Court protest turns into anti-GMO rally

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What started out as a protest advertised as standing up for the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA) in its court case against Monsanto turned into an anti-biotechnology rally Jan. 10, in Washington, D.C.

Members of Food Democracy Now! and other activists gathered in front of the White House in Lafayette Square, directly after attorneys for the OSGTA presented their appeals court arguments about a district court dismissal of a case against Monsanto. The claimants filed suit against Monsanto originally because they wanted Monsanto to be prevented from ever taking legal action against organic seed producers if genetically modified plant traits crossed over into organic fields. The case was originally dismissed because the whole claim was based on speculation rather than any action ever taken by Monsanto. Results of the appeal will be announced in the near future.

After attending the oral argument to appeal the dismissal of the case at the U.S. Court of Appeals, the group, that might have totaled 300 persons, marched to Lafayette Park to protest the “Obama administration’s pending approval of 13 new biotech crops and AquaBounty’s ‘Frankenfish,’ a genetically engineered ‘salmon,’” according to Food Democracy Now!, which is against GMOs.

The activist group is demanding the President not allow any more GM animals or plants, including GMO salmon, into the environment until more red tape, independent long-term safety tests are conducted. The activists are wanting a whole new procedure for approval of GM modified crops. 


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Judy Nelli    
Syracuse New York  |  January, 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM

wish I could have been there!!!

Will    
Iowa  |  January, 17, 2013 at 08:50 AM

You have no idea what you're talking about.

theoldtechnite    
January, 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The only procedure anti-gmoers want to implement is the banning of all genetic technology on principle, Tay-Sachs, cancer and cystic-fibrosis not withstanding. Hurray for the new approvals !

theoldtechnite    
January, 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Just remaember that the organic industry's requirement that the percent of GMO in their products be mathematically 0.00 is a requirement of their own making. It is self-inflicted. Yes, it's in government standards but those standards were derived from Organic producer committees. The governments themselves really don't care what this requirement ends up being, so long as the public good is protected.

Mark    
IL  |  January, 14, 2013 at 09:28 AM

Thank You ! Monsanto ! I will continue to purchase your product. Thanks for supporting the American Farmer.

david webster    
brussels  |  January, 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

monsanto takes no resposiblty for when thier soybean cross polinate with nongmo soybeans it is the overseas buyers that set the standards if you are going to sell to them 5198879299

Rick    
OHIO  |  January, 14, 2013 at 04:00 PM

Hard to change this kind of thinking. They should read or listen to this speech. An environmentalist's confession -- I was wrong about genetically modified crops http://www.marklynas.org/2013/01/lecture-to-oxford-farming-conference-3-january-2013/

Innsie    
Missouri  |  January, 14, 2013 at 04:32 PM

The anti-GMO food anarchists are the harvest of a generation of parents who spawned, then raised the offspring with a constant message that they were "special". (I think they call it self esteem embellishment). The result? We now have to deal with these incomplete adults who are practicing the most cynical form of social narcissism in trying to force their grandiose sense of superiority on the rest of us. Organic food is simply a tool they are using to project their obnoxious and boring personalities of ignorance. They don't understand what they are protesting, they just want someone to let them have their way like their parents did during all those formative years at home.

Jake    
Texas  |  January, 14, 2013 at 07:55 PM

i think it is very unwise to trust one 's food supply to a combination of Monsanto and the US Government. Both are NOT trustworthy.

John    
Ohio  |  January, 14, 2013 at 09:40 PM

Who do you suggest we put in charge? I personally trust our FDA. The US has the safest food supply in the world. Monsanto and other biotech companies have had to prove their technology safe before being approved. I would assume some minor risk rather than chance future starvation just to please anti-GMO extremists.

RC    
Kansas  |  January, 15, 2013 at 08:54 AM

Jake, your statement is just plain dumb. The US has the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food supply in the world. You and a few generations before have grown up eating USDA inspected food. To say you don't trust the US Government, implies that you do trust someone that says their products are "orgainc". Why would you trust someone that has a financial stake in the game rather than an unbiased regletory agency? The rest of the story is that "orgainc" food has proven many times over to be more likely to be contaminated with salmonila and other harmful organisams than conventional food. Orgainc = lower quality, higher price, and possibality a health hazasrd.

stephen webster    
blyth ont canada  |  January, 15, 2013 at 01:41 PM

some of the non organic farmers do not like the way monsanto treats us we need to check and balances in place monsanto seems to above the law

Will    
Iowa  |  January, 17, 2013 at 08:51 AM

+1 Well said!

Will    
Iowa  |  January, 17, 2013 at 08:56 AM

My +1 was intended for Innsie, not Stephen Webster. Stephen Webster needs to learn English.......and punctuation.

stephen webster    
January, 17, 2013 at 06:11 PM

i am sorry i use junk key board that sticks

Jonathon    
United Kingdom  |  January, 18, 2013 at 01:03 PM

I agree; the science and crop varieties they have provided for farmers and consumers are a wonderful gift to the world and they have born the brickbats thrown at them by the mainly ignorant opponents with considerable patience. Keep at it Monsanto, one day the world will recognise your contribution to the world. In the UK we have great difficulty obtaining GMO foods but I buy them whenever I can and avoid 'organic' produce if at all possible.


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