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Willie Nelson's Occupy the Food System, & +300,000 Activists Sue Monsanto

 

Update from a representative from Farm Aid: “Willie’s blog titled Occupy the Food System calls on farmers and eaters to learn more about corporate concentration in our food system and get involved in the movement to support independent farmers. But that call is not the same as being part of the lawsuit.” Sorry for the initial misinformation—corrections made below.

The News: Monsanto may be a little jealous, as it has fallen from environmentalist enemy #1 to environmentalist enemy #2 as a result of the ongoing Keystone XL pipeline controversy. However, in all seriousness, Monsanto does some f***ed up s*** and is heavily opposed by greenies around the world. It was reported this week that Willie Nelson and about 300,000 other activists have now sued Monsanto “to protect the harassment and threatening manner agribusiness giant Monsanto has exhibited, with threatening to go after any small farms that contain any trace of what they claim to be their property, genetically modified seeds.” The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in Manhattan on January 31, 2012.

Willie Nelson, meanwhile, has a new campaign with a similar focus called “Occupy the Food System.” It includes organizations such as Food Democracy Now and Farm Aid and seems to be gaining in popularity fast.

“Willie states that the corporate takeover of small farms by large corporations has ‘led to the loss of millions of family farmers, destruction of our soil, pollution of our water and health epidemics of epic obesity and diabetes,'” Justice Through Music reports. Of course it has!

Of course, Willie Nelson has also teamed up with Chipotle by playing Coldplay’s “The Scientist” in an add opposed to factory farming, and add that aired in the middle of the Grammy’s. Here’s a video of that if you somehow haven’t seen it:

http://youtu.be/aMfSGt6rHos

Aside from the above, activists are fighting Monsanto’s “Roundup” herbicides, which are harmful to soil, water, farms, and people.

Why All This is Important: Well, small farmers shouldn’t be run out of business just so that a megacorporation can make more profit; people shouldn’t be poisoned; and factory farms that put animals in inhumane living conditions their whole life should not exist.

Opportunities for Action: Pay attention to what you eat! Join the effort to ban RoundUp by signing this petition. Get involved on the Occupy the Food System facebook page. It would make Willie Nelson smile 😀

Source: Justice Through Music
Willie Nelson & Willie Nelson smiling via shutterstock




6 comments
  1. notpp

    Hello, from Japan.
    Plz support us! STOP MONSANTO-led TPPA and defend the rights of ordinay ppl, NOT bankers & corporate America. http://wh.gov/kWa
    Monsanto allied Sumitomo Chemical has applied for a Bt cotton sheed to grow in Fukushima where devastated by the 311 great earth quake last year.
    We don’t need GMO in Japan!
    Once TPPA is in power, we can not stop GMO here.
    Please please stop TPPA!!! Help us!
    Thank you.

  2. kathy niederschmidt

    I really hate when certain companies choose money instead of people. Farmers should be able to save their seeds and farm the right way for God’s sake. Pesticides should be illegal!!!! Down with Monsanto!!!!!!

  3. Jennifer

    Hi Zachary,
    I’m sorry to leave this as a comment but I can’t find an email address for you. Your post is not accurate–Willie Nelson is not part of the lawsuit against Monsanto. Willie’s blog titled Occupy the Food System calls on farmers and eaters to learn more about corporate concentration in our food system and get involved in the movement to support independent farmers. But that call is not the same as being part of the lawsuit. Thanks for your attention to correcting this matter.

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