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Excerpt: "Willie Nelson, President of Farm Aid, has recently called for the national Occupy movement to declare an 'Occupy the Food System' action.... Hundreds of citizens, (even including NYC chefs in their white chef hats) joined Occupy the Food System groups, i.e. Food Democracy Now, gathered outside the Federal Courts in Manhattan on January 31st, to sup port organic family farmers in their landmark lawsuit against Big Agribusiness giant Monsanto."

Singer, songwriter and American poet Willie Nelson. (photo: unknown)
Singer, songwriter and American poet Willie Nelson. (photo: unknown)



300,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto in Federal Court

By Jane Ayers, NationofChange

15 February 12

 

Thanks to RSN for reprinting my article from NationofChange... and thanks to the 13,000+ Likes so far... Just want to make one correction: The title that RSN used was not what I originally wrote so I wanted to point that out because Willie Nelson is not one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, he just called for the national Occupy the Food System. Read the article and find the group's name on the lawsuit, go to their website, and find the list of plaintiffs. Once again, thanks to RSN for reprinting this article, and also it was nice to see Willie's picture, as the editorial focused on his work for farmers too.

Take care, Jane Ayers

 

NOTE: Although it is clear that Mr. Nelson serves as an inspiration to Occupy the Food System groups, we have defaulted to the author's original title to avoid any confusion about his active participation in the lawsuit. - JPS/RSN

ittle did Willie Nelson know when he recorded "Crazy" years ago just how crazy it would become for our cherished family farmers in America. Nelson, President of Farm Aid, has recently called for the national Occupy movement to declare an "Occupy the Food System" action.

Nelson states, "Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, destruction of our soil…"

Hundreds of citizens, (even including NYC chefs in their white chef hats) joined Occupy the Food System groups, ie Food Democracy Now, gathered outside the Federal Courts in Manhattan on January 31st, to support organic family farmers in their landmark lawsuit against Big Agribusiness giant Monsanto. (Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association v. Monsanto) Oral arguments were heard that day concerning the lawsuit by 83 plaintiffs representing over 300,000 organic farmers, organic seed growers, and organic seed businesses.

The lawsuit addresses the bizarre and shocking issue of Monsanto harassing and threatening organic farmers with lawsuits of "patent infringement" if any organic farmer ends up with any trace amount of GM seeds on their organic farmland.

Judge Naomi Buckwald heard the oral arguments on Monsanto’s Motion to Dismiss, and the legal team from Public Patent Foundation represented the rights of American organic farmers against Monsanto, maker of GM seeds, [and additionally, Agent Orange, dioxin, etc.]

After hearing the arguments, Judge Buckwald stated that on March 31st she will hand down her decision on whether the lawsuit will move forward to trial.

Not only does this lawsuit debate the issue of Monsanto potentially ruining the organic farmers’ pure seeds and crops with the introduction of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) seeds anywhere near the organic farms, but additionally any nearby GM fields can withstand Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides, thus possibly further contaminating the organic farms nearby if Roundup is used.

Of course, the organic farmers don’t want anything to do with that ole contaminated GM seed in the first place. In fact, that is why they are certified organic farmers. Hello? But now they have to worry about getting sued by the very monster they abhor, and even have to spend extra money and land (for buffers which only sometimes deter the contaminated seed from being swept by the wind into their crop land). At this point, they are even having to resort to not growing at all the following organic plants: soybeans, corn, cotton, sugar beets, and canola, …just to protect themselves from having any (unwanted) plant that Monsanto could possibly sue them over.

"Crazy, crazy for feeling so….."

The farmers are suffering the threat of possible loss of Right Livelihood. They are creating good jobs for Americans, and supplying our purest foods. These organic farmers are bringing Americans healthy food so we can be a healthy Nation, instead of the undernourished and obese kids and adults that President Obama worries so much about us becoming.

So what was President Obama doing when he appointed Michael Taylor, a former VP of Monsanto, as Sr. Advisor to the Commissioner at the FDA? The FDA is responsible for "label requirements" and recently ruled under Michael Taylor’s time as FDA Food Czar that GMO products did not need to be labeled as such, even though national consumer groups loudly professed the public’s right to know what is genetically modified in the food system. Sadly to remember: President Obama promised in campaign speeches that he would "let folks know what foods are genetically modified." These are the conflict of interests that lead to the 99% movement standing up for the family farmers.

Just look at the confusing headlines lately that revealed that mid-western farms of GM corn will be sprayed with 2,4-D toxins found in the deadly Agent Orange. Just refer to the previous lawsuits taken all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court by U.S. Veterans who tried to argue the dangers of Monsanto’s Agent Orange, and high rates of cancers in our soldiers who had to suffer the side effects from their wartime exposures in Vietnam.

In 1980 alone, when all this mess started with corporations wiping out the livelihoods of family farmers, the National Farm Medicine Center reported that 900 male farmers in the Upper Midwest committed suicide. That was nearly double the national average for white men. Even sadder is the fact that some of the farmers’ children also committed suicide. Studies show that when one generation of family farmers lose their farms, then the next generation usually can’t revive the family business and traditions later.

Jim Gerritsen, President of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, has pointed out that there are 5th and 6th generation family farmers being pushed off their farms today, and because of a "climate of fear" (from possible lawsuits from Monsanto), they can’t grow some of the food they want to grow.

These farmers are the ones who have been able to survive the changes over the past twenty years by choosing to go into the budding niche of organic farming. Now look at what they have to deal with while trying to grow successful businesses: Monsanto’s threats.

Even organic dairy farmers have had to suffer lawsuits ( from Monsanto) when they labeled their organic milk "non-BGH" referring to Monsanto’s bovine growth hormone used by conventional dairies.

Consumers want organic food, and they want America’s pure food source to stay protected in America. Made in America, organically, is the way of the future, and family farmers and seed businesses should be free to maintain their high standards for organic foods. They deserve protection from Big Agribusiness’ dangerous seeds trespassing on their croplands, not to mention the use of pesticides and herbicides on GM crops. The organic industry has an "organic seal" which is also important to the success of family businesses, and even that stamp of quality is threatened by the spread of Monsanto’s GM seed contaminating their pure seed banks.

The Banking industry is also partly to blame. Years before the mortgages and home fiasco we have now, the farmers were the first to feel the squeeze. I interviewed Willie Nelson in the 1980’s, and he mentioned even then the high rates of farmer suicides, and that Farm Aid was receiving letters from family farmers saying the banks had "called in their loans", even though "we had never missed a payment". Was this just a veiled land grab for fertile lands, or to intentionally bankrupt independent family farmers?

It was so inspiring years ago when Michelle Obama planted an organic garden at the White House. It was a great precedent for the future, but what happened? It was ruined when they discovered sewer sludge from previous Administrations had contaminated their beautiful soil where the organic vegetables were planted. Just one small upset but it was remedied for future plantings. What about our whole country’s organic food supply being contaminated by previous Adminstrations’ bad choices? Why did they ever allow Monsanto to introduce genetically engineered seeds into our pure, organic, and heirloom stockpiles across America in the first place?

Recently, the Obama Administration, in an effort to boost food exports, signed joint agreements with agricultural biotechnology industry giants, including Monsanto, to remove the last barriers for the spread of more genetically modified crops.

But in this recent lawsuit filed by the Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, it was argued that a previous contamination of a "genetically engineered variety of rice", named Liberty Link 601, in 2006, before it was approved for human consumption, "extensively contaminated the commercial rice supply, resulting in multiple countries banning the import of U.S. rice." The worldwide economic loss was "upward to $1.285 billion dollars" due to the presence of GMOs…

What are everyday Americans going to do to turn it around, to get rid of Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and its dangerous threat to America’s heirloom and organic seed caches?

There is high rate of cancer in America, and eating healthier, especially organic foods, has been shown to have great benefits in beating cancer and other diseases. When we have Agribusiness threatening independent family farmers, which leads to the farmers feeling so scared that they don’t even plant their organic crops that Americans need, then perhaps we can all see what the 99% Occupy Movement is trying to say about their conflict of interest and seemingly abuse of powers.

Willie Nelson just released a new poem on You Tube: "We stand with Humanity, against the Insanity, We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for… We’re the Seeds and we’re the Core, We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for; We’re the ones with the 99%."

Monsanto’s practices are a clear example of the wrong direction that the 99% want our country to go in. How about shining some light on Monsanto, and before it is too late, realize the dangers of genetically modified seeds which are contaminating the world’s food supply.

"Crazy, crazy for feeling so…… 99% .

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+162 # Tippitc 2012-02-15 10:51
Thank you Willie for continuing to 'fight the good fight'. The so-called government in this country has run completely off the road - they allow this evil to run wild. Patenting life!?!?!? - I don't know what they are smoking in DC but perhaps they should make sure it is organic!!
 
 
+138 # Karlus58 2012-02-15 11:21
"So what was President Obama doing when he appointed Michael Taylor, a former VP of Monsanto, as Sr. Advisor to the Commissioner at the FDA?

Yes...who can answer this vital question?
And let me add....Geithner , Summers, Daly,et. al......
 
 
+57 # ChickenBoo 2012-02-15 17:26
Quoting Karlus58:
"So what was President Obama doing when he appointed Michael Taylor, a former VP of Monsanto, as Sr. Advisor to the Commissioner at the FDA?

Yes...who can answer this vital question?
And let me add....Geithner, Summers, Daly,et. al......

Go Willie! I do worry though...rememb er, over a million folks came together to sue Wal-Mart, and ONE JUDGE was able to throw the whole thing out. Monsanto is (probably) bigger then Wal-Mart, and besides, he's the presidents friend!
Willie is my hero....
 
 
+6 # RLF 2012-02-16 06:51
At every level we see that the real Republican front runner is Obama!
 
 
+82 # Barbara K 2012-02-15 11:22
Great news! Need to get Monsanto's wife out of our Congress so the influence peddling can stop. We don't need their stuff poisoning us and the rest of the world. Lots of people have digestive problems now, want to guess what is causing all the illness?

NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN !!

Our future is at stake
 
 
+25 # robert r 2012-02-16 04:55
Quoting Barbara K:
Great news! Need to get Monsanto's wife out of our Congress so the influence peddling can stop. We don't need their stuff poisoning us and the rest of the world. Lots of people have digestive problems now, want to guess what is causing all the illness?

NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN !!

Our future is at stake


I can understand that you think all the problems in the world might be political. I do not see it this way. Here is a list of people from the same company that is mentioned. Barack Obama is supported by corporations as much if not more than most the other candidates, except maybe Romney who is supported. You can use the following website to search who is funding each candidate by company.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/search.php?cid=N00009638&name=%28all%29&employ=Monsanto&state=%28all%29&zip=%28any+zip%29&submit=OK&amt=a&sort=A
 
 
+17 # bikewriter 2012-02-15 11:44
See more on this story here.
http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/02/farmers-sue-monsanto-gmo-patents/

I included a link back to this article.
 
 
+117 # Interested Observer 2012-02-15 11:56
The first step is to eliminate the legal option to patent life across the board.
 
 
+78 # reiverpacific 2012-02-15 12:01
I think we should get a petition together to challenge this judge to go forward with the trial and try to get it on to the owner-media too.
Monsanto needs to have their wings clipped starting here and moving globally, to demonstrate to their appalling lawyers and lobbyists that they are not omnipotent, for the good of the planet and it's people. Critical mass with "Occupy" is the only way to choke them with their own arrogance.
I don't know how to do this (petition forming) on my computer, my skills not reaching in that direction but I'd sure as hell sign, help to distribute and support it. Any taker?
And while we're at it find out which Senators and Congress-critte rs are working on their behalf, shout it to the heavens and vote 'em out of office!
Thanks Willie!
 
 
+100 # Interested Observer 2012-02-15 12:03
The next step is for farmers whose fields have been polluted by unwanted and unsolicited GM growths to SUE Monsanto, its supply chain, and possibly neighboring farm operations for negligence. Most of this is caused by ordinary drift, and seed escaping from poorly contained transport of the GM seeds. Construing this as theft and patent infringement is an outrageous perversion of the law and fact in the service of corporate aggression and greed. Life forms once released into the world cannot be expected to remain contained indefinitely. As there is no realistic way to enforce such a patent, there should be no such patent.
 
 
+1 # david webster 2013-01-14 17:53
Quoting Interested Observer:
The next step is for farmers whose fields have been polluted by unwanted and unsolicited GM growths to SUE Monsanto, its supply chain, and possibly neighboring farm operations for negligence. Most of this is caused by ordinary drift, and seed escaping from poorly contained transport of the GM seeds. Construing this as theft and patent infringement is an outrageous perversion of the law and fact in the service of corporate aggression and greed. Life forms once released into the world cannot be expected to remain contained indefinitely. As there is no realistic way to enforce such a patent, there should be no such patent.

monsanto is sueing incent farmers in canada like myself when lose a nongmo market for my soybeans and the money that goes with it. i my case over $15,000 yet they would not even send a rep out to checkout the plants that one in 1 pod that was roundup ready and we believe it was spread by bees david webster brusels ont canada 5198879299
 
 
+66 # bugbuster 2012-02-15 12:23
Imagine the hubris of these scientists thinking they can outwit Mother Nature. She has been in this business for billions of years. She has seen everything.

Do these snot-nosed upstarts think they're going to put anything over on her? Already we're hearing about Mother's own superbugs adapting to their silly schemes and feasting on GM "pest-resistant " corn crops.
 
 
+9 # CandH 2012-02-18 23:14
And guess what? That's the plan...chemical treating in perpetuity, just like our perpetual warmongering with the next "other menace" syndrome. An MBA learns this, and assures this "perpetuity menace model" of existence remains the order of the day.
 
 
+55 # Majikman 2012-02-15 12:50
Gotta love Willie! One of the solutions, as I see it, is mass OWS demonstrations at all levels: the courts with their hired judges, every co-opted federal agency, congress, corporations, NGO's supported by the 1%. Molly Ivans had it right...get out in the streets banging pots and pans. There are more of us than them and we can turn things around.
 
 
+41 # ladywriter 2012-02-15 12:53
Thanks to RSN for reprinting my article from Nation of Change... and thanks to the 13,000+ Likes so far... Just want to make one correction: The title that RSN used was not what I originally wrote
so I wanted to point that out because Willie Nelson is not one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, he just called for the national Occupy the Food System. Read the article and find the group's name on the lawsuit, go to their website, and find the list of plaintiffs. Once again, thanks to RSN for reprinting this article, and also it was nice to see Willie's picture, as the editorial focused on his work for farmers too.... Take care,
 
 
+53 # jandermd 2012-02-15 12:55
Yea Willy, we need to push back and tell Obama we do not approve of lobbyists in the administration. Sue Monsanto!!!
 
 
+58 # Madrona 2012-02-15 12:57
The massacre of the family farm in the 1980's was no accident! It was due to a change in the tax laws and the subsequent drought. Before 1981, our income taxes were progressive--th ere were not very many exemptions. In 1981, Reagan (well his handlers actually--he already had signs of early Alzheimer's), passed a bunch of tax loop holes that would help the wealthy avoid paying taxes.
One of those loop holes meant that farm land was suddenly a great tax write off. You could make big bucks on your factory and your factory farm and they would cancel each other out, tax-wise.
2 years later, the worst drought since the great depression hit the Midwest. If you yank federal support from farmers during a drought, lots of farm land will suddenly be for sale CHEAP.
Rather than helping the farmers out, Reagan yanked the farm loans and interest rates went up to 12-14%. So 1/3 of the family farms became corporate owned. It would have been more but South Dakota had a Depression era law that said only a family could purchase a family farm.
The Posse commitatus and other militia movements grew out of this massacre of farmers. The chronically poor never rise up in rebellion--only people who've been forced into poverty by a ruling elite. Those are the people who become violent. The Oklahoma City bombing was a direct result of Reagan's massacre of the farmers.
 
 
+25 # Charlie Peters 2012-02-15 13:18
Stop using GMO Brazil fuel ethanol in my gas
 
 
+24 # Charlie Peters 2012-02-15 13:21
Audit the fed, Support HR 459
paul
 
 
+39 # quiethand 2012-02-15 13:21
This suit should be backed by the Organic Consumers Association and taken up with the WTO. The use of GMOs iscreating massive restraint of trade on a multi-billion$ business, as there is no way that drift can be accurately measured or controlled, putting organic crops at risk of being hugely devalued. Make the economic argument, use the tool of corporate dominance against them.
 
 
0 # arcadia11 2012-04-18 14:47
the oca is a united nations ngo. the whole gmo, chemtrail, agenda 21, codex alimentarius and all other egregious programs are un spawn. the oca and the wto are un and controlled opposition. there will never be real opposition from the very backbone of the un - which is the vehicle for global governance. time to bypass....

"the best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves" lenin
 
 
+39 # for the good of all 2012-02-15 14:23
Well it is about time someone shined the light on and took legal action against MONSTER-santo the Hood ornament on the Hummer of evil science bent on subverting Mother Nature and subjugating the world with their ghoulish FRANKEN-food (with apologies to Boris Karlof and the original loveable Frankenstein). But Mel Brooks had it right MONSTERsanto is "Aby-normal". Even worse, since an army crawls on its belly, this "Darth-tater" among evil forces on our planet is public enemy numero uno. Their poisonous seeds and the evil spawn they produce blow on the wind like Nuclear fall-out. This is the Puke-a-shima (with deep regard for those harmed in Japan recently) of North America spewing it's toxic wastes around the globe and calling it the sacred name of FOOD. MONSTER-santo breeds (which rhymes with greed) their vicious brood of indigestible imps, scatters them upon the sacred wind and then claims that healthy people are stealing their little brood of poisonous brats. Well this lawsuit means that they can have them all back for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it is just the beginning of the "Food Wars". The FARCE is with them, so may the "FORCE" of health, vitality and Organic well-being, be with everyone and don't put little Monster-santos in the crib or highchair of your babies. Monsters hate light...shine you light of truth and compassion on this ugly perversion and assert your right for healthy natural food." Jeffrey Armstrong
 
 
+45 # GabbyHayes 2012-02-15 15:17
Willie Nelson once again inspires me to love the raging anger and demand for individualism that is America at its best. God bless Willie Nelson.
 
 
+56 # ina 2012-02-15 15:21
It is about time....thank you Willie and all who are standing up against Monsanto.
Can't beleieve Bill gates supports Monsanto...Also Monsanto has people in key goverment positions that need to be exposed.Bill gates Microsoft needs to be boycotted...AME RICA MUST STOP MONSANTO!!!
 
 
+15 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-16 18:01
Bill Gates supports money
 
 
+55 # Eliza D 2012-02-15 17:18
Barbara K-I think you are a good soul, and I love your posts, but it's not just the Republicans who are betraying their constituents.Ob ama appointed Taylor to one off the most important posts in the US-advisor to the chief of the FDA. What could be more fragile and essential than the quality of our food supply? Personally, I am growing more and more organic food for my family,but what about all the children who don't have parents who are savvy enough to protect their children from the pesticide-infec ted food supply? Studies are finding that the Bt insecticide genes inserted into almost all corn,potatoes, and many other foods in our country are starting to appear in the blood of pregnant women! How could our president encourage, let alone allow this travesty? We need change fast in this country. Thank you Willie Nelson for being part of the first wave.
 
 
+31 # lark3650 2012-02-16 09:12
Putting Michael Taylor in the position of Chief of the FDA is like putting a fox in charge of the chicken coop. President Obama's words and actions do not match....and the GOP candidates?...f olks, we are in deep dodo.
 
 
+38 # Healthy Author 2012-02-16 15:49
As a nutritionist and author, I often lecture about the advantages of wholesome and organic food for optimum health. Recently I've done nothing but research the Monsanto issue; its effects on our food supply are appalling...to the extent that I don't even know what to say to those people in my audience who only have access to "ordinary supermarket" fare and stare at me blankly when I talk about genetically modified crops which have infiltrated our food supply. Pure, natural (aka unmodified) food should be one of our basic rights as Americans, nay, as HUMAN BEINGS. Shame on the government for making us fight so hard to make it so.

Michele Jacobson, Certified Clinical Nutritionist
www.justbecauseyoureanamerican.com
 
 
+23 # christophercook 2012-02-16 16:09
Thank you Willie Nelson for your awesome leadership on Occupy the Food System! I wanted to encourage you and your fans who care about food and farms to check out my book, Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis--it's all about the corporate takeover of our food system and what that means for our future. I thought you'd be interested, it's all about how we Big Food took over our food and farms, and what it means for our society and planet. Thanks again Willie!
 
 
+27 # Tippitc 2012-02-16 16:39
Farmers suing Monsanto sounds good but they do not have the resources to do that - I don't know any small farmer who has hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly millions to "drag" monsanto into court. And Monsanto has beat them to the punch - not only can they sue the farmer who bought their GM seed, they trespass on the neighboring farms and steal the evidence they need to sue them also. Watch the video "The World According to Monsanto" - these assholes play dirty and they play for keeps!!
 
 
+18 # Healthy Author 2012-02-17 07:55
I'm sure you're right about the resources, but so much of mainstream America just has NO IDEA about this issue! Most of the people I speak to are only wondering if their apples are organic; and while that's a good thing, there are certainly deeper issues.

Willie Nelson has now leant his face and fame to this, and that's something that American's can relate to and will now wake up and pay attention to.
 
 
+6 # John Steinsvold 2012-02-16 23:27
An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
~ Albert Einstein
 
 
+5 # WFO 2012-02-18 23:40
Quoting John Steinsvold:
An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
~ Albert Einstein


From each according to his ability, to each according to his need?

What we need is an honest money system, not the current debt based fractional reserve usury system (Babylonian moneychanger racket) . In a debt based fractional reserve usury system, a government protected few are allow to create money (debt) without work, while the rest of us have to work for it.

Honest money allows for division of labor and specialization - and a higher standard of living because of quality and productivity - without the parasitic drain of fractional reserve usury.
 
 
+8 # Clint 2012-02-17 17:57
Quoting robert r:
Quoting Barbara K:
Great news! Need to get Monsanto's wife out of our Congress so the influence peddling can stop. We don't need their stuff poisoning us and the rest of the world. Lots of people have digestive problems now, want to guess what is causing all the illness?

NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN !!

Our future is at stake


I can understand that you think all the problems in the world might be political. I do not see it this way. Here is a list of people from the same company that is mentioned. Barack Obama is supported by corporations as much if not more than most the other candidates, except maybe Romney who is supported. You can use the following website to search who is funding each candidate by company.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/search.php?cid=N00009638&name=%28all%29&employ=Monsanto&state=%28all%29&zip=%28any+zip%29&submit=OK&amt=a&sort=A


From the years 1976 - 1979, Thomas worked as an attorney for Monsanto. Thomas in the soybeans case did not see this as a conflict of interest and has not recused himself.
I am do not buy round up, or any thing that says Monsanto on it.
 
 
+9 # Jeremiah Prophet 2012-02-17 23:39
While this domination is sad and will be much more difficult to stomach so will the foods produced. Soybeans (can be eaten but are not good nourishment, corn (not fit to eat especially field corn), cotton, sugar beets (cane produces better sugars for humans to eat) , and canola (biggest problems with highly processed and refined vegetable oils such as corn oil, soybean oil, and yes, even canola oil, is that the polyunsaturated component of the oil is highly unstable under heat, light, and pressure, and this heavily oxidizes the polyunsaturates which increases free radicals in your body. The end result of all of this refining and processing are oils that are highly inflammatory in your body when you ingest them, potentially contributing to heart disease, weight gain, and other degenerative diseases)http:/ /www.truthabout abs.com/the-can ola-oil-decepti on.html), do not produce anything fit for human consumption anyway. There is probably not much profit in growing organic cotton as nothing from the cotton plant is fit for food.
Let Monsanto grow them. Organic farmers grow things fit for food so we an buy them.
 
 
+18 # tnkocsis 2012-02-18 12:17
I, too, think it's rediculous that Monsanto can sue farmers who have trace amounts of GM in their seed supply. Turn this around on Monsanto and sue them for contaminating off-site seed-sources and endangering the livelihood of neighboring farm families.
 
 
+20 # disgusted American 2012-02-18 16:57
Blaming only Monsanto doesn't cut to the chase. Take a good look at who enables Monsanto:

Obama
Democrats on Capitol Hill
Republicans on Capitol Hill

When the food bill was signed into law not that long ago, Pelosi said to the American people: Now food will be safe for your children.

Don't vote for Democrats or Republicans b/c if you do, you show them that what they are doing is OK with you.

btw, ever occur to any of you that Big Pharma and the health insurance cartels is in bed with Monsanto? Spelled out this means people get sick from Monsanto poisons, GMOs and food with no nutrition and guess who makes out? AND, don't forget, this includes Democrats and Republicans who take lobbyist payola from all three: Monsanto, Big Pharma and the hc cartel.
 
 
+5 # Polar Bear 2012-02-18 23:05
Willie Nelson has done a lot,but he is no match for Vandana Shiva in fighting Monsanto
 
 
+10 # Kristy 2012-02-19 07:20
Willie Nelson for PRESIDENT!
 
 
+2 # hollki1 2012-02-21 11:38
sign the petition for a constitutional amendment against corporate personhood! see Jim McGovern's page
 
 
+3 # Douglas Jack 2012-02-22 10:23
Organic food in keeping with humanity & life's ecological history nourishes a whole complex of life on earth. Indigenous 3-dimensional Polyculture Orchard roots reach tens of metres into the earth's crust to mine minerals, pump water & harvest massive nutrient colonies. Polyculture orchards harvest 92 - 98% of solar energy & through photosynthesis convert it into matter, energy & water cycle. Humans made a huge mistake on cutting down this richness to 2-D 'agriculture' (Latin 'ager' = 'field'). Agriculture roots descend only centimetres and these annual plants only absorb 2 - 8% of solar energy. From stewards of nature, humans became 'farmers' (French 'ferme' = 'contract of servitude between the peasant and the aristocrat'). https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/design/food-materials-resouces Ever notice how we keep on repeating mistakes until we learn from them?
 
 
+5 # mamaly11 2012-02-23 17:58
Willie~~~you are the MAN~~~~thank-yo u for all you do....PEACE
 

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