Genetic Modification … Some ways to fight a big fight

Reposted from Leslie Stem’s email:
On January 31st, Farmers, Seed Growers, and related organizations from all across the country will get to voice their grievances towards Monsanto at a hearing in Manhattan, fighting to see their potentially landmark case, Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et al. v. Monsanto, go to court. This case must see its day in court. This hearing is the first step by Monsanto to try to keep this from happening.
For those of you who don’t know the details about the case or why everyone who eats food should get behind the plaintiffs in this case, there is a good explanation here, courtesy of Fedco, one of the plaintiffs and my favorite seed company: http://www.fedcoseeds.com/seeds/lawsuit.htm
This explanation, also thorough, is courtesy of the organization actually pursuing the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs:http://www.pubpat.org/osgatavmonsantofiled.htm
I would also argue that this is not just about preserving organic purity, it is about keeping control of the seed supply, and hence food supply, from being owned primarily by one mega-corporation whose bottom line is money, not people nor the environment. For a fun read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto
So, what to do?
Right this second you can simply sign on to this timely petition being distributed by Food Democracy Now!, also a plaintiff in the suit:
Public support helps re-affirm the position that Monsanto’s patents are not beneficial to the public! You can also sign up to receive more notices from Food Democracy Now! I’m signed up and I can vouch that they aren’t too annoying, and one of the few groups on top of Monsanto’s actions, though I haven’t agreed with all of their stances on some issues.
If you’d like to financially support this case, please do!
One of the plaintiffs is raising funds to transport farmers to the hearing so that they can speak their truth. You can chip in to that fund here:
Or if you’d like to see the legal ball keep rolling, you can give to the Public Patent Foundation. You can make checks out to them and mail them to Attn Daniel B.
Ravicher, PUBPAT, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Ave., Suite 928, New York, NY 10003 or you can give to them online at:http://www.pubpat.org/Support.htm
And if you will be in New York City on January 31st, please consider coming out to show your support for the case. The plaintiffs have asked that you observe some agreed upon, peaceful strategies for the assembly. I will be there! Please join me! You should read what they are asking and you can RSVP (ha!) here:
Another way to contribute is to forward this email or any of the above links to as many people as you can, and then there’s that facebook, twitter, blog stuff…
Do whatever you do best, let’s just make some noise!
If you have any additional information on this struggle, or if you would like to keep working on it in additional capacities, please let me know.
Thanks for being awesome!
-Leslie
P.S. I will be producing posters for the assembly and beyond. Please send me slogans, designs or respond to come print this Saturday in Braddock! Please refer to slogan/sign guidelines in the assembly link.
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