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Farmers vs. Monsanto: Family Farmers File Brief in Final Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Farmers vs. Monsanto: Family Farmers File Brief in Final Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

The Public Patent Foundation  recently filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto, in the hopes that the court would hear and reinstate the case of 73 American organic and conventional family farmers, seed businesses and

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Why Help OSGATA?

Why Help OSGATA?

Why Help OSGATA? Because Organic Begins with Seed. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) is the one national membership organization run by organic farmers and dedicated to protecting organic seed− and therefore your right of access to good organic food. Help us continue our important seed work by

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Saving Seed

Saving Seed

By The Cornucopia Institute, In the blink of the past 50 years, chemical corporations have come to control over 50% of the global seed supply. It’s a sharp departure from human history: farmers and individuals had saved local seeds for 14,000 years. “There is a global systemic crisis in how

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The Post GMO Economy

The Post GMO Economy

“The Post GMO Economy,” written by Elizabeth Royte and recently published in Modern Farmer, tells the tale of a paradigm shift from conventional farming to the widespread adoption of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and back again. Chris Huegerich, inherited the family calling in stewarding 2,800 acres of farmland in central Iowa. Huegerich’s

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Video Footage of OSGATA President on GE Foods Now Available

Video Footage of OSGATA President on GE Foods Now Available

OSGATA President and Maine organic farmer Jim Gerritsen recently spoke about the landmark OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit, as well as Maine’s GMO Labeling bill, as part of the University of Maine at Machias’s Food and Community lecture series. A video [1:31:12] of the November 13, 2013, panel discussion on

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New Report Documents Transgene Escape

New Report Documents Transgene Escape

A new report, Transgene Escape: Global atlas of uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered plants, was released in November 2013 by Testbiotech (Institute for Independent Impact Assessment in Biotechnology). This comprehensive resource provides a general overview of the spread of genetically engineered (GE) plants while outlining the properties of transgenic plants

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OSGATA President Speaks About Geneticall​y Engineered Food in Downeast Maine

OSGATA President Speaks About Geneticall​y Engineered Food in Downeast Maine

OSGATA President and Maine organic farmer Jim Gerritsen  will speak this Wednesday, November 13, at the University of Maine at Machias, in a panel session exploring the topics of genetically-engineered crops and food. Part of the discussion will focus on the landmark OSGATA et al v. Monsanto lawsuit, which challenges Monsanto’s genetically engineered

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Stop SB 633: Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act

Stop SB 633: Oregon's Monsanto Protection Act

  Please add your voice to support Oregon family farmers from a poorly written seed preemption bill, SB 633 – which is being called Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act. A Special Session will be held in the Oregon Legislature today (September 26 at 2:30 pm PST) and if SB 633 passes it

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American Farmers Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

American Farmers Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

On September 5, 2013, a group of 73 American organic and conventional family farmers, seed businesses and public advocacy groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to hear their case, known as OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto. The case challenges Monsanto’s patents on genetically engineered seed. It also acts to preemptively to protect the plaintiff-farmers from

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Justice Begins With Seeds

Justice Begins With Seeds

Unable to attend the Justice Begins With Seeds Conference in Seattle, OSGATA President and organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen wrote a letter which was read to conference participants. In it, Gerritsen discusses the recent ruling in the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit and its implications for American farmers. Gerritsen

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OSGATA President Interviewed : Family Farmers vs. Monsanto

OSGATA President Interviewed : Family Farmers vs. Monsanto

Filmmaker Mathieu Asselin recently interviewed OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen at his organic Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater, Maine. The brief video interview [5:50] splices excellent footage of organic seed potato planting with Gerritsen’s commentary on the landmark lawsuit, OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto. Commercial introduction of genetically engineered (GE) crops, commonly referred to as GMOs, in 1996

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Monsanto Bound to Promise Not To Sue Organic Farmers

Monsanto Bound to Promise Not To Sue Organic Farmers

  Today a decision was reached in the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. The three-judge panel ruled that a group of organic- and otherwise non-GMO- farmer and seed company plaintiffs are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto’s transgenic

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Genetically Engineered Wheat Found in Oregon Fields

Genetically Engineered Wheat Found in Oregon Fields

By Anna Mueller, Guest Blogger   Genetically engineered (GE) wheat was recently discovered in an Oregon field despite the fact that all GE wheat trials ended in 2005. According to NPR, this particular type of wheat- which was engineered to resist the herbicide glyphosate (aka “Roundup Ready”)- was never approved for commercial planting.     One Oregon wheat farmer found the strain

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OSGATA President Presents at Slow Money National Gathering

OSGATA President Presents at Slow Money National Gathering

  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

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Seeds: The Buried Beginnings of Food

Seeds: The Buried Beginnings of Food

According to environmental journalist Simran Sethi , the buried foundations of food and future-food are slowly disappearing. Of course, she’s talking about seeds: the memory of life and the wellspring of both food security and seed sovereignty. In a recent Tedx Talk from February 2013, Stethi leads her audience  exploration

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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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