North Carolina seed company joins class-action lawsuit against Monsanto that seeks protection against predatory patent lawsuits

Thursday, February 23, 2012
by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

Filed by the Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGTA) on behalf of more than 300,000 organic and non-GMO farmers, the lawsuit addresses an important issue for which few people are aware. Besides polluting the environment with toxic herbicides and tainting the food supply with untested genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the Monsanto Co. has a history of actually suing non-GMO and organic farmers whose crops have become contaminated with genetically-altered materials for supposed patent infringement.

“Monsanto has a monopoly over crops and over seed. And currently as the law exists, Monsanto can actually sue family farmers,” said Kristen Wartman, co-founder of Occupy Big Food, in a recent documentary short put together by the GRACE Communications Foundation.

“If their seed, which is genetically-modified, and if the pollen from that seed drifts on the family farmers’ crops, and then pollinates their seed, Monsanto can then go ahead and sue these family farmers for patent infringement. So this (lawsuit) is just basically so family farmers can protect their own livelihood and their own crops from Monsanto.”

“Unlabeled and untested, pollen drifting from GE crops is a threat to the integrity of organic and non-genetically modified crops. This is in direct conflict with our right to produce and consume pure, natural food.”

via North Carolina seed company joins class-action lawsuit against Monsanto that seeks protection against predatory patent lawsuits.

Food from the Sky Lands on North London

Food from the Sky Lands on North London

If “local” is the new “organic,” this idea’s the next big thing.

By Adam Trunell & Derek Doneen
August 26, 2011

Y’know how our beloved world cities are sorta packed to the gills with glass, steel, and concrete, leaving little room to cultivate life’s essentials, like healthy, organic produce?

Food from the Sky has a solution.

Food from the Sky from TakePart on Vimeo.

By putting a garden on a supermarket rooftop, where freshly-picked produce can stock shelves a mere 30 feet downstairs, Azul-Valarie Thome and Andrew Thornton transformed Thornton’s Budgens of Crouch End into a world’s first.

via Food from the Sky Lands on North London | TakePart – News, Culture, Videos and Photos That Make the World Better.

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