FEB 13, 2012 – Willie Nelson, along with 300,000 other activists who support small family farms and a healthy and fair food system, sued food giant Monsanto in Federal Court in Manhattan on January 31, 2012. The suit seeks to protect the harassment and threatening manner agribusiness giant Monsanto has exhibited, with threatening to go after any small farms that contain any trace of what they claim to be their property, genetically modified seeds. Willie and his campaign, Occupy The Food System, consists of many small groups, one being Food Democracy Now. All the activists are also fighting against Monsanto’s spraying of “Roundup herbicides”, which harm the soil, water and the farms around them. Willie states that the corporate takeover of small farms by large corporations has “led to the loss of millions of family farmers, destruction of our soil, pollution of our water and health epidemics of epic obesity and diabetes”. Read more about the lawsuit on NationofChange.org here, and check out Occupy The Food System Facebook Page here.
Also, an ad aired on the Grammy’s last night of Willie Nelson performing the haunting Coldplay classic, “The Scientists” (watch below) to help The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, an organization that is “Dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthful and equitable future”. You can purchase the song on iTunes here, where proceeds will benefit the foundation and help them in their work to protect small family farms. Check out their website here.