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April 1, 2013

New CFS Report Exposes Devastating Impact of Monsanto Practices on U.S. Farmers
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 Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers
Investigates the devastating impact of Monsanto practices on U.S. farmers
  Hear the NPR Report:
Bowman Vs. Monsanto
Victory for Peru
Peru passes monumental 10-year ban against GMOs and Monsanto.
GMO A Go Go
Truth About GMOs Explained in New Animated Cartoon

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Save our Seeds (SOS) has launched a new report Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers. The report investigates:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=SGeFfMPwXC8lDTDwqn7j6C5B/9dm5PM6

 

How the current seed patent regime has radically shifted the control of global seed supply

How these patents enable corporations like Monsanto to sue U.S. farmers for alleged seed patent infringement.

The consequences of this patent system such as
 Loss of seed innovation,
Rising seed prices,
Reduction of independent scientific inquiry
And environmental issues.


 

Among the reportís discoveries are several alarming statistics

As of January 2013, Monsanto had filed 144 lawsuits against 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses in at least 27 states. They alleged seed patent infringement.
Today, 3 corporations control 53% of the world's commercial seed market
Since the market controls of seeds, we've seen a dramatic increases in seed prices. From 1995-2011, the average cost to plant one acre of
 Soybeans rose 325%  
Cotton rose 516%
Corn rose 259%
Seed diversity has nearly disappeared thanks to seed consolidation and market control. 
On U.S. farms,
86% of corn, 88% of cotton, and 93% of soybeans are genetically-engineered (GE) varieties. 
26% more chemicals per acre were used on GE crops than on non-GE crops.

The option of farming non-GE crops is growin more difficult.

In February, 2013, Mr. Vernon Hugh Bowman, a 75-year-old Indiana soybean farmer, stood up to Monsanto in the U.S. Supreme Court Case. When asked about the comparisons between his case and the David and Goliath story, Mr. Bowman responded,

ďI really donít consider it as David and Goliath. I donít think of it in those terms. I think of it in terms of right and wrong.


Listen: Hear the the story from NPR Get Windows Media Player
Report: Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers
New CFS Report Exposes Devastating Impact of Monsanto Practices on U.S. Farmers
http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Seed-Giants_final.pdf

GMO A Go Go 
Truth About GMOs Explained in New Animated Cartoon

Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods

 


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