Magazine article New Internationalist

Farm Fight: Monsanto and Others Are Sued for Spreading GM Food

Magazine article New Internationalist

Farm Fight: Monsanto and Others Are Sued for Spreading GM Food

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Six farmers from France and the United States have launched a lawsuit against Monsanto and other corporations involved in genetic engineering of crops. The lawsuit, filed early this year in Washington DC, alleges that Monsanto, the Dow Chemical Company, AstraZeneca and Novartis International formed a cartel in an attempt to monopolize the genetically modified (GM) maize and soya seed markets. The law suit also claims that the so-called cartel exerted influence over the non-GM industry, made deceptive statements to make genetically engineered seeds appear desirable to farmers' and imposed excessive 'technology fees' upon them.

Corky Jones and his three sons, who farm 1,100 hectares of maize and soya in the US state of Nebraska, have decided to turn their back on the technology of the GM industry. This, he explains, is not going to be easy: 'We don't know what damage has been done to the farm already. Nobody will tell us whether our land or even our machinery is contaminated [with genetically modified seed] and thus whether or not we will be able to sell our crops next year free of any genetically modified organisms. …

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