Percy Schmeiser (5 January 1931 – 13 October 2020) was a Canadian businessman, farmer, and politician.
In 1954, he took over the operations of the family owned farm, gas station, and farm equipment dealership. He renamed the farm equipment dealership Schmeiser's Garage and added a second farm equipment dealership in Humboldt, Saskatchewan (Central Farm Sales) in 1986 and oversaw their operations until their sale in 2003.
He got into trouble while farming, he specialized in breeding and growing canola, field peas, mustard, and wheat.
He is the subject of the 2009 film David Versus Monsanto and the 2020 film Percy vs Goliath recently released from my friends at Paramount. The film follows 70-year-old small-town Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser (Christopher Walken), who takes on a giant corporation after their GMOs interfere with his crops.
Percy was a seed saver and didn't use Monsanto's seeds, but he had neighbors that did and believe this was a case of contamination.
Getting legal help from local lawyer Jackson Weaver, it was a losing battle as the laws favor Monsanto.
Percy and his family were seen, at first, by their fellow farmers as fighting a losing situation and making things worse for everyone.
Rebecca Salcau (Christina Ricci), a representative of the People's Environmental Protect (PEP) offered to help, but it would mean Percy would have to publicly speak against Monsanto to gain media attention and earn revenue to fund his fight.
It didn’t happen overnight but gradually Percy accepted Rebecca’s help, and began to speak publically against this giant.
The two start to realize this isn’t just a concern for Americans when he is invited to India to speak.
While in India, his wife has broken an arm. As Percy’s debt starts to rise, and the pressure on his family increases — he must decide if he will drop the fight, or go all the way to the Supreme Court.
If you’re looking for a new stand-up-and-cheer film, this is it.