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CORRECTION: Willie Nelson is NOT part of the lawsuit filed against Monsanto. We apologize for any confusion.
FEB 13, 2012 – 300,000 activists who support small family farms and a healthy and fair food system, sued food giant Monsanto in Federal Court in Manhattan on January 31, 2012. Musician activist Willie Nelson and his Occupy The Food System which consists of many small groups such as Food Democracy Now are not part of the suit but have voiced their support and rallied in support outside the federal courthouses for the farmers who are filing the suit. The suit seeks 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. All the activists are also fighting against Monsanto’s spraying of “Roundup herbicides”, which harm the soil, water and the farms around them. 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”. Read more about the lawsuit on NationofChange.org here, and check out Occupy The Food System Facebook Page here.
Also, an ad aired on the Grammy’s last night of Willie Nelson performing the haunting Coldplay classic, “The Scientists” (watch below) to help The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, an organization that is “Dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthful and equitable future”. You can purchase the song on iTunes here, where proceeds will benefit the foundation and help them in their work to protect small family farms. Check out their website here.