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Apr 26, 2012

Plaintiff Op-Ed re OSGATA v. Monsanto - Seeking Economic Protection Against Cross-Contamination from GM Crops

On 26 April 2012, Jonathan Spero, a plaintiff suing Monsanto published his views in an op-ed piece in  Capital Press.  Spero, along other plaintiffs including the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) are appealing a 24 February 2012 ruling by  Judge Naomi Buchwald in Manhattan's federal district court. The judge determined that the plaintiffs did not have standing (sufficient cause) to file bring the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs in OSGATA et al vs. Monsanto, want to be legally protected from being sued in case their seeds become cross-pollinated by gene-modified (GM) seeds.  They argue that they can not stop the wind from pollinating their seeds.  If their seeds are determined to have GM traits, they can no longer sell their seeds and produce as organic.

As Spero points out, the lawsuit was being used to question a whole spectrum of other issues surrounding "choices" as well as intellectual property, patents, ownership, and protection from natural occurrences. 

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