~By Greg Zangari
Here at RFTS, we’ve been talking about Monsanto and the dangers of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods for a couple of years now (link to search term for articles including “GMO” on RFTS – you may want to read a few so that you can have a full understanding of why we are protesting). GMO food is the reason that we switched to organic and non-GMO foods and which is why we started growing our own food, organically, starting in 2012.
We’ve recently learned about the March Against Monsanto via GMO Free PA’s Facebook page. In fact, on Tuesday, May 14th, GMO Free PA had a group meeting to discuss the march happening on May 25th in the Philadelphia suburbs, not too far from our house, but we were not able to make it, however we hope to connect with them at the march. We stopped eating GMO foods almost 2 years ago and both Wendy and I have had major improvements in our overall health and we’ve lost weight as a “side effect”! Recent reports have shown that the nutritional value of GMO crops is inferior to non-GMO crops which is probably why we’ve felt so lousy for such a long time. If you want to avoid these foods, here are the basics you’ll need to think about, “How to Avoid Genetically Modified Food“.
To see why the organizers created the “March Against Monsanto” event, it becomes quite evident when we read their mission statement:
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 population.What are solutions we advocate?
- Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
- Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
- Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”
- 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.
On May 1st, Emilie Rensink, Media Facilitator of the, “March Against Monsanto” organization, posted a press release created for this event which states:
May 25 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for over 30 countries
SEATTLE, Wash. (May 1, 2013) – March Against Monsanto has announced that on May 25, tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the US, events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific in 47 states.
Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral Facebook page, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.” [The full March Against Monsanto mission statement can be read here.]
An organizer for the march in Athens, Greece, Roberta Gogos, spoke about the importance of the events in austerity-impacted South Europe. “Monsanto is working very hard to overturn EU regulation on obligatory labeling (questionable whether it’s really enforced in any case), and no doubt they will have their way in the end. Greece is in a precarious position right now, and Greece’s farmers falling prey to the petrochemical giant is a very real possibility.”
Josh Castro, organizer for Quito, says he wants to protect Ecuador against Monsanto’s influence, too. “Ecuador is such a beautiful place, with the richest biodiversity in the world. We will not allow this Garden of Eden to be compromised by evil multinational corporations like Monsanto. Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger. Agroecology is.”
Partners facilitating the organizing of March Against Monsanto include The Anti-Media, Activists’ Free Press and A Revolt – Digital Anarchy. Major sponsors include GMO Free USA, NationofChange and Films for Action. Official website: www.march-against-monsanto.com.
For media inquiries, contact Emilie Rensink at [email protected] To schedule an interview or for general information, contact Tami Monroe Canal at [email protected] For sponsorship inquiry, contact Nick Bernabe at [email protected]
We originally thought this march was only taking place in Washington, DC. Imagine our surprise when we found out this march was not only nationwide, but global! The march is happening in only 5 cities here in Pennsylvania, most on the eastern side of the state and as of right now, include Philadelphia, West Chester, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The first two cities listed are about 10 miles or less from our house and we’re hoping to be able to attend one of them to show our support!
I hope some of our local friends can join us! For a complete list of cities where this march will be held, it can be found, sorted alphabetically, by country, at this link – note that this list is preliminary and may expand. If you’d like to organize the event in a city which is not listed, contact the folks at March Against Monsanto for information, here.
Finally, here are two videos from RT America and PressForTruth.TV discussing this event. You can find more videos and referenced news articles posted on the “March Against Monsanto” site’s Media page.
Please join Ready For The Shift on 25 May 2013 to March Against Monsanto!
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