March Against Monsanto - Rockford, Illinois

 23 May
 Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens - Rockford Park District
 1354 N Second St - 61107 - Rockford - United States
 John Galbo
This is a living document and may change at any time. We will be meeting in the parking lot area to the south of the conservatory. Things to remember: 1. This is a single-issue march. You may be upset about other social or financial issues, but please keep in mind that this is STRICTLY a GMO event. Those who want clean food, water and air are invited. 2. This is a family-friendly event. Please keep that in mind throughout the whole event. This is a peaceful march and those who are disruptive or obscene will be asked to leave. We will not hesitate to call the police if we need to. 3. Please either wear red or a bee/butterfly - inspired outfit. A yellow shirt with black electrical tape makes for a cheap and easy bee outfit. 4. Please bring signs. We have been amazed at the creativity of signs in the past. Signs are awesome. If you cannot make or forget to make a sign, we will have some pre-made ones available in limited quantities. 5. We have (hopefully) picked a location that is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. We welcome all who want to join us in this fight! Tentative Speaker List: Jessie Mermel. - Forest City 350 Angelic Organics Learning Center Shannon Wilde - Represent.Us Rockford Val Lemen - Speaking about the importance of quality food. Heidi Brelsford - Speaking about Monsanto's shady tactics Why do we march? 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 butterfly populations. NEIGHBORING MARCHES March Against Monsanto Chicago - Chicago event March Against Monsanto 2015 - Quad Cities - Quad Cities Event. -- Madison event

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