In Canada's wheat belt, farmer Percy Schmeiser was sued by the
agrochem and seed producing multinational Monsanto for damages
worth a quarter million dollars on the grounds of a patent
violation, because wind and birds had carried Monsanto's
genetically modified canola onto his fields. Schmeiser responded
with a countersuit, citing libel and contamination of his property.
After making his case public, Schmeiser was recruited by farming,
environmental and civil rights organisationshe to travel around the
world as a leader of opposition to Monsanto. His worldwide message:
Stand up in defense of your own seed supply!
In Europe, farmer Klaus Buschmeier rounds up fellow farmers to
revolt going against the German Farmers' Association. They are
angry because the Association had made an agreement with plant
breeders to charge seed-saving fees--an act perceived as
In order to enforce gene technology, agrochem multinationals have
swallowed up most of the leading plant breeders. Gene technology
does not stop hunger in the world, but it does "" promote the sales
of chemicals. Gene technology makes crops resistant to pesticides,
and seeds are manipulated to germinate only once. The farmer may
bring up the seed, treat crops with chemicals and sell them, but no
more. Every attempt to save his own seed or do his own breeding is
either forbidden, or charged with fees.
This film exposes the efforts of the multinationals to force
farmers into dependence on their "terminator technology." The
farmers' efforts to save the seeds they have sown is pointless,
since none of the seeds will reproduce. In the eyes of Schmeiser,
Buschmeier and others, this monopoly has reduced thefarmers to
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