Fucked in America
Judge sides with Billionaire Agri-Business corporation and denies small farmers their day in court.
- Corporate America uses its billions of dollars to bully small family farmers.
- Nearly 1,000 farmers have had charges brought against them.
- Seed drift and pollen drift from genetically engineered crops often contaminate neighboring fields. Monsanto then legally bullies their competitors for having their seeds on the neighbor's lands.
- Courts fail again and again to protect the little guy against the corporations with deep pockets.
There is almost no justice in modern day America.
The court system favors giant deep-pocket billionaire corporations and the government itself against simple common people. Unless you have millions to defend yourself in court you are royally fucked. What passes for "justice" is simply court rulings going to the highest bidder.
On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down a ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn et al v. Monsanto after hearing oral argument on January 31st in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf of organic farmers, seed growers and agricultural organizations representing farmers and citizens was met with great disappointment by the plaintiffs reports Infowars.
Monsanto’s history of aggressive investigations and lawsuits brought against farmers in America have been a source of concern for organic and non-GMO farmers since Monsanto’s first lawsuit brought against a farmer in the mid-90′s. Since then, 144 farmers have had lawsuits brought against them by Monsanto for alleged violations of their patented seed technology.
Monsanto has brought charges against more than 700 additional farmers who have settled out-of-court rather than face Monsanto’s belligerent litigious actions. Many of these farmers claim to not have had the intention to grow or save seeds that contain Monsanto’s patented genes. Seed drift and pollen drift from genetically engineered crops often contaminate neighboring fields. If Monsanto’s seed technology is found on a farmer’s land without contract they can be found liable for patent infringement.
“Family farmers need the protection of the court,” said Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen, President of lead plaintiff OSGATA. "Family farmers deserve our day in court and this flawed ruling will not deter us from continuing to seek justice.”
A copy of Judge Buchwalds ruling is located here.
The plaintiffs brought this suit against Monsanto to seek judicial protection from such lawsuits and challenge the validity of Monsanto’s patents on seeds.