FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jim Gerritsen 207-429-9765
March 28, 2012
Wood Prairie Farm
press [at] woodprairie [dot] com
NEW YORK –Family farmers have filed a Notice of Appeal challenging Judge Naomi Buchwald's February 24th ruling dismissing Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Manhattan will hear the farmers' appeal, seeking to reinstate the case, which has received worldwide attention.
San Francisco, and most cities, prohibits fruit-bearing trees on sidewalks and other public right-of-ways, saying they are health and safety hazards. The fear is that fallen, rotten fruits attract rats and squirrels and cause pedestrians to slip and fall. Many of the urban trees managed by the SF Department of Public Works are ornamental fruit trees such as apple, pear, plum, lemon, and cherry which produce normal leaves and flowers, but small or no fruit.