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.

In court Monsanto was incredulous at the claim they would sue farmers "They are our customers" they claimed.

In court Monsanto was incredulous at the claim they would sue farmers. “They are our customers,” they claimed.

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 plank cartoon

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.

"Because Monsanto owns me" Obama replied honestly

“Because Monsanto owns me,” Obama replied honestly.

[Edited by Judy Youngquest]

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3 responses to “Tell the USDA what you really think”

  1. MILO says :

    The more monsanto tightens it’s grip, the more farm systems will slip through it’s fingers. Use the SESE luke.

  2. danceeternal says :

    For those who can’t be bothered to write personal comments, but would like to show some support, I’ve taken the SEEE and edited it to come from the perspective of a customer. Copy/paste/send.

    As an avid gardener who cares about the long term viability of seed saving, If a patented product invades the seed stock of the companies I buy from, like Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, they shouldn’t be the ones paying the price. Patent holders should have to.

    I treasure the heirloom varieties that they carry. If I found out their seed stock is contaminated with GMOs, I trust they will not use that seed stock, even if it means they have to discard entire seed crops – and even if it means we have to stop carrying that variety.

    With corn, this is a very significant risk, and the isolation distances necessary to prevent contamination are very large. Many corn varieties are rare. Healthy, non-contaminated seed stocks could become hard to find.

    If farmers are encouraged to communicate more in order prevent contamination, that will be a small step forward. If GMO farmers were required to disclose to neighbors what they are growing, when, and where, that would be a larger step forward. If patent holders were required to compensate non-GMO farmers when contamination results in an economic loss, I might call that a solution of sorts.

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