Facebook: Give the "Grow Food Not Lawns" page to the real FNL organization.
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Food not Lawns was founded in 1999 by Heather Jo Flores and others from the local Food Not Bombs chapter in Eugene, Oregon. Since then we have been advocating turning lawns into gardens and neighborhoods into communities around the globe. In 2006, Heather Jo Flores published the book, Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, and from there, the movement really started to blossom. Since Facebook started, our official page there has been www.facebook.com/foodnotlawns.
We also have an awesome International discussion group at www.facebook.com/groups/foodnotlawns.official
HOWEVER:In 2012, "Grow Food Not Lawns" started a Facebook page, aggressively promoting their agenda by posting memes and political propaganda on everything from food politics and GMO's to "Kids who grew up in the 70's." Upon closer examination, it was obvious that most of the posts linked directly to "RealFarmacy.com." Owned by "RealFarmacy," the page located at
In 2012, "Grow Food Not Lawns" started a Facebook page, aggressively promoting their agenda by posting memes and political propaganda on everything from food politics and GMO's to "Kids who grew up in the 70's." Upon closer examination, it was obvious that most of the posts linked directly to "RealFarmacy.com." Owned by "RealFarmacy," the page located at www.facebook.com/growfoodnotlawns serves the purpose of driving click-through traffic to their profit-driven website. In addition, their pages contain large volumes of plagiarized material: writing and photographs taken from reputable writers in the sustainability movement and reposted, edited, and labeled with the Grow Food Not Lawns mark without any credit or links to the original source. (Numerous examples available upon request.)
Heather Jo Flores has received dozens of complaints from supporters of the Food Not Lawns movement who were offended by content from "Grow food not lawns" and mistakenly thought it was affiliated with the book and organization. When contacted by Heather Jo Flores in 2012, the owner of RealFarmacy, Eamon James Cahall, acknowledged starting the Grow Food Not Lawns page after reading the book. But later, this February, he lied about that fact and filed a fraudulent date of first use on his trademark application (USPTO serial #86530292) stating that he had founded the organization in 1982, the day he was born.
Through hiring a lawyer and petitioning the USPTO, we have been able to negate the fraudulent application and have now secured this trademark for the legitimate Food Not Lawns network, but "Grow Food Not Lawns" continues to plagiarize, lie, and profit from the illegal use of our name. We are petitioning Facebook to support us, but it is a long and arduous process, costing thousands of dollars paid by Heather Jo Flores out of pocket.
Sign this petition to ask Facebook to give the fraudulent Grow Food Not Lawns Facebook page to the legitimate organization. Food Not Lawns is for the people, not for profit! And we do not plagiarize ideas, words or images from other activists. Imagine the good work we can do when we have access to the large amount of followers there! Instead of posting clickbait and stolen articles, we will be able to promote real, on-the-ground community work!
- Intellectual Property Department
Please give full control of the "Grow Food Not Lawns" Facebook page to the rightful owner of the Food Not Lawns trademark and the founder/director of the legitimate organization, Heather Jo Flores. Food Not Lawns is for people, not for profit, so please give us the opportunity to promote our actual on-the-ground projects rather than plagiarizing other people's writing just to drive traffic to click-bait websites.
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