Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Bruno, Saskatchewan Canada whose Canola
fields were contaminated with Monsanto's Round-Up
Ready Canola. Monsanto's position was that it didn't matter whether Schmeiser knew or not that his canola
field was contaminated with the Roundup Ready gene, or
whether or not he took advantage of the technology (he didn't); that
he must pay Monsanto their Technology Fee of $15./acre. The Supreme
Court of Canada agreed with Schmeiser, ruling that he didn't have to
pay Monsanto anything..
Schmeiser pleased with
victory over Monsanto In an out of court settlement
finalized on March 19, 2008, Percy Schmeiser has settled his
lawsuit with Monsanto. Monsanto has agreed to pay all the
clean-up costs of the Roundup Ready canola that contaminated
Schmeiser's fields. Also part of the agreement was that
there was no gag-order on the settlement and that Monsanto
could be sued again if further contamination occurred.
Schmeiser believes this precedent setting agreement ensures
that farmers will be entitled to reimbursement when their
fields become contaminated with unwanted Roundup Ready
canola or any other unwanted GMO plants.
Percy and Louise Schmeiser have
over 55 years of marriage. In addition to operating a farm equipment dealership in Bruno,
Saskatchewan Canada, they have farmed for close to 60 years. Almost on the verge of
retirement, they decided to not back down to Monsanto's threats and
Percy Schmeiser -
David versus Monsanto a film by Bertram Verhaag-Now on DVD!
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 file a
criminal complaint against you.....full
OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
calls for moratorium on GM Foods.
The American Academy of Environmental
Medicine (AAEM) released its position paper on Genetically Modified
foods stating that "GM foods pose a serious health risk" and calling
for a moratorium on GM foods. Citing several animal studies, the
AAEM concludes "there is more than a casual association between GM
foods and adverse health effects" and that "GM foods pose a serious
health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function,
reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health."
"In my case, I never had anything to do with
Monsanto, outside of buying chemicals. I never signed a
contract. If I would go to St. Louis and contaminate their
plots--destroy what they have worked on for 40 years--I think
I would be put in jail and the key thrown away,"
Because of the wide-ranging scope of this issue, and the
ramifications of the case, there have been many articles and stories
written on the issue and the court decisions. Check out the
archives section which has stories from
Percy's speaking engagements, past awards, videos and recommended
reading, judgments of all of the courts and more....
If you believe in this important cause, your assistance towards
Percy's legal bills would be greatly appreciated. You can make a
donation online here, or if you prefer, you can send a cheque or
money order to:
Fight Genetically Altered Food Fund Inc.
Humboldt, Saskatchewan Canada