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One of Canada’s worst legal decisions

From Karen Selick on her new blog, “Karen Selick Sounds Off”:

“A colleague and I at the CCF sometimes like to kick around the question, “Which are the top 10 worst decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada?”

One case that we always nominate is Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser, 2004 SCC 34, where the Supreme Court held by a five-to-four majority that farmer Percy Schmeiser had infringed the patent of Monsanto after his canola field was accidentally contaminated with Monsanto’s patented, genetically modified (GMO) seed.   The GMO seed was probably carried to Schmeiser’s field from neighbouring farms via the wind or insects, but however it arrived, it was without his knowledge or consent.  Yet the decision held, essentially, that Monsanto owned his canola crop and he didn’t. Continue reading

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“David vs Monsanto”

Via Youtube:

Imagine that a storm blows across your garden and that now, without your knowledge and without your consent, foreign and genetically-manipulated seeds are in your vegetable patch which you have nourished and maintained for many years. A few days later, representatives of a multi-national corporate group pay you a visit at home, demand that you surrender your vegetables – and simultaneously file a criminal complaint against you, resulting in a fine of
€ 20.000,00 for the illegal use of patented and genetically-manipulated seeds. What’s more: The court finds for the corporate group! Yet you fight back… Continue reading

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“David versus Monsanto” documentary

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New Movie: “David vs Monsanto”

Democracy Now focuses on a new movie “David vs Monsanto”, which is about Canadian farmer and Right Livelihood award winner Percy Schmeiser and his struggle with American corporate giant, Monsanto:

Click on image to go to Democracy Now website to watch this video clip.

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Please pass the genetically altered corn

Here’s an excerpt from a recent National Post report by Meghan Telpner, titled “Making Love in the Kitchen: Pass Me The Genetically Altered Corn Please”:

Michael Schmidt (far right), who was recently acquitted of all charges relating to selling and distributing raw milk and raw milk produect. The dapper gentleman on the left is Percy Schmeiser, who was sued by Monsanto when his canola crops were contaminated with Monsanto's GMO seeds. One of the two young ladies in the middle is author/journalist Vanessa Farquharson. National Post photo.

“Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based nutritionist and holistic lifestyle consultant. Her Making Love In The Kitchen video series will bring you tips on how to prepare healthful, nutritious goodness from whole foods. Visit her site for more love.

Last weekend, I attended Your Food, Your Choice: Grounds For Change conference put on by the Canadian Organic Growers where the theme of the day was simply to say no to GMO. Continue reading

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