Lit*tle did Willie Nel*son know when he recorded “Crazy” years ago just how crazy it would be*come for our cher*ished fam*ily farm*ers in Amer*ica. Nel*son, Pres*i*dent of Farm Aid, has re*cently called for the na*tional Oc*cupy move*ment to de*clare an “Oc*cupy the Food Sys*tem” ac*tion.
Nel*son states, “Cor*po*rate con*trol of our food sys*tem has led to the loss of mil*lions of fam*ily farm*ers, de*struc*tion of our soil…”
Hun*dreds of cit*i*zens, (even in*clud*ing NYC chefs in their white chef hats) joined Oc*cupy the Food Sys*tem groups, ie Food Democ*racy Now, gath*ered out*side the Fed*eral Courts in Man*hat*tan on Jan*u*ary 31st, to sup*port or*ganic fam*ily farm*ers in their land*mark law*suit against Big Agribusi*ness giant Mon*santo. (Or*ganic Seed Grow*ers & Trade As*so*ci*a*tion v. Mon*santo) Oral ar*gu*ments were heard that day con*cern*ing the law*suit by 83 plain*tiffs rep*re*sent*ing over 300,000 or*ganic farm*ers, or*ganic seed grow*ers, and or*ganic seed busi*nesses.
The law*suit ad*dresses the bizarre and shock*ing issue of Mon*santo ha*rass*ing and threat*en*ing or*ganic farm*ers with law*suits of “patent in*fringe*ment” if any or*ganic farmer ends up with any trace amount of GM seeds on their or*ganic farm*land.