--- Carmelo Ruiz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 05:15:32 -0800 (PST)
> Subject: [ecology-community2000] Monsanto's assault
> on US farmers
> Monsanto Assault on U.S. Farmers Detailed in New
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> January 13, 2005
> Contact: Craig Culp, (202) 547-9359, or (301)
> First-of-its-Kind Analysis Reveals Thousands of
> Monsanto Investigations, Nearly 100 Lawsuits and
> Numerous Bankruptcies
> Toll-Free Hotline Established for Farmers Facing
> Lawsuits or Threats from Monsanto to Get Guidance
> WASHINGTON - The Center for Food Safety released
> an extensive review of Monsanto's use and abuse of
> U.S. patent law to control the usage of staple crop
> seeds by U.S. farmers. The Center (CFS) launched its
> investigation to determine the extent to which
> American farmers have been impacted by litigation
> arising from the use of patented genetically
> engineered crops. Monsanto vs. U.S. Farmers details
> the results of this research, discusses the
> ramifications for the future of farming in the U.S.
> and outlines policy options for ending the
> of America's farmers.
> "These lawsuits and settlements are nothing less
> corporate extortion of American farmers," said
> Kimbrell executive Director of CFS. "Monsanto is
> polluting American farms with its genetically
> engineered crops, not properly informing farmers
> these altered seeds, and then profiting from its own
> irresponsibility and negligence by suing innocent
> farmers. We are committed to stopping this corporate
> persecution of our farmers in its tracks."
> Farmers even have been sued after their fields were
> contaminated by pollen or seed from a previous
> crop has sprouted, or "volunteered," in fields
> with non-genetically engineered varieties the
> following year; and when they never signed
> Technology Agreement but still planted the patented
> crop seed. In all of these cases, because of the way
> patent law has been applied, farmers are technically
> liable. It does not appear to matter if the use was
> unwitting or if a contract was never signed.
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