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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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Monsanto Granted Motion to Dismiss

On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of OSGATA et al v. Monsanto after hearing oral arguments on January 31, in Federal  District Court in Manhattan. Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf  of organic farmers,

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Oral Argument and Citizens’ Assembly

Family farmers from around North America filled Federal Court Judge Naomi Buchwald’s courtroom in Manhattan on Tuesday, January 31 to hear the oral arguments regarding the pre-trial motions to dismiss OSGATA et al v. Monsanto. Outside the courthouse in Foley Square, hundreds turned out for the Citizens’ Assembly of support for

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Learn more about OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto

WATCH: Dan Ravicher Video regarding OSGATA v Monsanto Learn more about some of the details of the case by watching video of Dan Ravicher speaking at the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, California. Dan is the Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation and a lecturer in law at Benjamin N.

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Interview with lead lawyer Dan Ravicher

An excellent and informative interview with Daniel Ravicher, the lead lawyer in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto. Daniel is the Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation and a lecturer in law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Listen HERE!

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OSGATA honors Erna Bennett, early pioneer for plant genetic resources

Erna Bennett, one of the early pioneers and fighters of genetic conservation, passed away at 86 years old. After active service in the Second World War in the Middle East and Greece, she returned to her studies. In her early postgraduate years she taught in England, and was engaged in cytogenetic

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OSGATA Launches Farmer Travel Fund!

Donate here to the Farmer Travel Fund! On 12/30/11 OSGATA launched a “Farmer Travel Fund” in an effort to send family farmers to represent their interests at a court hearing in New York on January 31, 2012.  This fund was established after the announcement that Judge Naomi Buckwald would hear

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Judge Considers Oral Arguments in Lawsuit Against Monsanto

Judge Naomi Buchwald announced yesterday that oral arguments on Monsanto’s motion to dismiss OSGATA et al v. Monsanto will be heard in federal district court January 31, 2012 in Manhattan. Judge Buchwald’s decision will establish if organic farmers are to see their day in court. The 83 family farmers, small

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