|Kansas Rancher Jake Geiger|
"I'd like to plant our own seeds," explained Geiger. "We've been doing it for thousands of years and if we lose the ability to save our own seeds through infiltration or contamination of transgenic seeds it would be a major impediment to us." The owner of family-run Alba Ranch said he felt he had no other choice but to defend himself via the court system. Geiger and the large extended family raise livestock and a wide variety of crops to USDA Organic standards. They've firmly established their reputation as one of the heartland's leading organic family farms.
|Kansas Rancher Jake Geiger in Front of Rye Field|
Although most of his neighbors use conventional inputs like chemical fertilizers and pesticides, Geiger feels he can manage with buffer areas and good neighbor relationships. However, he's not sure it's that simple to keep transgenic, lab-produced seeds from contaminating his fields. So he will persist, along with dozens of other plaintiffs who want to take Monsanto to task for its use of GM seeds and the perceived threat to the future of farming. Geiger solemnly states, "I can't concur with the use of transgenic seeds. I think that's a risk we can't take."