March Against Monsanto has announced that on Saturday, 12 October, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the United States. Tens of thousands of activists are expected to stand up for local farmers and protest against genetically modified (GMO) crops. The events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific in 47 states.
“I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. I couldn't sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something,” said Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral Facebook page. Canal was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters.
An organizer for the march in Athens, Greece, Roberta Gogos, spoke about the importance of the events in austerity-impacted South Europe. “Monsanto is working very hard to overturn EU regulation on obligatory labeling (questionable whether it's really enforced in any case), and no doubt they will have their way in the end. Greece is in a precarious position right now, and Greece's farmers falling prey to the petrochemical giant is a very real possibility.”
The goals of the demonstrations are to protect the world’s food supply, support local farmers, spread awareness of the harmful effects of genetically modified foods, and to promote organic solutions.
“Ecuador is such a beautiful place, with the richest biodiversity in the world,” said Josh Castro, organizer for Quito. “We will not allow this Garden of Eden to be compromised by evil multinational corporations like Monsanto. Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger. Agroecology is.”
Partners facilitating the organizing of March Against Monsanto include The Anti-Media, Activists’ Free Press A Revolt - Digital Anarchy and Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance. Major sponsors include GMO Free USA, NationofChange and Films for Action. For more information, visit www.march-against-monsanto.com.
Monsanto is based out of St. Louis, MO. In March of this year, Monsanto lobbyists were successful in influencing Congress to pass the “Monsanto Protection Act.” This Act essentially allows Monsanto and other biotech companies that use GMOs to plant and sell genetically-altered products without gaining federal permission.
Some of the GMO seeds include corn, cotton and soybeans. Despite the demonstrations and public outcry, Monsanto claims that the company ended the fiscal year 2013 with a 20% ongoing earnings growth. Monsanto trades on the NYSE as MON.
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