US Farmers Fight Monsanto’s Scorched Earth Legal Campaign | Food Freedom News

US Farmers Fight Monsanto’s Scorched Earth Legal Campaign | Food Freedom News.

Interesting piece about a group of farmers and seed companies trying to fend off Monsanto. If we want to challenge the power of huge trans-national companies like Monsanto, we have to get some traction in the court system. The best thing we can do as individuals to this end is provide financial support for farmer’s legal representation.

Monsanto might have deep pockets, but there are more of us than there are of them.

6 thoughts on “US Farmers Fight Monsanto’s Scorched Earth Legal Campaign | Food Freedom News

  1. patsquared2

    Shared and shared again! Cannot believe we have actually become the “nation of sheep” that was predicted in the 1950’s by Phillip Wylie. Thanks for sharing this. now that I have a full time job I don’t have a lot of time to dig…

  2. oceannah

    While that may be true, (there sure are a bunch more of ‘us’) it really isn’t that simple. NOTHING will change until policy is changed. The current revolving door between the FDA and Monsanto (ie: Michael Taylor) is just another sickening page in the politics of $$…this simple truth is the best defense KNOW YOUR FARMER!

    1. The Slow Foods Mama Post author

      You’re right about that. It’s ridiculous that there is such movement between the two. I don’t know what the situation is like here with Health Canada . . And it’s not going to be a single tactic that makes change – but in my experience in human rights law, a well-publicized case can cause enough public uproar to change policy, even if the case itself doesn’t create a legal precedent. Conversely, I watched legitimate cases get squashed for lack of funds for proper legal representation.

      And you never know – Percy Schmeiser, a farmer from my parent’s home province of Saskatchewan, took on Monsanto for contaminating his crops and WON!

  3. oceannah

    You’re right of course, a well publicized case will sometimes have effect…but I fear even that avenue is narrowing as the same revolving door(s) that put people on the USDA & FDA exist on the bench. The worst example being Supreme Court Justice and former Monsanto lawyer Clarence Thomas. Not only did he NOT recuse himself from a case he clearly had no business ruling on, he is reprehensible as a person.

    Hurrah for Percy Schmeiser!!

    1. The Slow Foods Mama Post author

      Yes I have to say what’s happening in the States in that regard is pretty scary, and is not inline with basic legal values of procedural fairness and neutrality.

      I guess that lack of impartiality is the kind of thing we need to holler about more. If we can put political pressure on government to stop that, maybe we’ll have a chance. Like I said, my previous work experience gave me insight into how screwed up the legal system can be, but also that it isn’t completely immune to political pressure when it gets too big for its britches. I duno. I hold a kernel of hope . . . perhaps naively, but one things for sure, if we do nothing, nothing will change. I’m just not sure of the best way to fight it.


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