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OSGATA Submits Comments on Seed Purity to NOSB

OSGATA Submits Comments on Seed Purity to NOSB

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)’s spring meeting is Tuesday, April 9, to Thursday, April 11, in Portland, OR. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses their agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. In 2012, the NOSB established the GMO Ad hoc Subcommittee for discussion among organic stakeholders

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Tell Obama to Veto the Monsanto Protection Act

Tell Obama to Veto the Monsanto Protection Act

Late last week Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act or the Monsanto Rider, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill – HR 933. By sneaking Section 735 into a federal appropriations bills, Monsanto has successfully planted a dangerous provision in US law. Essentially, the provision would create

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Jim Gerritsen’s PIELC Keynote Address

Jim Gerritsen's PIELC Keynote Address

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

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Seed Solution Models for a New Agricultural Paradigm

Seed Solution Models for a New Agricultural Paradigm

          Stephen Thomas’s “Fixing Food: Seed Solution Models for a New Agricultural Paradigm“-recently published in Acres USA- discusses the importance of regional small-scale organic seed in overhauling the industrial agriculture system. Cited seed solutions include the work of several OSGATA members, including Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, the

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Harvesting Justice: A Food Sovereignty Publication and Blog Series

Harvesting Justice: A Food Sovereignty Publication and Blog Series

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance, in collaboration with Other Worlds, recently launched a 140-page compendium, and parallel blog series, examining the building of a just and environmentally sustainable food system. Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas, researched and written by Tory Field and Beverly Bell, is ”dedicated to peasant, indigenous, landless,and small farmers around the

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OSGATA President Keynotes at Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

OSGATA President Keynotes at Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen will be presenting a keynote speech on the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit at  the 31st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, OR. This year’s conference theme “Earth Too Big to Fail” speaks to how the premiere gathering for

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OSGATA Participates in Seed Track at Southern SAWG Conference

OSGATA Participates in Seed Track at Southern SAWG Conference

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) will host it’s 22nd annual conference, themed “practical tools and solutions for sustaining family farms,” from January 23-26, in Little Rock, AR. Part of the 2013 conference slate is a sustainable seed track. Following two days of intensive short courses and field trips, and an

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Plaintiff-Farmers Travel to DC to Attend OSGATA et. al. v. Monsanto Oral Argument

Plaintiff-Farmers Travel to DC to Attend OSGATA et. al. v. Monsanto Oral Argument

Thirty-one family farmers, plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, travelled to Washington, D.C., from across North America to attend the Oral Argument in the Appeal of Dismissal heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday January 10, 2013. The lawsuit was

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Join Farmers in Their Stand Against Monsanto

Join Farmers in Their Stand Against Monsanto

Family farmers are traveling from across North America to Washington, DC, to participate in the January 10, 2013 Oral Argument in the appeal of dismissal for Organic Seed Growers and Trade Asscociation et al. vs. Monsanto to be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This landmark court case was originally filed in March 2011 to protect farmers from

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OSGATA Reestablishes Farmer Travel Fund

OSGATA Reestablishes Farmer Travel Fund

  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

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Oral Argument Scheduled in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto

Oral Argument Scheduled in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto

This morning, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., announced that it would hear the family farmers’ Appeal of Dismissal in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto at 10am on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The landmark organic community lawsuit was originally filed in

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OSGATA Board Member Dissents from USDA’s Biotechnology Report and Recommendations

OSGATA Board Member Dissents from USDA's Biotechnology Report and Recommendations

The USDA  established their Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (known as AC21) in February 2003, with its first meeting in June of that year. Under its Charter, AC21 is charged with examining the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the US food and agriculture system, as well as providing guidance to

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OSGATA Responds to Flawed NPR Article on GMOs

OSGATA Responds to Flawed NPR Article on GMOs

Today NPR released an article, The Top Five Myths of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted, by Dan Charles. OSGATA felt compelled to respond in order to set the record straight. Mr. Charles did not reach out to our organization, which is the lead plaintiff in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit,  or any of our

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Prominent Allies Join Effort to Challenge Monsanto’s Patents

Prominent Allies Join Effort to Challenge Monsanto's Patents

Eleven prominent law professors and fourteen renowned organic, Biodynamic®, food safety and consumer non-profit organizations have filed separate briefs with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit arguing farmers have the right to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement by agricultural giant Monsanto. The brief by the

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Organic Farmers File Brief Against Monsanto in Appellate Court

Organic Farmers File Brief Against Monsanto in Appellate Court

75 family farmers, seed businesses, and agricultural organizations representing over 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms filed a brief  today with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., asking the  appellate court to reverse a lower court’s decision from February dismissing their protective legal action against

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A Petition to Support Organic Family Farmers

A Petition to Support Organic Family Farmers

Dear Farmers, Seed Growers and Farming Groups (OSGATA) Against Monsanto, Today we also heard the bad news. We read of your case being thrown out by Judge Naomi Buchwald. We know the system is broken. And we know that you are trying, however desperately, to stitch a portion of democracy

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“Why We Need to Show Our Support for the American Farmer”

Written by photographer Harvey Spears: Last January, I attended a rally at Foley Square, NYC in support of farmers from Maine to California. They came to testify “in the first phase of a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and

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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

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OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen discusses OSGATA vs Monsanto on PBS

Watch Teen Driving Law Reform / Lawsuit Against Monsanto on PBS. See more from Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks.

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Organic Seed Growers Conference 2012: Selected Live Broadcasts

Organic Seed Growers Conference 2012: Selected Live Broadcasts

Did You Miss the 2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference? Organic Seed Alliance and eOrganic bring you selected recordings from the 2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference held in Port Townsend, WA, on January 19 – 21, 2012. The conference brought together hundreds of farmers, seed production and distribution companies, researchers, plant breeders,

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