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DOCUMENTARY: DAVID VERSUS MONSANTO
Released August 7, 2009
Imagine that a storm blows across your garden and that now,
genetically-manipulated seeds are in your crops. A multi-national
corporation pay you a visit, demand that you surrender your crops -- and
then sue you for $200,000 for the illegal use of patented, GM seeds. In
this definitive David and Goliath battle, one farmer stands up against a
massive multinational, and their right to claim ownership to a living
"We knew by checking license plates that Monsanto or people hired by
Monsanto, were watching us constantly", says Percy Schmeiser. When the
court ruled in Monsanto's favour, Percy counter-sued Monsanto for
environmental pollution, seed destruction and slander. With the crop he
had worked on for 50 years officially 'owned' by Monsanto, Percy
launched a nationwide campaign defending farmer's rights. Monsanto did
everything they could to stand in his way. "Monsanto is big", came a
voice down a telephone one night, "you can't win. We will get you. You
Percy doesn't use Monsanto's popular herbicide 'Roundup'. "People have
to ask themselves what are they really eating?" Percy asks of an
outraged auditorium, "Monsanto said agent orange was safe, are we now to
believe them when they say that 'Roundup' is safe?" Percy had no use for
the canola seed Monsanto developed to resist 'Roundup'. Yet the court
ruled that even if Monsanto's seed is in a crop by cross-pollination,
they own the entire crop as a result of their patent. GMO's bring less
yield than natural seeds and increasingly toxic food. "The people don't
want GMO's, they don't want toxic foods", Percy declares, "but there is
no coexistence between GMO and non-GMO- it's just a matter of time
before it’s all GMO".
Monsanto have brought fines from $20,000 to $100,000 against several
farmers, completely unaware that Monsanto's canola seed is mixed with
their own. "The way the court system in America works is that whoever
piles the most money on one side of the balance wins", says Troy. He
lost his case against Monsanto after coming up with $400,000 in legal
fees. Monsanto gives out leather jackets to farmers who inform on other
farmers who they suspect of using the Monsanto seeds. It's a way of
eliminating competitors and something, which Percy's wife believes has
changed the farming industry for good. "No one trusts anyone anymore",
Percy appeals the supreme court decision. Whilst they find that the
presence of Monsanto seeds in his field does infringe the patent,
without exercising the patent by spraying 'Roundup' on his field, Percy
is not liable to pay $200,000 in fines. "Today is a personal victory",
Percy says with tears in his eyes, "6 years of personal struggle -- we
fought for the rights of farmers to plant their seed from year to year.
We never thought it would come this far".
But the court also ruled that Monsanto own the entire plant as a result
of placing a gene in it. "The supreme court will have to revisit this
judgement", Percy explains undeterred. "their decision means that a
corporation can control anything they put their genes into or anything
they put their patents on". "We have more questions than answers now",
Percy continues, "who owns life?' The definitive documentary on our
increasingly genetically modified world.
DAVID VS. MONSANTO: THE STORY OF HOW A LONE FARMER PREVAILED AGAINST ONE
OF THE MOST POWERFUL COMPANIES ON THE PLANET
November 3, 2012
Monsanto has long been trying to establish control over the seeds of the
plants that produce food for the world. They have patented a number of
genetically altered food crops, which can only be grown with proper
license, and the seeds for which must be purchased anew each year.
Alas, genetically engineered (GE) crops cannot be contained. And rather
than being found guilty of contaminating farmers' property, Monsanto has
successfully sued hundreds of unsuspecting farmers for patent
infringement when unlicensed GE crops were found growing in their
fields. Many farmers have subsequently, quite literally, lost their farms.
Percy Schmeiser of Saskatchewan, Canada, is but one of Monsanto's
victims, but contrary to so many others, he refused to quietly tolerate
the injustice. In a classic case of David versus Goliath, Schmeiser
fought back against one of the most powerful businesses in the world.
It all began in 1998, at which time Schmeiser had grown canola on his
farm for 40 years. Like any other traditional farmer, he used his own
seeds, saved from the previous harvest.
But, like hundreds of other North American farmers, Schmeiser ended up
being sued by Monsanto for 'patent infringement' when more than 320
hectares were found to be contaminated with Roundup Ready canola -- the
biotech giant's patented canola, genetically engineered to tolerate
otherwise lethal doses of glyphosate.
The company sought damages totaling $400,000. Most farmers end up
settling, but Schmeiser was angry enough to fight back, and countersued
• Libel, by publicly accusing him of committing illegal acts
• Improperly obtaining samples of his seed from a local seed plant
• Callous disregard for the environment by introducing genetically
modified crops without proper controls and containment
• Contamination of his crops with unwanted GE plants
The case eventually went before the Federal Court of Canada, and after a
decade-long battle, Schmeiser won when, in March 2008, Monsanto settled
out of court, agreeing to pay for all cleanup costs. The agreement also
specified that Schmeiser would not be under gag-order, and that Monsanto
can be sued for recontamination. This landmark case is now featured in
the documentary film "David versus Monsanto"...
The links to all of the articles listed below are located here:
• Monsanto's Lies and the GMO Labeling Battle
• New Anti-GMO Documentary: 'Genetic Roulette'
• Must Watch Documentary: 'GMO Ticking Time Bomb'
• GMOS: What You Need To Know To Protect Your Health
• Americans Eat More Than Their Body Weight In GMOs Every Year
• New Study Finds GM Corn & Roundup Causes Cancer In Rats
• 2012 Report: GMO Myths & Truths (pdf)
• GM Foods: Harmful or Helpful?
• Calif. Prop 37 & The Big Food Behemoths Trying To Defeat It
• How 'Big Food' Has Taken Over The 'Organic' Market
• Pesticide Use Proliferating With GMO Crops, Study Warns
• 270,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto
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