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David vs Monsanto

Runtime: 65m 48s | Release date: 2009

"We knew, by checking license plates, that Monsanto or people hired by Monsanto, were watching us constantly", says Percy Schmeiser. When the court ruled in Monsanto's favor, Percy countersued Monsanto for environmental pollution, seed destruction and slander. With the crop he had worked on for 50 years officially 'owned' by Monsanto, Percy launched a nationwide campaign defending farmers' rights. Monsanto did everything they could to stand in his way. "Monsanto is big,” came a voice down the telephone one night, “You can't win. We will get you. You will pay.”

Percy doesn't use Monsanto's popular herbicide 'Roundup'. "People have to ask themselves what are they really eating?" Percy asks of an outraged auditorium, "Monsanto said agent orange was safe, are we now to believe them when they say that 'Roundup' is safe?" Percy had no use for the canola seed Monsanto developed to resist 'Roundup'. Yet the court ruled that even if Monsanto's seed is in a crop by cross-pollination, they own the entire crop as a result of their patent. GMOs bring less yield than natural seeds and increase toxic food. "The people don't want GMOs; they don't want toxic foods,” Percy declares, "but there is no coexistence between GMO and non-GMO - it's just a matter of time before it’s all GMO.”

Monsanto has brought fines from $20, 000 to $100, 000 against several farmers, completely unaware that Monsanto's canola seed is mixed with their own. "The way the court system in America works is that whoever piles the most money on one side of the balance wins,” says Troy. He lost his case against Monsanto after coming up with $400, 000 in legal fees. Monsanto gives out leather jackets to farmers who disclose details of other farmers who they suspect of using the Monsanto seeds. It's a way of eliminating competitors and something which Percy's wife believes has changed the farming industry for good. "No one trusts anyone anymore,” she sighs.

Percy appeals the supreme court decision. While they find that the presence of Monsanto seeds in his field does infringe the patent, without exercising the patent by spraying 'Roundup' on his field, Percy is not liable to pay $200, 000 in fines. "Today is a personal victory,” Percy says with tears in his eyes, "Six years of personal struggle - we fought for the rights of farmers to plant their seed from year to year. We never thought it would come this far.”

But the court also ruled that Monsanto own the entire plant as a result of placing a gene in it. "The supreme court will have to revisit this judgement,” Percy explains undeterred. “Their decision means that a corporation can control anything they put their genes into or anything they put their patents on. We have more questions than answers now,” Percy continues, “Who owns life?” The definitive documentary on our increasingly genetically-modified world.

Featuring:
David Runyon
Troy Roush
Marc Loiselle
Terry I. Zakreski

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Maureen | 2 months, 1 week ago
What a powerful film! We all need to be vigilant, and be willing to fight for our rights...even if that means fighting a mega corporation like Monsanto. It's heroes like Percy and his wife, who show us how it's done. 💚
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Luann COGHLAN | 2 months, 3 weeks ago | Edited 2 months, 3 weeks ago
I often wonder when I see the commercials on TV about DNA testing why people would send there DNA to strangers for testing, I understand they find relatives or DO THEY ? We need to stop worrying about where we came from and start thinking about where we are going, be mindful of our steps!!!
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Luann COGHLAN | 2 months, 3 weeks ago | Edited 2 months, 3 weeks ago
My Dad was a WWII Veteran, and he kept telling me, daughter your generation has to speak up, you have to protect the next generations. My buddies and I did what we could, we kept you free to have a voice and make choices. I used to think he was over reacting we live in a free country. Since watching FMTV I now know he was not over reacting and we do have to not be like sheep, we have to stay vigilant. Thank you to Percy and his beautiful wife and family for their faith and determination and to FMTV for voicing this story!!!!!! Just one of so many!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 months, 3 weeks ago
You are very much welcome, Luann! It is our great pleasure to be able to share this amazing film with the world and spread awareness :) Thanks so much for sharing and for your support! ♥ ~ Iris
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Charlotte W Coleman | 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Indeed who owns our lives. It is such a shame we are losing more of our freedoms for which many have given their lives . Thank you, FMTV for educating us.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Charlotte! The film truly holds a powerful message and we're glad to be here as a tool to spread awareness on important issues. Thanks for your support. ~ Jasmin ❤
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Ailene Hewitt | 7 months, 3 weeks ago
I just watched the film David versus Monsanto - wow what courage! Such awesome human beings they are! We all need to wake up. There are parallels here with the vaccination issue too.
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Glenda Page | 9 months, 2 weeks ago
I just finishing watching your David versus Monsanto. What I want to know is how this corporation got so massive in the U.S.? I think I already know the answer----our government sold us out for the almighty dollar. This is another reason for term limits----we have to get these people out of office. How do they sleep at night know what they have done to the American people and, subsequently, those all over the world? Thank you to Percy and his family for standing up to this menace in our society and thank you to FMTV for bringing this to light.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Glenda, you're very much welcome! It is our pleasure to be able to share this film with everyone and create awareness to the world :) Thanks for watching and for dropping by to comment! ~ Iris
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jane Simmonds | 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you, FMTV, for bringing this to light. People don't realise the danger of putting their heads in the sand. We have to support heritage seed providers and not to take the easy route so often more readily available.
If you don't expect the best, that is exactly what you will get.
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