Today on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks calls up Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm, and President of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. OSGATA has recently been involved in a lawsuit against Monsanto in order to protect the rights of organic growers that choose not to use genetically engineered seeds. Tune into this episode to learn about the extensiveness of Monsanto’s patent rights, and how their “intellectual property” can contaminate organic seed through the air. Learn more about the OSGATA vs. Monsanto lawsuit, and why it appears that Monsanto has been inconsistent in terms of its legal stance toward GMO contamination. Later, Erin chats with Liz Carollo of the GrowNYC Greenmarket for this week’s Market Update! Tune in to learn what apples Peter Hoffman of Back Forty prefers in the fall. Check out all the awesome pie ingredients, and hear about some of Greenmarket’s upcoming food events. This program has been brought to you by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.
“If we can’t have our property rights respected and prevent companies like Monsanto trespass on our farm, and have their pollution contaminating our crops, then there’s no way that organic farmers that buy seed from us can grow a crop that’s not contaminated.” [13:00]
“There’s no market for genetically-engineered organic seed!” [14:10]
— Jim Gerritsen on The Farm Report