Announcing the next phase of The New England Food System Resilience Fund. Learn More

October / 1999

The Foundation on Economic Trends

To file two federal lawsuits aimed at slowing the current rapid transition to genetically engineered agriculture in the United States. The first lawsuit will charge the US Patent and Trademark Office with illegally allowing patents on genes in violation of federal statutes prohibiting patents on “discoveries of nature.” The second lawsuit is anti-trust litigation that claims a small number of multi-national corporations are creating a monopoly on the system of food production, which has dangerous implications for the world’s food supply. Both lawsuits may have international ramifications.