Whether in person or in spirit, we hope you’ll join us on Jan 31st as we gather at the Manhattan District Court with our 82 co-plaintiffs in our suit against Monsanto, OSGATA et al. vs Monsanto. Monsanto has filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that the dangers that their genetically modified crops pose to our seed, our farms, and our livelihood aren’t even worth consideration by the courts. The judge hearing our case has agreed to hear oral arguments for and against this motion to dismiss on January 31st. We’re heading to NYC along with as many of our co-plaintiffs who can make it to show the judge who we are, that we care, and that the matter of this case is important to us. We hope that if you’re in the area you’ll come out too to other supporters of a just, democratic, and healthy food system in a vigil outside the courthouse while the oral arguments are heard inside. See the details here:
Exciting news from Minnesota! Last Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that damaging chemicals that cross property lines constitute trespassing. The Star Tribune reports on it here. This is great news, meaning that organic farmers can sue if negligent conventional and GMO farmers contaminate and thus destroy their organic crops via drifting clouds of pesticides and herbicides and possibly even GMO pollen or seed.
This follows a few months after California’s Sixth Appellate District Court ruled in December that Jacobs Farm/Del Cobo could sue a neighboring farm whose pesticides drifted over and covered an organic dill crop, making it unsalable. Read the story here.
It will be interesting to see how these rulings affects the case against Monsanto that we’re a part of as it goes forward. Stay tuned…
The authors of the new book Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail singled us out as a force working for the preservation of heirloom chiles in a recent interview on grist.org – Hot stuff: chile peppers, climate change, and the future of food. Authors Kurt Friese, Gary Nabhan, and Kraig Kraft (an ethnobotanist, a chef, and an agroecologist) examine climate change through the lens of the chile pepper. In another grist post, Nabhan writes about Global weirding and the scrambling of terroir.
We carry seeds for three of the chiles they track in the book – Habaneros (the Yucatan), Fish Peppers (Chesapeake Bay area) (sold out for this year), and Jimmy Nardello’s (from Italy via Connecticut).
Gary Nabhan will be presenting at this year’s Heritage Harvest Festival on the findings of the book. You can download free booklets on Place Based Foods from his website. The most recent – Appalachia – From Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery – features a piece on heirloom grinding corns of Appalachia by our own Ira Wallace, as well as articles on heritage apples, pawpaws, wild spring greens, traditional sweet potato curing, and Bill Best of Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center on the Noble Bean.