During the Bush administration, Monsanto illegally won USDA approval for its genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa by convincing regulators to bypass a mandatory environmental review. In response to a lawsuit by consumer groups, the courts then stepped in and banned GE alfalfa until the USDA followed the law.
Even worse, the USDA concluded that the possibility of contamination of organic fields is of no concern, since consumers won’t care if their organic food or milk contains genetically engineered components.
Wood Prairie Farm Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen, president of lead plaintiff Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. Seventy-five family farmers, seed businesses and agricultural organizations representing more than 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms filed a brief on July 5 with the U.S.
- America’s Family Farmers Fight Monsanto’s Scorched Earth Legal Campaign of Threats and Intimidation (paramuspost.com)
- Organic Farmers File Appeal Against Monsanto (osgata.org)
- Farmers Continue Fight Against Monsanto (commondreams.org)