At 9:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time tomorrow (Friday) the Canadian Supreme Court will pronounce on the Schmeiser/Monsanto case.
Regardless of the outcome, the Etc. Group (formerly known as RAFI) are launching a letter-writing campaign to Monsanto ridiculing their claim that anyone who finds patented GM seed on their property must notify Monsanto.
The hope is that thousands of people around the world will send the letters to Monsanto declaring their land may be contaminated and so effectively nullifying Monsanto's position since the company will not be able - and not want to - follow-up on each warning letter.
Please support this campaign and...
Tell Monsanto Where To Go! - New letter writing campaign from Etc. Group (formerly RAFI)
Take immediate action in a global letter writing campaign to Monsanto regarding GM contamination and the Supreme Court decision. Follow this link to take action now!
Tell Monsanto Where To Go!
Saskatchewan farmers Percy and Louise Schmeiser fought Monsanto all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court when the Gene Giant accused them of violating Monsanto's patent on GM canola (oilseed rape).
Percy and Louise did not want GM seeds on their property and they did not try to benefit from the herbicide-tolerant trait in the GM seed (that is, they didn't spray Roundup weedkiller). Yet, Monsanto came onto their land without permission, dug around to establish that GM canola had contaminated the Schmeisers' farm, and then blamed the family for the company's failure to control its own technology.
GM canola pollen has been shown to travel as much as 26 kilometers (16.2 miles). Monsanto has been selling GM canola since 1996. Canola seed can survive in the soil for eight or more years. GM contamination can spread from fields to boulevards to cemeteries and home gardens. With the help of prairie winds and bees, GM seed planted in a field eight years ago could have hitchhiked more than 208 km.
Today, GM canola is a major weed pest on the Canadian prairies. Monsanto thinks that if you have their GM seeds on your farm or in your flowerpot and you haven't told them or signed a "technology user agreement," you are violating their patent.
If you think your property may have GM canola lurking somewhere (or GM maize or soy or cotton), tell Monsanto where to go!
[Follow the link] below to send a letter to Monsanto warning them that their GM seeds may be trespassing on your land.
The letter sets out how this might have happened and what you expect Monsanto to do to make amends.
You can send the letter yourself or you can leave it with us.
We will compile all of the letters we receive and deliver them by registered mail to the company.
This will provide a record of your notification to Monsanto.
Then, Monsanto's balls are in your court!
Readers are invited to join the international protest by demanding action.
Tell Monsanto Where To Go! http://www.etcgroup.org/action4.asp [Please follow the link to send a letter to Monsanto]
PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND ASK THEM TO HELP WITH THIS ONLINE ACTION - LET'S GO!