Joining Forces Against Monsanto
May 14, 2013 | Lindsey Blomberg
On May 25, people around the world will participate in the March Against Monsanto. Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries and over 250 cities. In the U.S., events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific time in 47 states. Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer of March Against Monsanto and creator of the event’s Facebook page, which has over 67,000 likes, said she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity,” Canal said. “I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”
March Against Monsanto’s website spells out a multitude of reasons why the demonstration against the biotechnology giant will take place, including: research studies that have shown Monsanto’s genetically modified foods (GMOs) can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancerous tumors, infertility and birth defects; the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, which the group believes is a questionable conflict of interest and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GMO products; that 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; that Monsanto’s GMO seeds are harmful to the environment and have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world’s bee population; and that the recently passed “Monsanto Protection Act”, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s geneticallymodified seeds.
Read more at E-The Environmental Magazine: Joining Forces Against Monsanto.