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Farmers Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

| September 5, 2013

Jim Gerritsen

A group of 73 American organic and conventional family farmers, including Bridgewater’s Jim Gerritsen, asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to hear their case against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical and biotech seed giant’s patents 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 plaintiffs are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto’s transgenic seed patents “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.

The Petition filed today by lawyers for the family farmers may be found here.
About Maine’s Wood Prairie Farm (www.woodprairie.com; 800-829-9765)

For nearly 40 years, Jim & Megan Gerritsen and their family have been farming organically and grow potatoes, seed, grain and vegetables.
Wood Prairie Farm is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodprairiefarm.
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