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Court Rules Organic Farmers Can Sue Conventional, GMO Farmers Whose Pesticides 'Trespass' and Contaminate Their Fields

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Purveyors of conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops -- and the pesticides and herbicides that accompany them -- are finally getting a taste of their own legal medicine.


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 5:19 am
This is fantastic news, Elena, than you SO much for posting. Where Minnesota leads, let's hope that other states follow.

The court ruled that 'particulate matter, including pesticides, herbicides, and even GM particulates, that contaminates nearby fields is, in fact, considered illegal trespass, and is subject to the same laws concerning other forms of trespass.'

Yes!! What a great victory for the anti-GMO people, and for the 'little guys'.

You've made my day!

Tony Isaacs (40)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 5:43 am
It would be nice to see the tables turned on Monsanto - who has had the gall to sue farmers whose crops have been cross pollinated with patented Monsanto seeds for patent infringement. And won too.

Bill K (3)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 5:45 am
hopefully more lawsuits will follow

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 7:37 am


Thanks for posting this, Elena.


Elena P (549)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 7:43 am
"You cannot currently send a star to Zen, Tony, Bill or Just Carole because you have done so within the last week." :)
I was very happy indeed reading it this morning.

Rani Lyons (41)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 8:01 am
awesome :)

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 8:04 am
Great news, you made my day as well dear Elena. Thousands of green stars to you.

It seems indeed that the table is turning against the rich CEOs at Monsanto, and their bought politician friends.

First, the Codex Alimentarius is deciding that countries now can label GM Foods without it being against their food standards, and therefore also not against WTO's trade regulations. That certainly opens the door for people to pressure their governments for mandatory GM labeling.

Second, the Organic Consumers Association will work at the grassroots level via state ballot initiatives to force through GM Food labeling in the US. This system can by-pass the political and economic elites. If they succeed in just one state, like California, then the rest of US must follow as per definition.

The last and best news is this. That the judicial system finally finds GM and chemical contamination of organic fields for trespassing.

I think I have faith in the positive Universal energies again.

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Maria S (48)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 8:26 am
YESSSS !! =) Tank you !

Kathy B (106)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 3:39 pm
Very nice, thank you Elena this gives me hope for our food supply.

Gudrun D (447)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 7:09 pm
Very encouraging news - thank you Elena.

Michael W (1)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 7:33 pm
Well, it's about time we pushed back at GMO crap...

Judith Emerson (0)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 8:26 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 9:56 pm

Asiatic Lion (49)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 10:02 pm
great job...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 10:38 pm
Well, you've made it, Elena! You can tell which news posts are the 'hot' ones by where the spammers head to. Hello little spammer, I've flagged you and you'll soon be on your way. Bi bi spammer.

Jo Asprec (0)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 12:31 am
It's about time they're told they've done something wrong! And must be penalized.

Iona K (129)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 3:42 am
Woohoo! The Universe starts to make sense again! Thank you so much for the great news.

Sameer Tendulkar (309)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 3:48 am
Good news indeed. Thanks.

Elena P (549)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 5:48 am
Green stars to all. Looking foward to a brighter future.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 7:47 am
noted with pleasure

Rinie Cassteele (47)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 9:54 am
I don't know how this works so maybe more skilled people can help here.
But maybe we should send a petition to the Supreme court or the supercongress to somehow support the Minnesota court of apeal?

Roger G (148)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 1:03 pm

Pamela K (13)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 3:31 pm

. (0)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 3:56 pm
And it certainly is high time! Great news!

catherine Buchanan (113)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 5:36 pm
YEAH!!! i hope this means the courts will actually to go after polluters. business wants to do whatever they want to do to their land. fine. but they do not have the right to let their pollution run off their property and into our waterways or in our air. if they cannot prevent their toxic crap from spreading, then they should not be allowed to have it all.

Kate K (215)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 6:10 pm
I'm not a fa of suing others but organic farmers need protection. I hope this includes Monsanto as I read that they will actually sue small farmers onto whose land some of their seeds have blown. anything to get Monsanto although I know this deals with pesticides and not seeds. I know I don't want chemicals on my food. Good news.

Star S. (54)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 6:29 pm
finally some good news, but I worry about the big guys like Monsanto they always find loopholes in the law.. But it is a start.

Monica D (580)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 6:58 pm
This sounds like good news.

Anne K (139)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 7:23 pm
Thanks Elena!

Valjean O (23)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 8:33 pm
Organic farmers shouldnt even HAVE to deal with this garbage but since the Gov is in Monsanto's pocket

Alicia N (87)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 9:02 pm
Thanks for posting dear.

Sue H (7)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 11:49 pm
Oh how I do love a bit of good news. !

Angela N (1)
Friday August 5, 2011, 12:26 am
Bravo! ... at last!!! It was about time.

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Friday August 5, 2011, 1:12 am
As a reaction to what Rinie and Catherine mentioned, I also do not know the legal implications of this ruling in the Appeals Court. First question would be, can it be further appealed? Second, they ruled that that "particulate matter, including pesticides, herbicides, and even GM particulates, that contaminates nearby fields is, in fact, considered illegal trespass, and is subject to the same laws concerning other forms of trespass." Does it set a precedence so that owners of any and all particulate matter that enters our private fields, gardens, and soils, is trespassing and therefore must pay cleaning up and compensation? And then of course there is the commons like our water system, rivers, oceans, and air? Maybe we have a lawyer among our readers, who can explain?

Rinie Cassteele (47)
Friday August 5, 2011, 1:37 am
The article itself says it can be appealed.
Hence my earlyer post maybe we can send a petition to the Supreme court to support the Minesota court.
But i don't know if A. the Supreme court or the Super Congress are sensitive to petions and B . how to put up a petition.

Veronica G (108)
Friday August 5, 2011, 10:41 am
Yowee! Great news. Hang 'em high.

Mary D (64)
Friday August 5, 2011, 5:05 pm
This might not be quite on topic, but I still think that it needs to be aired. A friend of mine in Texas sent this to me:

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But he was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes! Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that clerk was right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But he's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.But we didn't have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Mary D (64)
Friday August 5, 2011, 5:11 pm
PS. Ti's about time that organic farmers finally get a break. They have been persecuted like crazy - when a large percentage of the people actually prefer organic foods. I hope this happens again and again and again, state after state, country after country. Yay!

Olga K (0)
Friday August 5, 2011, 5:16 pm
YES!!! Finally, some good news about food... Hopefully, the terror towards organic independent farming will demising...

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 12:08 am
Rinie, just a point. I would assume using logic, that the justice system could not, should not, and ought not to be influenced by petitions. They are supposed strictly to follow the law, although these days, one doubt about that as well. However, ideally, they should not be swayed by any opinion, but stick to what the laws dictate.

Rinie Cassteele (47)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 1:03 am
Actually i agree with you.
The courts shouldn't and ought not to be influenced by petitions.
But sofar they have also not been influenced by the law or common sence.
I just feel there should be something we can do
The Monsanto takeover of the world is scary and has it's roots are in the USA it's there where this weed should be killed.


Mit Wes (2)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 7:55 am
Nope, this is not good news.

Just wait until your neighbor sues you for the pollen coming from whatever flowers you planted that illegally trespassed into her home and triggered her allergies.

Or wait until someone wants to live electric free and sues you for turning on a light thereby trespassing his home with incidental EMF radiation.

Anne P (174)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 11:08 am
Finally! Great news. Thanks for posting, Elena.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 8:27 am
Sounds like good policy.

Bonnie B (103)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 6:57 pm
This is fantastic news, Elena, than you SO much for posting

Ronald N (3)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 6:44 pm
This is good news. Finally things are looking up. I still see the majority of farmers growing and using pesticides in the conventional ways, but things are changing. I think most people can't realize the work it takes to growing organically. The ranks are growing in organic farming and staying away from Monsanto seeds and other GM seed stock is the way to go.
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