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Organic Plant Breeding Fellowships

OSGATA is excited to announce that Seed Matters, an initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation has awarded the first ever fellowships in organic plant breeding in United States history. The foundation is funding three Ph.D students in organic plant breeding at two public land grant universities: Washington State University

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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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Help OSGATA and Family Farmers ‘See their Day in Court!’

We wish to assemble free and peaceful citizens outside the Manhattan District court in an effort to present the important message to family farmers that millions of Americans stand behind them as they seek their day in court for the landmark case, OSGATA et al. v.  Monsanto. The lawsuit was

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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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Roundup herbicide faces big test!

Reuters Article: Cancer cause or crop aid? Herbicide faces big test By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missour “Critics say it’s a chemical that could cause infertility or cancer, while others see it speeding the growth of super weeds and causing worrying changes to plants and soil. Backers say it is

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Farmers Occupy Wall Street!

NEW YORK, December 4, 2011 — Today farmers from across the U.S. will participate in the Occupy Wall Street Farmers March to join in solidarity with efforts to expose corporate control of our food supply. Watch a video of Jim Gerritsen at the Occupy Farmers March The event begins at

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OSGATA President named an Utne Reader 2011 Visionary

OSGATA congratulates our President, Jim Gerritsen, one of Utne Reader’s “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” Deemed the Organic Food Champion by the Utne Reader, we couldn’t agree more. Gerritsen was selected for his ongoing work leading efforts by independent family farmers to protect themselves from the threat of Monsanto

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Just Label It!

OSGATA has joined an effort with more than 300 hundred organizations representing millions of Americans: the Just Label It: We Have A Right to Know campaign. In late September we filed a legal petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling on them to label all genetically engineered foods. Now the

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Seed Consolidation

4 Seed companies now control 56% of the global proprietary seed market. Seed consolidation constrains the opportunities for renewable agriculture, creating reductions in seed lines and a declining prevalence of seed saving.

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OSGATA President on KAWL Radio Show

Listen to “It’s Your Call” KAWL Radio Show with Rose Aguilar which originally aired on 9/15/11. The hour long show is an informative primer into the world of GMOs, focusing on the question: How are GMOs changing the landscape of food and farming? President of OSGATA, Jim Gerritsen, is interviewed regarding the lawsuit

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OSGATA Provides Comment to the National Organic Program

OSGATA submitted comments on September 12, 2011 in response to the National Organic Program‘s (NOP), “Draft Guidance: Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic Crop Production. ” After careful review, the OSGATA policy committee contests that the NOP should act further to support the commercial availability of organic seed. Given the

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Letter to Secretary Vilsack

On September 16, 2011, OSGATA along with 138 agricultural organizations sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack. Drafted by the National Organic Coalition, it calls for increased protection from transgenics/GMOs under the Plant Protection Act of 2000. Read the letter here.

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Monsanto Motions to Dismiss Family Farmers

Monsanto Motions to Dismiss Family Farmers

In response to a motion filed by Monsanto in mid-July to have the case, OSGATA et al. v.Monsanto, dismissed, the plaintiffs filed a brief in federal court on August 11, 2022 defending their right to seek legal protection from the threat of being sued for patent infringement. In support of the plantiffs’ right

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OSGATA’s comments to the USDA regarding Monsanto’s drought-tolerant corn

OSGATA's comments to the USDA regarding Monsanto's drought-tolerant corn

To whom it may concern:   Founded in January of 2008, OSGATA develops, protects, and promotes the organic seed trade and its growers. Our goal is to assure that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local

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National Geographic Study of Our Dwindling Food Variety

A very helpful visual: This chart shows the rapid decline of vegetable varieties from 1903 to 1983 when the study was conducted. The study found that 93% of the 66 crops which had been surveyed had gone extinct… Source: National Geographic

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White House Collusion with Biotech & FOI Lawsuit Filed

News Release From Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility (PEER) (7/21/2011) White House Pact with Industry to Push GE Plants High-Level Working Group Shielding Plan to Force GE Crops onto Wildlife Refuges WASHINGTON – July 21 – In an effort to boost exports, the Obama White House has entered into a

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