Worldwide March Against Monsanto Oct 12
Today, Saturday, October 12, people all around the globe are mobilizing to March Against Monsanto, voicing their opposition of the use of genetically-modified seeds and foods, and to rail against the government protection that has been afforded to the U.S-based Agriculture Biotechnology giant. The organizers behind the march state that, "In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GM products." Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral March Against Monsanto Facebook page, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.” If you feel the same way, you can check out FoodDemocracyNow.org's list of events happening worldwide to see if there is a gathering happening near you that you can join today.
While recently, the U.S. Congress and President collectively passed bill nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds, after much opposition to this proposition (including Hawaii's Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, right), the Senate bill dropped the provision, and thus this "Monsanto Protection" expired at the end of September. “This is a victory for all those who think special interests shouldn’t get special deals,” says Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). “This secret rider, which was slipped into a must-pass spending bill earlier this year, instructed the Secretary of Agriculture to allow GMO crops to be cultivated and sold even when our courts had found they posed a potential risk to farmers of nearby crops, the environment, and human health.”
Building on this victory, today's marches in locations as diverse as South Africa, Australia, Bulgaria, France, and yes, right here in the U.S.A, will deliver a widespread message that consumers are becoming increasingly informed about their food chain and that they are refusing to allow the potential dangers of genetically-modified foods to threaten their own food supply.
Amongst the solutions that the March Against Monsanto organizers advocate are the following:
• Vote with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
• Calling for the labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
• Repealing relevant provisions of the U.S.'s "Monsanto Protection Act."
• Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
• Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.
• Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won't take these injustices quietly.
Stay tuned to the March Against Monsanto Facebook page for images from around the world, and check out their website for resources like the Non-GMO Shopping Guide and the Organic Consumers Association's "Millions Against Monsanto" page.
Did you, or someone you know, march today against Monsanto? What are your thoughts on keeping your food chain free from GMOs and the right for the consumer to know what's in their food via transparent labeling?