Appeal Filed In The Case Against Monsanto

scale_of_justice_whiteOn March 28, 2012, plaintiffs in the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto case, filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction to hear patent appeals. In what many see as David vs. Goliath case, organic and conventional farmers, small and family-owned seed companies committed to using  non-GMO seeds and agricultural trade groups, seek legal protection against accusations by Monsanto of patent infringement should the farmers’ fields become contaminated with genetically engineered seeds.

The case was originally filed on March 29, 2011 and was dismissed on February 24, 2012 by the District Court in New York. The District Court ruled that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the matter, meaning that, among other things, plaintiffs have not demonstrated actual or imminent injury that was  “traceable” to the defendant to continue with their case.

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    Environmental hazards

    “Our current knowledge does not provide us with the means to predict the ecological long-term effects of releasing organisms into the environment. So it is beyond the competence of the scientific system to answer such a question…

    The number of possibilities how the release of Genetically Engineered organisms into the environment may upset the ecology is very large. The possible complications are extremely difficult to evaluate. With few exceptions, governments all over the world are allowing the release of GE organisms into nature without requiring careful scientific investigation of the environmental consequences.

    This is nothing less than blind experimentation with the environment with unknown and unpredictable consequences, especially as the released genes cannot be recalled.

    “… some GMOs can possess genuinely new characteristics that may require greater scrutiny than organisms produced by traditional techniques of plant and animal breeding. Since long-term ecological impacts of GMOs may be extremely difficult to predict or study prior to commercialization, ESA strongly recommends a cautious approach to releasing GMOs into the environment.”

    Commercial application of genetical engineering for production of foods cannot be scientifically justified and carries with it unpredictable and potentially serious consequences.

    The reasons are as follows:

    The knowledge about the genes and how they work is too incomplete to make it possible to predict and understand all consequences of genetic engineering.

    The knowledge about the health safety of GE foods is seriously incomplete.

    The knowledge about the environmental safety of GE organisms is seriously incomplete.

    It has been scientifically established that unexpected effects can occur from genetic engineering that are hazardous to health and the surroundings.

    Science has established that there is no need for GE organisms for feeding the world or solving nutritional deficiency problems.

    Food biotechnology perpetuates environmentally unsustainable industrial agriculture. It is based on chemicals of various kinds that are demonstratedly harmful to health and to the environment.

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    “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

    ~Thomas Jefferson, 1781

    “There is No Right to Consume or Feed Children Any Particular Food; There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health; There is No Fundamental Right to Freedom of Contract.”

    ~US Dept of Health & Human Services and US Food & Drug Administration, 2010
    “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.”

    ~World Health Organization Constitution

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    To learn more about Monsanto’s Kellogg’s foods, genetically engineered alfalfa and sugar beets and Monsanto’s crimes (Monsanto Sues More Small Family Farmers). HTTP://

    Ya, and the FDA sleeps with Monsanto and Walmart !

    It’s a dam ménage à trois…

    And how is it that the majority of the heads at the FDA were former Monsanto employee’s? Hand picked by the Obama administration?