of co-plaintiff Food Democracy Now!, at 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 30, for a panel session on GMOs.
For more information about the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit, click here.