March Against Monsanto (MAM), May 23rd 2015
When and where?:
Come join us at this year’s rally On May 23rd 11:00am at Mr. PG where Hwy 97 and 16 intersect. Wear red, dress for the weather, bring your friends and family. Signs will be provided but feel free to bring your own.
What is March against Monsanto?:
It is a global march that started May 25, 2013 and occurs worldwide annually. It’s a protest against the Monsanto Corporation and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetic modification involves the mutation, insertion, or deletion of genes.
The key areas of controversy related to GMO are:
• Whether GM food should be labeled
• The role of government regulators
• The effect of GM crops on health and the environment
• The effect on pesticide resistance
• The impact of GM crops for farmers
• The role of GM crops in feeding the world population
Prince George MAM mission statement:
• We believe in doing business with integrity, so that health and safety considerations go hand in hand with making a profit. We promote the importance of food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology in order to protect the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Prince George, Canada, and around the world. We will be facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, and providing information to governments for policy development.
“The biotech giant Monsanto, which is responsible for genetically modifying much of the nation’s and world’s crops, announced that its earnings fell 34% in its first fiscal quarter as South American farmers reject GMO crops.”
"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.'s job" - Philip Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Playing God in the Garden" New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.
In its 1992 Statement of Food Policy, the FDA asserted:
“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.”
What’s the rest of the world doing?:
Much of the World Already Requires Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods
64 countries with over 40% of the world’s population already label genetically engineered foods, including the entire European Union. China labels genetically engineered foods.
What can you do?:
Want to get involved or support here’s how
Spend your money and buy local, organic or non GMO products
What you spend your money on creates market demand and market demand forces corporations to make changes to meet that demand. The more you buy organic or non GMO the more the demand increases for those products and suppliers are forced to supply those products instead to make money and stay in business.
For the March:
• Help spread the word about the march to your friends and family using word of mouth or social media. Tweet or post our event.
• Hand out flyers to people at crowded areas
• Put up posters around town and at local businesses that support the cause
• Help with or organize a fundraising event to help raise funds to pay for promotional materials and advertising.
• Make a donation in kind or cash – donations are needed for promotional material costs
• Help make posters and banners for the march
• COME TO THE MARCH and bring friends and family
Disclaimer: (the below mission statement is from headquarters of March against Monsanto.
Global mission statement:
On May 23rd 2015 concerned citizens and activists from around the globe united in the worlds largest movement for food security/food democracy.... and against " Monsanto". Monsanto has a dictatorship of our food and seed supply and the masses are waking up to the danger. We "March Against Monsanto." We are against untested and potentially very dangerous Genetically Modified Foods. We march for the for safety of our food and water supply internationally and for our environment and all living beings.----Why do we march? For safe organic food and clean drinking water as a right.
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-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO 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 or any testing of safety of GMO's.
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 GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world's bee population.
What are solutions we advocate?
Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting. Education for our family friends and neighbors Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
*********BANNING GMO's FROM CANADA***************
Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier. We had a very challenging battle against labeling trans-fats from this company let alone GMO's. Let us stand against GMO's in Canada.
--- Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act." Protection for our food supply with changes to Canadian law.
--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.
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.