Osgata et al., vs Monsanto continues with a Petition to the Supreme Court.

osgatIn a highly publicized GMO case, Osgata et al. vs Monsanto, a group of U.S. organic and , and seed businesses have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to protect them should their fields ever become contaminated with genetically modified () transgenes.

Foodexposed has previously reported extensively on the spread of fugitive , http://foodexposed.co.za.www100.jnb2.host-h.net/worldwide-gm-contamination/; http://foodexposed.co.za.www100.jnb2.host-h.net/no-accountability-with-fugitive-gm-crop-in-the-us/; http://foodexposed.co.za.www100.jnb2.host-h.net/fugitive-gm-canola-found-in-japan/; http://foodexposed.co.za.www100.jnb2.host-h.net/fugitive-gm-canola-plant-found-in-australia/ and in Osgata et al. vs Monsanto the have asked the U.S. Supreme Court on the 5th of September to hear their case against challenging the chemical and biotech seed company’s on genetically engineered seed.

In a June 10th ruling earlier this year, a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a group of organic and otherwise non-GMO farmer and seed company are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto’s transgenic seed “because Monsanto has made binding assurances that it will not ‘take legal action against growers whose crops might inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto biotech genes (because, for example, some transgenic seed or blew onto the grower’s land).'”

“While the Court of Appeals correctly found that the farmers and had standing to challenge Monsanto’s invalid , it incorrectly found that statements made by Monsanto’s lawyers during the lawsuit mooted the case,” said Daniel Ravicher, executive director of the Public (PUBPAT) and lead counsel to the in OSGATA et al v. Monsanto. “As a result, we have asked the Supreme Court to take the case and reinstate the right of the to seek full protection from Monsanto’s invalid transgenic seed .” The current petition to the Supreme Court can be accessed here.

The case is being brought as organic farmers fear being sued for patent infringement should their farms be contaminated with Monsanto’s genetically engineered plants a valid concern considering Monsanto’s litigious nature.



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