OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen will deliver a special address to a Slow Money 4th National Gathering plenary session, entitled "OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto - Family Farmers Seeking Justice," at the Boulder Theater, in Boulder, CO, on April 29. Gerritsen will join Dave Murphy, founder of co-plaintiff Food Democracy Now! the following afternoon for a panel session on GMOs.
Since their inaugural event in 2009, Slow Money National Gatherings have been lauded as a significant venue for fostering social change through their focus on social entrepreneurship. The event is known for encouraging shared learning across a range of backgrounds-from practiced donors and individual investors to farmers and food business start-ups.
"I've seen firsthand how Slow Money Maine is locally beginning to change the face of Maine agriculture," said Gerritsen, who is a Maine organic seed farmer. "When I was asked to address the Slow Money National Gathering in Boulder, I thought this would be a great opportunity to let leaders in the good food community across the United States learn about our lawsuit against Monsanto and our family farmers' quest for justice."
Monsanto has sued, or settled out of court with, more than 844 family farms since 1997 over assertions of patent infringement. The landmark lawsuit challenges the validity of Monsanto's genetically engineered seed patents and seeks Court protection for family farmers who, through no fault of their own, may become contaminated by Monsanto's patented genetically engineered (GE) seed and find themselves accused of patent infringement.
Gerritsen said, "We're not customers of Monsanto. We don't want their seed. We don't want their technology. We don't want their trespass onto our farms. We don't want their contamination on our crops. We want them to behave as good neighbors and keep their transgenic pollution on their side of the fence."
Gerritsen joins Carlo Patrini, Wes Jackson, and Winona La Duke, as well as other luminary speakers, for this year's National Gathering - which kicks off on Sunday, April 28, with a reception, and ends on Tuesday April 30.
The two day conference allows participants access to dozens of addresses and breakout sessions. Topics range from identifying and channeling new sources of capital to local food systems, to addressing challenges shared by farmers and food producers. The full conference schedule is available here.
Gerritsen will be delivering his 15-minute address at 11:45 am on Monday, April 29. The breakout session entitled "GMOs" will be at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 30.
Registration is still open.
OSGATA et al v. Monsanto Press Releases
- Maine Seed Potato Farmer Keynotes Oregon Environmental Law Conference. (02/25/13)
- Farmers Join Hundreds to Protest Outside Monsanto Hearing and Demand End to Monsanto's Campaign of Intimidation in Rural America Over GMOs. (01/10/13)
- Family Farmers travel to Washington D.C. to Take on Monsanto (01/04/13)
- OSGATA et al v. MONSANTO ORAL ARGUMENT SLATED FOR JANUARY 10, 2013 (11/23/12)
- OSGATA Responds to Flawed NPR Article on GMOs (10/18/12)
- Maine Farmer to Speak in New York City (P10/12/12)
- Landmark Family Farmers Lawsuit Grows (07/17/12)
- Farmers and organizations file brief for Appellate Court today. (Press Release 07/05/12)
- Aroostook Farmer Featured Speaker At Maine's Urban Earth Day (Press Release 04/17/12)
- Organic Farmers File Appeal in OSGATA v. Monsanto (Press Release 03/28/12)
- Maine Farmer to Explain Organic Lawsuit Against Monsanto on Maine Watch (Press Release 03/05/12)
- Judge Ridicules Farmers' Right to Grow Food Wihout Fear, Contamination and Economic Harm (Press Release 02/27/12)
- OSGATA v. Monsanto: Will Family Farmers Recieve Justice? (Press Release 02/02/12)
- A Citizen's Assembly in Support For Family Farmers vs. Monsanto. (Press Release 01/16/12)
- Update: Judge Orders Oral Argument On Monsanto Motion to Dismiss (12/30/11)
- Update: Organic Family Farmers Defend Their Right to Protect Themselves From Monsanto Patents. (08/12/11)
- Family Farmers Amplify Complaint Against Monsanto's GMOs (Press Release 06/01/11)
- Organic Farmers and Seed Sellers Sue Monsanto To Protect Themselves From Patents On Genetically Modified Seed (Press Release 03/29/11)
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