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ISIS Report 06/04/09

Who Owns Life, Not Monsanto?

Percy Schmeiser is a real life hero who played David to Monsanto’s Goliath, and like David, he won Sam Burcher

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Percy Schmeiser and his wife Louise are third generation farmers from the prairies of Western Canada in the province of Saskatchewan near the city of Saskatoon.  They feel really blessed not only that his grandparents moved there, but by the fact that in Central Saskatchewan so many types of grain crops can be grown; pulses, oil seeds, in what the locals call God’s Country.

The Schmeisers, like hundreds of thousands of farmers all over the world, were using their canola (oilseed rape) seed from year to year and developing new varieties suitable for climatic soil conditions on the prairies.  Percy had also been the Mayor of his town for over thirty years, a member of the provincial Parliament and an active member of agricultural committees representing his province on new agricultural policy, law and regulations for the benefit of farmers.

In 1996, the Canadian Federal Government and the US Government gave regulatory approval to four genetically modified (GM) crops: soya, corn or maize, cotton and canola. At the time not all GM crops in Canada were herbicide tolerant except for Monsanto’s Roundup Ready canola and soya, both resistant to the company’s herbicide Roundup. The US Government had also approved Bt cotton and Bt corn that has the added GM toxin from Bacillus thuringenisis (Bt). The Canadian government were fully complicit in allowing Monsanto to develop GM crops on Government test plots and research stations in return for a royalty on every bushel of GM crops sold.

Monsanto versus farmer

In 1998, two years after the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Canada, the Schmeisers received a lawsuit notice from Monsanto which said that they were growing Roundup Ready canola without a licence from Monsanto and that this was a patent infringement. Monsanto had a patent on a gene to make GM canola resistant to the glyphosate herbicide in its formulation Roundup. This came as a complete surprise to the Schmeisers who immediately realised that all their research and development on canola over the past fifty years had been contaminated by Monsanto’s GMOs.  They felt that they had a case against Monsanto for liability and the damages possibly caused to them, and that was the beginning of [1] Schmeiser's Battle for the Seed (SiS 19). And 10 years on, the Schmeisers have been invited to London to tell their full story [2].

The Schmeisers stood up to Monsanto’s claims of patent infringement in the Federal Court with just one judge and no jury. The pre-trial took two years to go to court in which Monsanto claimed that despite having no knowledge of Percy Schmeiser ever having obtained any GM seed,  he must have used their seed on his 1 030 acres of land because ninety-eight percent of the land was GM contaminated. And, because the Schmeisers had contaminated their own seed supply with Monsanto seed, ownership of the Schmeisers seed supply reverted to Monsanto under patent law.

Monsanto owns all crops or seeds contaminated, the court ruled

The Court ruled after a two-and-half-week trial that it was the first patent infringement case on a higher life form in the world.  The Judge’s ruling and Percy Schmeiser’s name became famous overnight:

·It does not matter how a farmer, a forester, or a gardener’s seed or plants become contaminated with GMOs; whether through cross pollination, pollen blowing in the wind, by bees, direct seed movement or seed transportation, the growers no longer own their seeds or plants under patent law, they becomes Monsanto’s property.

·The rate of GM contamination does not matter; whether it’s 1 percent, 2 percent, 10 percent, or more, the seeds and plants still belong to Monsanto.

·It’s immaterial how the GM contamination occurs, or where it comes from.

The Schmeisers tracked down the source of the contamination. It was their neighbour who had planted GM crops in 1996 with no fence or buffer between them. Nevertheless, the Schmeisers’ seeds and plants reverted to Monsanto, and they were not allowed to use their own seeds and plants again, nor keep any profit from their canola crop in 1998.

The Schmeisers appealed against the ruling, and after another two years, it was upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal judges even though they did not agree with all the trial judge’s statements. The Schmeisers believe that the case should have been thrown out of Court and not upheld.  After having lost the two trials costing them $300 000 of their own money, Percy took the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.  He was warned that there was only a very small chance that the case would be heard; but was granted a second leave of Appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Schmeiser raised important questions during the Supreme Court Appeal

The Appeal was good news for the Schmeisers, but in the meantime Monsanto had brought another lawsuit against them for $1million in legal costs, fines and punitive damages.  Monsanto said that the Schmeisers were recalcitrant and that they wanted a million dollars from them. For good measure, Monsanto brought a third lawsuit against the Schmeisers to seize their farmland, farm equipment and house, in an effort to stop them mortgaging their assets to pay their legal bill.

Percy Schmeiser effectively raised several important questions at the Supreme Court Appeal:

  1. Can living organisms, seeds, plants, genes, and human organs be owned and protected by corporate patents on intellectual property?
  2. Can genetically modified traits invade and become noxious weeds that then become resistant to weed killers and become superweeds? (The answer was obviously yes, as these are now all over Western Canada and almost the rest of Canada, see below.)
  3. Can the farmers’ rights to grow conventional or organic crops be protected, especially organic crops?
  4. Can farmers keep their ancient right to save their own seeds and develop them further if they so desire?
  5. Who owns life?  Has anyone, either an individual or a corporation, the right to put a patent on a higher life form?

On the important issue of “Who owns life?” the Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that “Monsanto’s patent on a gene is valid and wherever that gene arrives in any higher life form they own or control that higher life form.”  That was considered to be a major victory for Monsanto at the time, but is a decision that has come home to roost in the form of corporate liability for GMOs. Percy explained that if a corporation own and control a higher life form and they put it into the environment where everyone knows it cannot be controlled or contained and co-existence is impossible then the corporation should be liable for the damages done to an organic farmer or a conventional farmer, as well as for the negative impacts on biodiversity.

Despite strong recommendations by the Supreme Court for the Parliament of Canada to bring in new laws and regulations on patents on life and the rights of farmers to use their seed from year to year these issues have yet to be addressed to date. In the US, Monsanto has filed lawsuits against at least ninety farmers (see [3] Monsanto versus Farmers, SiS 26).  

Monsanto’s contamination no benefit to farmers, the Supreme Court ruled

In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled that in the case of patent infringement the Schmeisers owed no money to Monsanto because they did not benefit by being contaminated by the GM genes.  Furthermore, they had not used Monsanto’s patent because they had not sprayed the Roundup herbicide on their canola crops. However, both parties had to pay their own legal bills. The Schmeisers legal bill was over $400 000 and Monsanto’s was over $2 million. 

In essence, Monsanto had used Percy Schmeiser as a test case to see how far they could exercise intellectual property rights (IPR) over farmers’ rights. “At one point, Monsanto had nineteen lawyers in court, I had one. Talk about intimidation,” Percy said.

No longer able to grow canola in their fields for fear of infringing Monsanto’s patent, The Schmeisers began research into yellow mustard and started cultivating 50 acres of land in preparation for planting. In the autumn of 2005, they noticed canola plants growing despite not having been seeded in those fields for many years. They brought in witnesses and tested the plants by spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on the plants. Monsanto claim that any green plant that is sprayed with Roundup that does not die must contain their patented gene. When the Schmeisers plants did not die they realised that Monsanto’s canola was in their fields again.

The Schmeisers contacted Monsanto and asked them to remove the canola plants from their property. Monsanto took samples of the plants that confirmed they were their patented variety and two days later Louise Schmeiser received a fax from Monsanto containing a signed release statement which was blackened out in parts.  Louise refused to sign it and insisted that Monsanto send her the unexpurgated document.  Monsanto sent what was essentially a gagging order on the Schmeisers from ever telling anyone, neighbours, and the press about the terms of settlement, or ever taking Monsanto to court again for the rest of their lives no matter how much Monsanto contaminated their fifty acre parcel of land with GM canola.

Victory for Schmeisers and farmers at last

There was no way that the Schmeisers were ever going to sign a statement like that and give up their freedom to a corporation. Monsanto said that if they refused to sign then they would not remove the plants. The argument raged backed and forth; the Schmeisers said they will remove the plants themselves and Monsanto wrote back saying we wish to remind you that the plants that are on your field are our property and you are not allowed to do with those plants what you want. The Schmeisers said get your property off our property, you’re trespassing!  Monsanto said only if you sign the release form.

The Schmeisers wanted the plants off their land before the pods ripened and the seeds were dispersed into the field.  They hired the neighbours to help remove the plants and notified Monsanto about what had been done and Monsanto sent another fax saying that you can’t do what you want with those plants. A bill was eventually sent to Monsanto by the Schmeisers for $640 to pay for the neighbours help to clear the field. Monsanto refused to pay the bill unless Percy signed the release statement.  This went on for about a year so the Schmeisers made a decision to go back to Court amid media reports about the new dispute.     The judge in the small claims Court agreed with the Schmeisers and sent Monsanto a summons. Percy said, “We then had a billion dollar Corporation in Court on a $640 bill and you can imagine the publicity that got in Canada.”

In March 2008, the case went to trial and when the judge came into the Court room Monsanto got up with a cheque in hand to pay the $640 plus $20 costs. “I’ll never forget that $20 costs!” Percy laughed.  “It was a great victory, not only for ourselves, but for farmers all over the world because it has set a precedent where a corporation has accepted liability for contamination and clean up costs”, he said. Percy Schmeiser had become the first farmer in history to successfully counter-sue Monsanto for liability over damages done to his seeds and crops by Monsanto’s GM crops

GM in Canada - lessons learnt

Thirteen years ago when GM soya and rapeseed was introduced in Canada (and in the US) the Corporations and Government told farmers that GM would increase yields, be more nutritious, use less chemicals, and feed a hungry world. Now we will always have a sustainable agriculture, they claimed.  The Canadian Department of Agriculture figures states canola yields have decreased at least ten percent and soya at least fifteen percent [4], but worst of all, farmers are using three to five times more chemicals because of the GM superweeds that have developed.  The reality is that the nutritional content of all crops are down fifty percent of what they were before GMOs were introduced and now we have less yields and more chemicals used, exactly the opposite of what Monsanto promised.

Percy Schmeiser said, “Once you introduce GMOs, believe me the days of organic farmers are over, the days of the conventional farmer are over, it all becomes GMOs in a matter of a few years.”  In addition, he said, there is no such thing as containment, you cannot contain pollen flow.   It doesn’t matter if contamination is by seeds blowing in the wind, or by bees, or by farmers transporting their seeds to market, or so on. Ultimately, farmers, growers and consumers will no longer have a choice because despite Monsanto’s promise that farmers will have choice, they won’t because it’s absolutely impossible for organic and conventional farming to co-exist with GM crops.

Mountains of contaminated produce that cannot be exported

Canadian organic farmers can no longer grow canola and soya crops organically. The seed stocks of those two crops are now totally contaminated by GMOs, which cross- pollinate into other market garden crops from the brassica family. Percy describes the devastating effect GMOs have had on Canada’s markets, as a nation reliant on exporting eighty percent of what it produces.  The markets for rapeseed have shrunk to primarily exporting to Mexico, the US and Japan, Canada is now sitting on a mountain of canola, not one bushel can be exported to the EU.  Furthermore, Canada’s honey markets throughout the world have been lost because of GM contamination.

Schmeiser is also concerned about a new wave of GM crops in Canada called “pharma-plants”. There are six major types of drugs now being produced by GM plants, including  prescription vaccines, industrial enzymes, blood thinners, blood clotting proteins, growth hormones and contraceptives, all known to be much more dangerous than conventional drugs (see [5] Biologicals’, Wonder Drugs with Problems, SiS 42)  What if somebody has had major surgery and then eats food contaminated with genes from a plant manufactured to be a blood thinner?  Or what about a pregnant woman who eats food contaminated by genes from a plant that is manufactured as a contraceptive?  These are just some of the worrying implications of pharma-plants, along with containment and co-existence.

Superweeds now ubiquitous in Canada, requiring supertoxic herbicides

Superweeds have evolved from conventional canola plants that have taken on the genes from three or four companies selling GM canola that has cross-pollinated and ended up in one plant. It had become established in Canada by 1996 (so quickly that horizontal gene transfer was suspected as having been involved, see [6] What Lurks Behind Triple Herbicide-Tolerant Oilseed Rape?, ISIS Report).  Percy warns that superweeds are ubiquitous throughout Canada in wheat fields, barley fields, cemeteries, university grounds, towns, and golf courses.  He said that all these people that never even grew GM canola have this new expense of trying to control it, and this is responsible for the massive increase in the use of chemicals to control the superweeds.

One third of Canada’s insecticides, herbicides and pesticides are used in Saskatchewan, which has the highest rate of breast cancer and prostate cancer in Canada.  “We’re killing ourselves with the chemicals we are using and the chemicals are more powerful and more toxic than ever before,” Percy says.  He warns that Roundup herbicide is now four times stronger than it was in 1996. Roundup is bad enough as new research reveals (see [7] Death by Multiple Poisoning, Glyphosate and Roundup, SiS 42); the new type “24D”, contains 70 percent Agent Orange, and is being used on the prairies to combat superweeds.  The adverse health effect of Agent Orange in Vietnam is common knowledge and could explain the major health problems, environment damage and loss of biodiversity in Canada.

Monsanto’s culture of fear

Monsanto is perpetrating a culture of fear and intimidation in Canada in an effort to gain control of the seed supply, and ultimately the food supply. It was not easy to stand up to Monsanto. Percy said, “They tried everything to break us down mentally and financially.” His main fear was the harm that they would do to his wife and family.  Monsanto employees would sit in the road in their vehicles watching us all day long when we were working in our field, he said. They would sit in the driveway for hours at a time watching Louise Schmeiser when she was working in the garden and then phone her and say “You better watch it; we’re going to get you.” Monsanto would then phone their neighbours and say if you support Percy and Louise Schmeiser we’re going to come after you and do the same to you as we’re doing to them. Monsanto offered $20 000 worth of chemicals to the Schmeisers’ neighbours if they would say something negative about them in Court.          

Percy warns farmers about Monsanto’s “Inform on your neighbour” policy for a free gift such as a leather jacket or chemicals. He said when the “gene police” arrive on contaminated farm land threatening the farmer and his wife with a court case, what do you think goes through a farmers’ mind? You have a suspicion about your neighbours; it breaks down the social fabric of rural society, farmers’ relationships, farmers not trusting one another, farmers scared to talk to each other about what they are seeding.  We don’t know how many thousands of farmers they have done that to.  But by 2004 at least 30,000 farmers were paying royalties to Monsanto in Canada [8]. As a former politician, Percy thinks this is the worst thing that has happened with the introduction of GM crops, a whole new culture of fear that Monsanto has been able to establish on the prairies of North America and Canada.

If Monsanto can’t find the farmer at home they go to the municipality office and get the farmers address and extortion letters follow.  Percy has collected a lot of letters that farmers have given to him that say:  “We have reason to believe that you might be growing Monsanto’s GM rapeseed without a licence. We estimate that you have so many acres.  In lieu of us not sending you to court send us $100 000 dollars or $200 000 dollars in two weeks time and we may or may not send you to court.”  Can you imagine the fear of a farm family when they receive this letter from a billion dollar Corporation?  The letter ends, “You’re not allowed to show this letter to anyone or we will fine you.” One farmer’s wife sent Percy a letter from Monsanto because she was at her wits end.  Her husband had four heart attacks and she pleaded with them to put her in jail.  Monsanto replied, “We don’t want to put you in jail lady, sell your farm and we’ll let you go for half the money.” This behaviour is ruthless and if Monsanto can victimise farmers in First World countries such as Canada and America, it is a given that they will do this in many countries all over the world.

No new GM crops for Canada

But the Schmeisers’ struggles have brought a ray of hope.

In Canada food is not labelled, and campaigners have protested to find out what’s in their food by demanding labelling.  The National Farmers Union has warned farmers not to buy Monsanto’s GM seeds because of their aggressive attitude.  The Government has been unsuccessful in introducing any new GM crops such as wheat, rice, flax, and alfalfa because there was such an uproar by the people who have seen the damage and don’t want any more GM crops.  Schmeiser said, “If we’re trying to stop them in the US and especially Canada, why would you want to introduce them in the UK and Europe?” He believes that now the Corporations have lost the ability to introduce any more GMOs in Canada they have turned their attention to other countries in the world.  He compared this dominant strategy with the sale of agricultural pesticides and chemicals that have been exported wholesale to Africa and Asia once the North American markets were saturated.

Percy said we do not know if you can ever recall out of the environment a life form that you put into it.  And in relation to GMOs, what are we leaving for the future?  We are at a fork in the road. If you go the GM way, this is what will happen; if you go down the other fork, you will maintain good food, safe food, and your environment.  “I don’t think any of us want to leave to the future generations our environment, our soil, our water, our food, and our air full of poisons, none of us want to leave that,” he concluded.  Percy has five children, fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren and that is why the Schmeisers have taken such a strong stand because they want to leave a legacy of safe food, water, air and soil.

He leaves us with a final question: “What will happen if you introduce GM crops in the UK?”   We still have the chance to make the right decision.

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Samora Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:10
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Alan Hicken Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:44
All I can say is unbelievable. Pass the word on A. Hicken
susan rigali Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:59
Monsanto does own life, or at least our government representatives for more than thirty years. Here is legislation that is currently being pushed for in the US. Gardeners as outlaws and terrorist? Insane!!!! House H.R. 875 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-875 Senate S 425 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-425
Julian Rose Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:03
Percy, his wife and family have given their all in this in winning this extraordinary battle with the corporate giant Monsanto. But let no one relax for a minute. Thanks to work done by independent laboratories in France, Italy, Russia and Austria, we now know that the ingestion of GM animal feed by rats leads to severe liver and kidney break-down and eventual sterility. More recently we have learned that traces of the herbicide Glyphosate (Roundup)- the world's most popular weed killer c/o Monsanto- is also passing through to the human gut and (in trials)causing the death of cells. Combining the information from these two trials should leave us in absolutely no doubt about the severity of the human (as well as animal) health risk the world now faces. We must therefore redouble our efforts to get a worldwide ban of all GM feeds and seeds before they do unrecallable levels of damage to planetery flora and fauna. Sir Julian Rose
H.G. van der Waals Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:07
I have the deepest respect for Percy and Louise and want to thank them for the result. I have never understood that governments have tolerated and even supported firms with such a contaminating low standard of "civilization" as Monsanto. They not only destroy the environment but out society as well.
Rory Short Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:12
Monsanto will do literally anything in the pursuit of money. At the end of the day money will not save the world or Monsanto.
CARMELO D VERDAN Comment left 4th May 2009 15:03:13
I salute you Percy and Louise for exposing and standing against Monsanto. Now I come to think that diseases now occurring was cause by this GMO seeds and plants. We should all pressure our respective government not to approve this.Our group follow the Biological and Nutritional Farming. Zero pesticide Farming.I always tell the farmers to soil condition first the soil and the rest is foliar spray until harvest.We use minimize chemical fertilizer.To know more contact me thru email.
Mary Stromquist Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:18
Thank you....I-SIS and particularly the Schmeiser family for their incredible courage.
Carol Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:24
We need nation wide adds asking all farmers, gardeners and thinking citizens to contact their federal and provincial representatives DEMANDING that Canada ban any further genetically modified organisms from contaminating our country; that, any organic or conventional farmer/gardener be fully supported as they SUE these evil corporations for contaminating their products. We need to demand that any food contaminated by these organisms be so labled so consumers can avoid these dangerous ingredients. It is well past time that the citizens of this country TAKE IT BACK from corrupt government officials and these evil corporations. I suggest a MASSIVE LAWSUITE against these corporations and any government that would allow the release of these devasting organisms!
Ruth Rendely Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:29
Unbelievable! That such an openly evil corporation can exist and be coddled by both American and Canadian governments all these years is just beyond belief.
Santhanam R Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:58
This story or actual fact reads like a typical science fiction novel. American Society has much to pay for, starting backwards from the days of Chief Seattle. Even though a democracy, America has degenerated and only super weeds will grow in lands which were once providing food in plenty. Let us hope that libertines become aware of what real liberty really means!
Ani Rigdzin Chodon Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:04
I'm appalled by what Monsanto has done so callously. I'm reminded of how US attorney Edward Masroe and Erin Brockovich went after a California utility company that had poisoned the wells of of an entire town over a period of some 30 years. Again, it was David against a callous and intimidating Goliath. Although it took years, David won. I am immensely grateful for the information in this article. I had always assumed that rapeseed oil/canola was a healthy alternative in my kitchen. I just bought a bottle yesterday. I will now return it today and research a reliable alternative.
Concerned in Saskatoon Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:11
This is an absolute outrage! I am 5 months pregnant and am now afraid to eat anything because of the 'pharma-plants' that they are producing, not to mention the hormone and antibiotic filled animals. Just who do these people think they are? How can they be stopped? I am shocked and appalled that our government is so easily duped by these companies & scientists because all they care about is getting their cut. How is my child supposed to live in this world? How does the future look for generations to come? Why doesn't our government care? I believe that the CEO of Monsanto has to be the devil himself. My prayers go out to the Schmeiser family. May God bring justice soon!
David Thomson Comment left 12th April 2009 10:10:37
It is amply evident that Monsanto has engaged in a vigorous and willful campaign of extortion. This is no less than a criminal enterprise. Where's a good cop when you need one? Yours very truly, David Thomson http://british-columbia.ca.human-rights.org/
sunny Comment left 10th April 2009 11:11:57
writing in from india for the past few weeks i have seen monsanto adds in newspapers. They are going all out saying how to make most of each raindrop. After reading this i am worried how they will extract each and every penny from us. How they will take and have taken away a way of living, leaving nothing but a poisonous mark on this planet. MonSanto has to be stopped at all costs. We need a satyagraha like Gandhiji against Monsanto. Jai surya
Harpal Singh Grewal Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:45
I feel that Mr Percy should be called or addressed as BRAVE HEART.Before this i had not read this detailed article.I have been a party to the first launch of Monsanto cotton in the year 2000.My question to them was 'how would your cotton behave in 48/49 degrees centigrade & without water because cotton is sown in water deficient areas only',till date it remains unanswered.We at our organic farms control insects & pests to the tune of 80% with light traps only.We are ready to share our experience for free to the non commercial organizations,farmers or the scientists who promise to share the knowledge with the needy farmers for free. Besides this we have more experiences to share with the farmers. Harpal Singh Grewal
Sagi Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:49
I've been following the Schmeisers' case for years, and am elated to hear of their recent successes. It doesn't take much research to learn of the doom Monsanto has to offer humanity, and given the opportunity, man will rise to the high standards we set for ourselves. Bravo to the Schmeisers!
Antigonum Cajan Comment left 9th April 2009 17:05:52
I have read of similar situations in the third world. Unfortunately most people in that region do not have the money or courts to bring this kind of litigation to receive a portion of justice.
I AM Comment left 6th May 2009 09:09:04
We Must shut Monsanto down, rescind all patents to lifeforms, Destroy all GM seeds and cut down all growing fields of GM crops. We must support farmers to grow Organic and rebuild the soil and the life of the Land. Monsanto must be forced to pay fines for defiling the environment, which will subsidize farmers to make the change to go organic.
L. Cridge Comment left 1st November 2009 07:07:53
Just wondering why the Percy and Louise Schmeiser did not take their case to United Nations. It is free to go there. I admire them for what they have done. There should be more people like them.
david Frost Comment left 30th November 2009 07:07:17
Anyone who eats anything should be enraged. I don't know how we can sit and email letters to these congress men and women and think that it will fully fix the problem. We need to let everyone know what Monsanto's agenda is, and stop it cold. This is a beast that must be put down. Whether you are in Canada or the US. This company is swallowing the world up alive. We must stand together farmer, consumer, friends, and families. This company has its minions in congress so when you think about sending your letters to get help you are sending your letters to the slaughter of Monsanto agents. I may be a bit extreme but I am sick of seeing companies profit off of people who are honest and hardworking. The only way to stop this from going any further is to organize freely thinking people together and revolt. Good day and God bless you all
Mario Comment left 22nd July 2010 07:07:44
Why is no ONE suing MONSANTO for the contamination of farmers crops...????
Mario Comment left 22nd July 2010 07:07:55
Why is no one doing a fund raiser to fight these thugs ???
Mario Comment left 22nd July 2010 07:07:50
Why is the Bill Gates Foundation only supporting the fight against HIV??? And no Billionaere the fight for patent free crops????
Sandra Comment left 21st August 2010 17:05:15
Bill Gates actually supports genetically modified crops - such a waste of his intelligence! All farmers need to unite against the corporate thugs - here in the US we have the Weston Price Foundation http://www.westonaprice.org and the Farm to Consumer Defense Fund http://www.farmtoconsumer.org and http://www.farmtoconsumer.net to inform and to defend the rights of farmers to farm responsibly and the rights of consumers to purchase safe nutritious food. They have chapters around the world and all are encouraged to seek them out for their advice in fighting the criminals!
netaces2k Comment left 10th September 2010 20:08:02
It is no secret, that the Monsanto Corp does its business by methods, that are in themselves immoral, illegal and unethical. They should have been put out of business by the courts. For their attempts to globally poison the planet and the world's food supplies. That is a crime against humanity. No corporate entity of any kind, should EVER be allowed to run free after committing a crime like that. The judge who allowd that, should be toosed off of the bench and disbarred. And he should have his head examined.
Angel Escobar Comment left 19th July 2011 09:09:15
I respect you, Schmeisers for your courage on this battle. I'm very interested on an farm proyect but I'm concern about this evil company. By reading about your ordeal and you encourage me to pursuit such proyect becaus I ca see I have a chance to succed. I have a chronic illment becaus of the contamiation of these greedy people. I wish more people would get involved.
Glynn Dorris Comment left 7th November 2011 15:03:52
If we have no one in Washinton who is not OWNED by Monsanto then we must vote out every incombant no matter what political domination. If we do this for the next foun elections maybe we can clean up Washington so they will represent Us the People instead of Them the MONEY
Sharon Sparling Comment left 28th December 2011 20:08:46
Spread the word of these wolves stalking our youth and future generations!
Vic Gaffney Comment left 29th January 2012 09:09:39
And now we come to learn that Monsanto has bought out the BLACKWATER company ... infamous for its covert infiltrations, "legal" assassinations, undercover ops and other nefarious & dangerous activities .......
Eduardo Rangel Comment left 29th January 2013 08:08:22
this article is really good and sad at the same time, but is very good to know how this people is killing us, sadly in Mexico where I live none of the people here at my country is well informed about it, it should do a mass campaign of information to achieve that everyone know what is really happening in our lives, our world and what we will leave to the next generations. Congratulations this family and thanks for this research.
david mcadam Comment left 31st July 2013 19:07:14
i think the only way of beating these bastards is not by force ,but not eating any thing produced by them .....then kill the heads of there industries.
Johnson Subba Comment left 25th September 2014 11:11:25
Schmeiser great work such corporates should be given status of humans as they doesn't deserve such title.
Fiona Nic Giobúin Comment left 13th December 2014 11:11:01
Why do farmers not sue the companies for their GM seeds trespassing onto their land?
Caroline Nelson Comment left 20th January 2015 18:06:05
Who is responsible for adverse health related problems resulting from chemical food poisoning? My blood test samples came back with chemicals that Monsanto manufactures. I am talking to an attorney to find out who will pay for damages and medical bills.

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