In 1998, a Canadian canola farmer, Percy Schmeiser, entered into a David vs Goliath battle when he decided to take on Monsanto.
Like many traditional farmers, he saved seeds from his previous harvest for planting. But when more than 320 hectares of his fields were found to be contaminated with Roundup Ready canola, Monsanto sued him for patent infringement.
Schmeiser fought back and, after a decade-long battle, won. The agri-giant settled out of court, agreeing to pay for all clean-up costs.
This was a much-needed win for him and for farmers everywhere. It also set an important precedent, that farmers may be entitled to reimbursement when their fields are contaminated with unwanted GM crops.
Now a new film, “Percy,” starring Christopher Walken as the unsinkable 70-year-old farmer, tells the dramatic story about how, by taking on the big guys, Schmeiser became an unsuspecting folk hero in the battle to protect farmers’ rights and the world’s food supply against corporate greed.
This inspiring, uplifting film is released nationwide, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
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