Over 270 000 organic farmers have stood up and sued Monsanto, a corporate agricultural giant. This was done with the help of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. The paperwork was submitted on the March 30th, 2011.
Monsanto is a huge multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny. This corporation produces genetically modified seeds to, in the end, produce a crop that is more enduring against the elements and pests. Monsanto also produces herbicides as well as pesticides.
The use of genetically modified seeds, increases the amount of produce yielded from agricultural lands, financially hurting smaller, family owned farms.
Monsanto is also a corporation with global presence. It is well established in a number of countries including the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, China, India, Slovakia and many more. In total, Monsanto can be found in 70 countries worldwide.
This corporation uses, among others, what is called Genuity® Roundup Ready® canola seeds which are blamed for the extinction of the heirloom canola oil.
What these organic farmers are after is preventing this from happening to other organic agricultural products, including corn, soybeans and a variety of other products.
It must be noted that most organic farms are not as financially strong as big corporations and fighting a giant like Monsanto is a huge step. Organic farms are mostly family-run and small, not producing s much as larger, corporate farms that use genetically modified seeds.
These farmers are after protecting not only themselves, but the future of organic farming and the availability of organic agricultural products. They use the land in the safest way possible to deliver the most healthy product, protecting natural resources and soil at the same time.
Furthermore, they are protecting themselves from accusations of stealing genetically modified seeds. Monsanto is known for suing farmers where their genetically modified seeds are growing without permission.
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Because of natural elements like wind, these seeds are blown into organic crop fields. The farmers do not want these modified seeds on their land, and if these seeds grow by accident, it is a patent infringement.
Organic farmers then have to pay a debt that is not theirs. The last thing they want it engineered seeds and genetically modified crops. It influences their organic quality, going against the business they are in.
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