Friday, March 01, 2002

Organic canola farmers in Saskatchewan are suing Monsanto and Aventis for contaminating their crops with genetically-modified canola. Monsanto is trying to pull the same dirty trick with wheat, and the farmers are seeking to stop that as well. If this turns into a full class-action suit and is successful, the damages against Monsanto would be massive. While lawsuits are fine in their own way, much of the damage may be done before the issue gets decided. Corporations like Monsanto are enabled in their rogue ways by the connivance of various levels of government. You would think that in a farming Province like Saskatchewan, world-famous for the quality of its canola and wheat, messing with the quality of crops would be illegal. I guess farmers don't vote.