Fight back against the ownership of life

ISIS Report 27/05/09

Science in Society #42 Summer 2009
SiS 42

Letters to the Editor

Fight back against the ownership of life

Mr Percy should be called or addressed as Brave Heart (Who Owns Life, Not Monsanto? SiS 42). I have been a party to the first launch of Monsanto cotton in the year 2000.My question to them was “How would your cotton behave in 48/49 degrees centigrade & without water, because cotton is sown in water deficient areas?” This remains unanswered to date. We at our organic farms control insects and pests up to 80 percent with light traps only. We are ready to share our experience for free to the non commercial organizations, farmers or those scientists who promise to share the knowledge with the needy farmers for free.

Harpal Singh Grewal, India

(one of 17 comments on this article,

I read with great interest the litigation between the Schmeiser family in Canada and Monsanto in Who Owns Life, Not Monsanto? (SiS 42). As a personal injury trial lawyer practicing in Dallas, I regularly represent injured persons in lawsuits against big corporations. I am wondering if there is any need by any of your members in the United States who are being harmed or threatened by Monsanto. If there is a support group or forum where members communicate, I would like to have an opportunity to talk with them. Though your article does not really discuss the point, these farmers who have experienced GMO contamination have been effectively put out of business, and, consequently, have lost their future earnings. This is a legally cognizable element of damage. I envision a common law action by a landowner against Monsanto for trespass and tortuous interference with an ongoing business. In such actions, lost damages are normally recoverable, along with other compensatory damages.

I would be very interested in helping anyone who has been harmed by Monsanto. All of our work is done on a contingency fee basis, and the farmers pay no money up front. I am networked with environmental groups and other personal injury attorneys. That is why if legal precedents were to be set against Monsanto, the U.S. legal system would be a good place to sue.

David Line, Attorney, Dallas, Texas USA,

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho replies

I hope farmers reading this will contact you. You may be interested to know that California passed the first bill (AB541) to protect farmers against Monsanto lawsuit on 31 August 2008.

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