Iowa Based Food Democracy Now! Joins Lawsuit Against Monsanto

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At Food Democracy Now! we believe that family farmers have a right to farm without threat and intimidation. We don’t think farmers should be sued because Monsanto’s patented genes from a neighbor’s field blow across their fence and contaminate their organic or conventional, non-GMO seeds. Actually, we’re outraged by this Orwellian practice and think it needs to stop.

That’s why we’re suing Monsanto in court to protect family farmers from unwanted genetic contamination of their crops and from Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits.

As an Iowa-based organization, we understand the threats and challenges that family farmers face every day. We don’t fight these battles from comfortable offices in Washington DC, but from the Heartland in rural Iowa where we see the harms from industrial agriculture firsthand. We know the risks that farmers face and we know what’s at stake if we don’t win.

Food Democracy Now! is on the front lines of the battle for the heart and soul of agriculture and a healthy food system, but we can only continue this work with your help today.

Can you chip in today so we can have the resources to stand up for family farmers? It’s time to end Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits and unwanted genetic contamination of our food! With your help we can win in 2014. Every bit counts!

Every year Monsanto investigates more than 500 family farmers for alleged patent “infringement” by sneaking onto their land. At Food Democracy Now! we find this outrageous and believe that it needs to stop immediately.

That’s why in March 2011, Food Democracy Now! joined the lawsuit Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto during the first round of plaintiffs, in what could be an historic lawsuit to protect family farmers and challenge the legitimacy of Monsanto’s patents on their genetically engineered (GMO) seeds and their right to sue farmers indiscriminately.

In the past 16 years Monsanto has sued 150 farmers and filed charges against more than another 700 farmers who settled out of court rather than face a brutal and expensive lawsuit versus Monsanto, who has a team of aggressive lawyers and endless resources.

Earlier this month, our case was filed with the Supreme Court as family farmers are waiting to have their day in court.

Donate today to stand with family farmers versus Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits and unwanted genetic contamination to help us continue our important work. Your donation before December 31st will help us meet our fundraising goal.

Like most Americans, we believe that farmers have the right to farm how they choose, and that any inadvertent genetic contamination that they experience through no fault of their own should not open them up to frivolous patent infringement lawsuits by biotech bully Monsanto.

It’s an outrage that this can happen, but right now in America that’s just the case. Every year biotech chemical and seed giant Monsanto sends its “seed police” out into the fields of unsuspecting farmers, where they steal farmer’s plants to have them tested in their labs to see if they contain Monsanto’s patented genes.

It sounds crazy, that Monsanto’s seed police could sneak onto a farmers’ field without permission, but that’s exactly what they do.

Earlier this year, we traveled to Washington, DC with family farmers to face Monsanto in Appeals Court. Unfortunately, the court dismissed our case, agreeing with Judge Naomi Buchwald who ruled last year that we overestimated the threat Monsanto poses to farmers with their abusive lawsuits and the risk that farmers face from unwanted genetic contamination of their crops.

It’s outrageous that American farmers are still bullied by Monsanto, which is why we joined to appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect family farmers and our food supply!

With your help, we can continue to keep this case at the forefront of the fight to stand up for farmers against abusive and frivolous patent infringement lawsuits.

Can you donate today to make sure we have the resources to fight for farmers in the coming year? We can’t do it without you! Click here to donate $10 or more. Every bit counts.

Thank you for participating in food democracy,

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

P.S. We understand that not everyone is in a position to donate and want to thank everyone for whatever contribution they can make, whether it’s sharing this information with their friends and family or forwarding this email to whoever they think might be interested in this vital issue. It takes a movement to change the world and we thank each and everyone for their support.

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