Upcoming March Against Monsanto

This Saturday, May 25th, will be the March Against Monsanto.  Monsanto’s history has not been pretty. Volumes can be written concerning the biotech monopoly’s influence in the political and academic world, patenting of manmade “life”, and creation of harmful chemicals including Agent Orange. The March Against Monsanto states they will protest for the following:

  • “Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.”
  • “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.”
  • “Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.”
  • “For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.”
  • “Monsanto’s GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world’s bee population.”

To find the closest march near you, refer here to the sites’ listing by country, state, and city.

 

Image Source: http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/

Sources: Monsanto: A Corporate Profile, Food and Water Watch, April 8 2013; Sara Ventiera, Broward Palm Beach New Times, April 8 2013; Emilie Rensink, March Against Monsanto, April 2 2013;

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