Tell the USDA what you really think
Acorn’s primary income engine is the seed business, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. There are lots of wonderful things about this business. We are advancing organic, heritage and non-GMO seeds. We are fighting Monsanto’s effort to contaminate the food supply and bankrupt small farmers.
Every so often the government asks what we think about what is happening in the world of agriculture. Until March 4th you can comment to the USDA on the “agricultural coexistence between GMOs and non-GMO crops.” Here is the link if you want to comment identifying yourself. Here is the link if you want to comment anonymously. Here are the perfectly reasonable things which Southern Exposure wrote in our formal comments.
But i don’t want to be reasonable, because i am furious. When i describe to people what is really happening with Monsanto the first general reaction is disbelief. As it stands now, Monsanto’s army of lawyers have completely trampled property law. As it stands now, Monsanto can sneak onto your property, steal your crops, have them tested and then if they find trace contamination by their GMO strains (at even trace levels) they begin a legal assault on you which forces you to choose 1) to go bankrupt defending yourself or 2) require you to agree to their terms which include never going public about the abuse they put you through. This is classic corporate criminal behavior.
Monsanto has been extremely effectively silencing farmers on GMO contamination for many years, with threats of lawsuits and legal action. One of the few silver linings of the case we mostly lost against Monsanto is that it does set a 1% contamination threshold so that real trace amounts can’t be used to bankrupt farmers.
But what i really want is for some Monsanto criminal technician to bust onto some farmers land who lives in a Stand Your Ground state or one which has strong trespassing laws. And then for the property owner to shoot him. Okay i don’t want to kill anyone, but the current madness is Orwellian and must stop. Monsanto should know that this predatory legal behavior is not safe.
[Edited by Judy Youngquest]