EARTH – Saturday, May 23, a broad coalition of individuals and groups will gather in cities and towns all over the world, as part of a global March Against Monsanto. The intention of this march is to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to fight for labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered and/or modified materials.
It has been estimated that 38 countries spanning 6 continents and 428 cities will be participating in the Global March Against Monsanto for a peaceful, non-violent, informational protest.
Monsanto’s and other companies (e.g., Dow, Syngenta) genetically engineered food pose scientifically established health risks. These include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility and infant mortality, birth defects, immune reactions, allergies and increased cancer risks, http://healthyfoodnaturally.com/2012/02/07/gmo-health-risks/
“Monsanto is bankrupting famers, causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, and bee hive collapse. Furthermore, their practices pose a very real threat to organic farming and loss of native plants. It is causing dependency on a centralized food system. In aggregate, this is a recipe for global famine,” warns long-time activist and member of the Gateway Greens, Daniel Romano.
An “Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)” (www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php), signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, detailed concern regarding GMOs coupled with a call for immediate 5 year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.”
GMOs have been removed and banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South America, Russia, France, and Switzerland.
“Monsanto does not want consumers to know what they are eating and is continuing to aggressively fight labeling of GMOs in food. This effort is now reaching even further than blocking attempts by states like California, Oregon and Hawaii from passing labeling laws. Currently a Monsanto former lobbyist is one of the corporate representatives drafting the newest and largest international trade agreement, the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership). Non-Labeling of GMO foods is being written into the TPP.” – Barbara Chicherio, Gateway Green Alliance
The legislation pushed by the opposition is known much maligned (and misleading) “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” which has been dubbed by activists as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.
The DARK Act was actually introduced by a powerful pro-GMO food lobby (learn more about it here).
An online event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/753961208032987/
A complete list of events can be found here: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/events