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Lone Farmer Tackles Corporate Giant Monsanto

Lone Farmer Tackles Corporate Giant Monsanto

Who says monsters can’t be beaten?  Certainly not Percy Schmeiser—a humble farmer in the Canadian prairies.  When he planted seeds he probably didn’t realize he would come up against the genetically-modified seed giant Monsanto as part of a decade-long lawsuit.  More than that, he probably never imagined he’d be sitting in the victor’s seat.  But that’s just what he’s doing.

Monsanto has the reputation of a billion-dollar wielding bully.  They’ve slapped lawsuits on many farmers including Percy Schmeiser.  But in this modern day David-and-Goliath story, Percy fought back.  Monsanto charged him with patent infringement.  Over 320 hectares of his land were found to be contaminated with the company’s patented “Roundup Ready Canola.”  Innocent or not, most farmers settle with the corporate giant rather than face huge legal bills and years of stress.

“I never put those plants on my land. The question is, where do Monsanto’s rights end and mine begin?” said Schmeiser, who charged Monsanto with libel, trespassing, improperly obtaining seed samples from his farm, callous disregard for the environment for its introduction of genetically-modified (GM) crops without proper controls and containment, and contamination of his crops with unwanted GM plants. Monsanto finally settled out of court to clean up Schmeiser’s land.

His victory is tempered by The Federal Court of Canada decision to uphold the validity of Monsanto’s patent, dismissing Schmeiser’s challenge to the patent, since it stated that Monsanto cannot control the spread of its GM seed due to wind or pollination. Those implications for farmers across Canada are huge since it means corporate giants that contaminate food, crop, and potentially even wild lands are NOT accountable for their frankenseeds, even if they unleashed them on the world.   Scary thought!

But, any victory over a frankenseed-introducing corporate giant that threatens food supplies and our ecosystem should be celebrated.  Percy Schmeiser’s victory over Monsanto is a victory for all farmers, all Canadians, and everyone who eats…that’s everyone!

Now, Mr. Schmeiser needs support in slaying another giant–legal bills.  If you want to know more about his story, or can help with a donation, visit his website:  www.percyschmeiser.com.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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10:09PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Glad to hear Perry has made progress!
It's been a long battle for him!
We have to protect our food! What's wrong with the old fashioned ways of farming?? Our families have done things the old way for many years! All was safe!
There's been too much "BULLYING' by MONSANTO!
WE DON'T WANT MONSANTO PRODUCTS ANYWHERE!!

9:22AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

unbelievable

2:56AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Good luck Percy Schmeiser! Monsanto deserves the "worst company" lable every year.

9:15AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

MONSANTO tried to KILL me in Vietnam, prevented me from having children and they just keep on screwing anyone they please and getting out of it via our court system.

IF they are NOT responsible, then blow their fricking seeds, etc into their boardrooms during every meeting and see how THEY like it.

They would probably try to have YOU arested for attempted MURDER!

7:34AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Thanks.

8:43AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

thank you! and sorry you had to put up with years (I am sure) of hassles and headaches - we are behind you!

11:35PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Thank YOU, Mr. Schmeiser! CONGRATULATIONS! You are a HERO in my book.
Monsanto has sold GMO-contaminated food to MANY companies [ Con-Agra, DuPont, Kraft, Nestle, Smuckers, Carnation, Silk, Kellogg, Post, to name just a FEW] even some companies that I thought were organic (Kashi, Santa Cruz Organics, + several more).
Those of us in California who are working to get a law ( "YES on 37" ) passed to REQUIRE LABELING of GMOs when they are present in food are up against Monsanto$ million$. Let your family and friends in CA know about this, please. Thank you for your help!

11:16AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Ban monsnto, kills bees..no more honey in short time.

4:32AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Boycott monsanto and buy organic.

8:16PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Patenting seeds was one of the most idiotic and greedy practices I have ever heard of! I can't believe this ever became a law. What a bunch of BS.. Corporate greed...scum..

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