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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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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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Bowman vs. Monsanto: Full Transcript Available

Bowman vs. Monsanto: Full Transcript Available

  On February 19, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Bowman vs. Monsanto- a case which holds the potential to affect patent law as we know it, seed and otherwise. Vernon Hugh Bowman is a 75-year-old soybean farmer from Sandborn, Indiana, who is challenging the concept of patent exhaustion on

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Full Transcript of Oral Argument in OSGATA et al. vs. Monsanto, January 10, 2013 Now Available

Full Transcript of Oral Argument in OSGATA et al. vs. Monsanto, January 10, 2013 Now Available

 Transcript of Oral Argument in OSGATA et al. vs. Monsanto, January 10, 2013 at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit   Featuring: Judge Wm. C. Bryson Judge Timothy B. Dyk Judge Kimberly A. Moore Attorney Daniel Ravicher, for Plaintiffs Attorney Seth Waxman, for Monsanto      

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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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