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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OSGATA submitted comments on September 12, 2011 in response to the National Organic Program‘s (NOP), “Draft Guidance: Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic Crop Production.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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Wait, Did the USDA Just Deregulate All New Genetically Modified Crops?

MOTHER JONES By  Tom Philpott Fri Jul. 8, 2011 12:23 PM PDT It’s a hoary bureaucratic trick, making a controversial announcement on the Friday afternoon before a long weekend, when most people are daydreaming about what beer to buy on the way home from work, or are checking movie times

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Organic farmers expand lawsuit against Monsanto – June 03, 2011

Source: Nature, NewsBlog June 03, 2011 An ambitious lawsuit against the agricultural firm Monsanto got a little bigger this week, and a lawyer for the plaintiffs hopes that this is only the beginning. The case was initially filed in March by the Public Patent Foundation (PubPat), a non-profit legal services organization

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Family Farmers File Amended Complaint Against Monsanto

New threats by Monsanto have led to the filing of an amended complaint by the Public Patent  Foundation (PUBPAT) in its suit on behalf of family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations challenging Monsanto’s patents on genetically modified seed. After the initial March filing of the lawsuit Monsanto issued a

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Bat Crisis: OSGATA Joins Coalition to Protect Bats

Bat Crisis: OSGATA Joins Coalition to Protect Bats

A mysterious disease, called white-nose syndrome, is spreading across North America and killing  bats. Bats play a critical role in pest control. One study estimates that bats save 3.7 to 53 billion dollars a year in pesticide use. The loss of pest control by bat populations can threaten critical crops

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A Band of 60 Davids Challenges Monsanto, the Goliath, in Federal Court

A Band of 60 Davids Challenges Monsanto, the Goliath, in Federal Court Article Courtesy of knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom.com May 27th, 2011 According to a Federal lawsuit recently filed by the Public Patent Foundation [www.pubpat.org] in the Southern District of New York on behalf of the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter, Inc. [www.nofamass.org]

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Message from OSGATA President Re: Lawsuit against Monsanto

From President Jim Gerritsen, “Today is Independence Day for America.  Today we are seeking protection from the Court and putting Monsanto on notice.  Monsanto’s threats and abuse of family farmers stops here.  Monsanto’s genetic contamination of organic seed and organic crops ends now.  Americans have the right to choice in

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OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto: A Landmark Lawsuit

OSGATA joins 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations represented by the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT)  in filing a lawsuit against Monsanto on March 29, 2011. This preemptive seeks ruling that would prohibit Monsanto from suing organic, as well as other non-transgenic, farmers and seed growers if their

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Farmers and Consumer Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Genetically Engineered Alfalfa Approval

Press Release – Center for Food Safety March 18, 2011 – “Roundup Ready” Alfalfa Will Increase Pesticide Use and Cause Grave Harm to Environment and Organic Industry USDA Failures Guarantee Transgenic Contamination, Creation of More Superweeds Today, attorneys for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the

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USDA Releases RR Alfalfa

Agriculture Agency Approves Planting of Modified Alfalfa New York Times Jan 28, 2011 ANDREW POLLACK Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would authorize the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa, setting aside a controversial compromise that had generated stiff opposition. In making the decision, Mr. Vilsack pulled back from a

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NOCs Position on GMO contamination

National Organic Coalition’s (NOC) piece on GMO Contamination Prevention:  What Will It Take. COEXISTENCE AND GMO CONTAMINATION website: http://www.nationalorganiccoalition.org/GMO/GMOContaminationPrevention.pdf.    

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