We are proud to have been among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, and we are glad that the court has affirmed our case by limiting Monsanto’s ability to sue small farmers (when contamination is less than 1%). But we are saddened to announce that the lawsuit will go no further: the courts have missed the opportunity to put a stop to the patenting of life and to end the legal attacks against farmers whose crops have been contaminated. We are disappointed, and we will continue to fight for the protection of farmers from GMO crops.
Thanks to Food Democracy Now! for the following article:
Refusal to Reinstate OSGATA et al v. Monsanto Prevents Farmers From Protecting Themselves Beyond Partial Court of Appeals Victory.
Washington, D.C. – January 13, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a decision in the landmark federal lawsuit, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto. Farmers were denied the right to argue their case in court and gain protection from potential abuse by the agrichemical and genetic engineering giant, Monsanto. Additionally, the high court decision dashes the hopes of family farmers who sought the opportunity to prove in court Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed patents are invalid.
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We’ve been building a new office on our farm for the past couple of years. It has timber framing, a radiant floor, super-insulated blown-in Rockwool walls, large south-facing windows, wide eaves to make it cool in summer, a loading dock, a small warehouse, and on the cool north side, an insulated, air-conditioned, dehumidified seed room with a straw bale wall.
The past few weeks have been an exciting time of moving in. The first part of the move was the seed room, shown in the following three pictures. Once the last coat of earthen plaster was dried on the straw bale wall, we carted all our packets of seeds and all the other items that we sell from the old office to the new. The wood needed some attention, and so, I took some time to read about some detail sander reviews on the internet so that I could start working on the woodwork posthaste.
Next, we got our phone and fax lines hooked up to the new building, and then our IT team brought computers over. Soon after that, we set up order shipping in the new office, and then seed packing.
But we’re still not entirely done. We still need to move our jars, buckets, and bags of as-yet-unpacked seed from our old trailer to the new one. We still need to move our gardening library into our new office, but at least we were able to get our office furniture from Buy Direct Online already. We still have not finished making the living roof terraces or installing our furnace. In the meantime, we’re delighted to find that even on a very cold winter day – and like much of the country we have had a few unusually cold winter days recently – the entire space can be sufficiently heated by two space heaters, several computers, and several human bodies.