In a recent court case OSGATA v. Monsanto, in which Monsanto was preemptively sued to keep the company from suing farmers due to genetic contamination of their crops by Monsanto’s genetically engineered varieties, the following decision was reached:
We conclude that Monsanto has disclaimed any intent to sue inadvertent users or sellers of seeds that are inadvertently contaminated with up to one percent of seeds carrying Monsanto’s patented traits.
There is one glaring problem with this, among many. And that is, GMO transgenic contamination is so widespread that even most seed suppliers cannot guarantee that the seeds they sell to farmers are not contaminated up to at least 2%.
The amount of GMO contamination that might be present in conventional alfalfa is not known. But a December 2011 report by Stephanie Greene, a geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, ARS, said that after Roundup Ready alfalfa was first deregulated in 2005 industry testing of conventional seed lots found levels of contamination as high as 2 percent.
In fact, there is no guarantee whatsoever that levels even higher have not contaminated our seed supply.
The default standard for certification as GMO free has been taken to be zero in many cases, although experience shows that meeting such a standard will be difficult. There have been proposals for setting maximum allowable levels in the range of 1 to 3%, and it is likely that some tolerance level above zero will be accepted in the future.
So, tell me again about how I should feel grateful that Monsanto tells us that it will not sue if the contamination levels of its GMO seeds in our crops are under 1% when the seed we purchase is most likely contaminated with levels of 1-3%, with an average of at least 2%?
Can you smell a set up? I sure can. The fix is definitely in. Buy seeds, plant, and if the seeds you buy are contaminated with over 1% of Monsanto’s transgenic varieties, which is highly likely, expect a knock on the door by the Monsanto Mafia.
P.S. If you get lucky and the seeds you bought have under 1% contamination by our seeds, we won’t sue you….. MM
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson