Posted by Dave on February 17, 2012
We wanted to thank everyone for standing with family farmers vs. Monsanto during their day in court on January 31st. Incredibly, more than 55 family farmers and plaintiffs traveled to New York to take part in the initial phase of the potentially landmark case Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto.
The hearing in Manhattan Federal District Court was centered on Monsanto’s motion to dismiss the case and Federal Judge Naomi Buchwald heard arguments from attorneys on both sides. Farmers were encouraged by Judge Buchwald’s familiarity with the case and her announcement that she would make a decision in the next 60 days, no later than March 31st.
After the hearing, farmers were excited to join several hundred supporters in Foley Square at a Citizen’s Assembly where they addressed the crowd and shared their experience, strength and hope in moving forward.
Already more than 100,000 farmers and citizens have signed a pledge to stand with America’s farmers in this important struggle to reclaim their basic rights to plant crops on their land and grow food without the fear and threat of intimidation by Monsanto’s abusive patent infringement lawsuits.
We want to give special recognition to the farmers and plaintiffs who traveled to be a part of this historic day and thanks to members of the Occupy Wall Street Food Justice working group, Occupy Farms, Occupy Big Food, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and all those who have helped spread the word of support for the family farmers and plaintiffs.
We believe that together we can win!
Thank you for participating in food democracy-
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! Team