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9 arrested as anti-GMO activists block Monsanto site in California

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Nine anti-GMO protesters were arrested for blocking the gates to a large Monsanto seed plant in Southern California. The action aimed to draw attention to a November ballot initiative that would require labels on genetically modified food.

­Around a dozen activists from the Occupy Monsanto movement, some wearing biohazard suits, arrived at the plant on Wednesday morning and chained themselves to vehicles they parked at the entrances to Oxnard’s Seminis Vegetable Seeds.

The blockade prevented trucks from entering or leaving the facility for nearly six hours. Police arrested nine of the activist for trespassing, protest organizers said. The event was a preview of around sixty other events planned to take place next week in countries around the world, demonstrators said.

Seminis, a Monsanto subsidiary, is the world’s largest developer, grower and marketer of vegetable seeds. Its latest GMO product is sweet corn altered to withstand a common weed killer, and to ward off certain pests.

California voters are set to vote on a ballot initiative that would require labels on most processed foods informing consumers whether the crops or animals used in making them were genetically modified. Occupy Monsanto is not affiliated with the proposal’s backers.


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  • Vitorino Batalim

    Actions against GMO must not be taken agains agricultural sites. We must fight directly those who sell products to agricultural produicers and mainely against manufacturers of such GMO and poisoning products such as Monsanto, DOW, Beyer and others. Acting this way we do not attack the weaker people in the chain and if we destroi a factory we´ll get more efficacy and visibility for popular mobilization.

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