Jim Gerritsen, Owner of Wood Prairie Farm and President of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (“OSGATA”), understands much about the law and how democracy is supposed to work. He shares with us today the process that he, as lead plaintiff, and others experienced during a three-year lawsuit where he and 280,000 other plaintiffs sued one of the most distrusted corporations in the world, Monsanto! Jim articulates how the laws SHOULD work in a society that is SUPPOSED to have a democratic system. Democracy was not experienced in the OSGATA, et al. vs. Monsanto Corporation lawsuit. He explained the partial victory that was achieved through this lawsuit and what it means to organic farmers and what could have been had the Supreme Court heard the case.
Gerritsen shared important information on the Public Trust Doctrine which goes all the way back to 1215 and the Magna Carta and how the patenting of the commons (seeds) is in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine. He recommends an important book which details information about this Doctrine by Mary Wood called Nature’s Trust.
We talked about GMOs and the substantial equivalence policy (which was adopted in 1992 during President George Herbert Walker Bush and Vice-President Dan Quayle’s term) where it was decided that GMOs were substantially equivalent to their non-GMO counterparts–which was not based on any science or testing, but clearly just a political ploy to introduce the untested GMOs into the marketplace. It basically amounted to GMOs and their counterpart Non-GMOs looking the same!
Gerristen explained the urgency for all Americans to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) and strongly encouraged individuals to contact their representatives about the TPP to advise them to reject this secret trade agreement. He states:
“The secret trade agreement reeks of the sink of political corruption and corporate intimidation. I can’t argue strongly enough what a terrible idea this is and I strongly encourage people to contact their representative in Congress and tell them to oppose the TPP”
Gerritsen is articulate and passionate about democracy in this country and explains how that democracy is being denied through corporate greed and influence. You won’t want to miss this powerful and insightful interview! Click on the link at the bottom of the page to listen:
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