In honor of World Food day, activists from around the world will once again join in solidarity to March Against Monsanto this Saturday, October 12. Supporters of the March against Monsanto are calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals produced by the multinational company.
As of publication, marches are set to occur on six continents, with events in over 400 cities, including one in Denver. Local organizers note the Denver event will begin at 11 in the morning on Saturday, participants are asked to meet at the west steps of the state capitol.
Speakers confirmed for the March against Monsanto rally in Denver include bee expert Gregg McMahan, from Rocky Mountain Bee, a company known for their dedication to rescuing honeybees and relocating them to rescue sanctuaries along the Front Range. Mr. McMahan will discuss the demise of the honey bee and what is the cause behind the epidemic.
Local doctor, Dr. John Lloyd DC, will speak about the effects of GMOs on health and the environment. He will examine the consequences of altering the natural growth cycle of our food and the staggering consequences of doing so. Dr. Lloyd holds the philosophy that the human body, when given the correct environment, has enormous potential to heal itself.
Maximus Blesch, lifelong activist, will also speak at Saturday’s event. He will expound on Monsanto’s link to Agent Orange, and the non-profit, Children of Vietnam Veterans Healthcare Alliance (COVVHA).
Opponents of genetically modified food feel GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety and that long-term, independent, peer-reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced into the market. The revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led opponents to question the objectivity of key figures who occupy positions of power at the FDA and EPA.
Monsanto along with other big agriculture companies like DuPont, have spent millions of dollars to obstruct labeling attempts, including the one happening now in Washington State. GMOs are currently labeled in 62 countries, including Russia and China, but not here in the United States.