In my small town of Waterville, WA, farming wheat is not just what we do for a living, it's a way of life. It's how we feed our families. And when big pesticide and chemical companies come in and plant these experimental crops, they are not concerned about my family; they are concerned about their bottom line.
Last week unapproved genetically engineered wheat was found contaminating an Oregon farmer’s fields. If this uncontrolled open-air testing of non-FDA approved wheat happened there, it can happen anywhere and farmers like me could face serious financial harm as a result of this failed experiment with genetically engineered wheat.
Our overseas customers have clearly stated that they do not want GE wheat, and I can't gamble my family's livelihood if wheat exports are barred or shipments are halted because of possible contamination. Today, Washington wheat farmers joined Kansas wheat farmers in filing a class-action lawsuit against Monsanto for their irresponsible practices.
Will you stand with me, my family, my neighbors and my fellow farmers? We need to know that you have our backs. Sign the petition to stand with wheat farmers against Monsanto’s testing practices.
Joe Ludeman Waterville, WA