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Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in 428 cities are expected to turn out this weekend to protest agribusiness giant Monsanto. The third annual ‘March Against Monsanto’ seeks to highlight the company’s part in control of the food supply.

The worldwide protest scheduled for May 23 is a continuation of growing awareness and opposition to industrial agriculture’s increasing consolidation of farming resources and methods, according to organizers.

In 2013, the first March Against Monsanto garnered more than 2 million protesters in 436 cities across the world, according to a previous report by RT. Similar numbers were reported for last year’s demonstrations.

Monsanto’s track record has been scrutinized ever since it aided US warfare during the Vietnam war. Agent Orange was manufactured for the US Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation, the use of which is estimated to have killed and maimed around 400,000 while causing birth defects for 500,000 children.

Scientific studies have linked the chemicals in Monsanto’s biocides to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and cancer.

“People are fed up. We should break up Monsanto,” Adam Eidinger of Occupy Monsanto told RT. “Monsanto is a monopoly, and it’s acting like one. It’s basically controlling 90 percent of the seed market in the United States. We wouldn’t let one cell phone company control 90 percent of the cell phones. But for some reason we let food be controlled.”

As the most powerful multinational biotech corporation today, Monsanto has drawn the ire of those within the movement for its firm grip on the global food chain. The company’s control and advancement of genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds is of prime concern.

“In polls conducted by the New York Times, Washington Post, Consumer Reports, and many others, over 90% of respondents were in support of national GMO labeling – an initiative that has been defeated time and time again at the state level thanks to heavy spending by Monsanto-backed lobbying groups,” wrote March Against Monsanto in a news release.

Amid a wave of concern over genetically engineered foods sweeping through the US and around the world, major agribusiness and biotechnology conglomerates like Monsanto have spent immense amounts of cash to cloud the ‘right-to-know’ movement in the US.

According to the Center for Food Safety, dozens of US states have in recent years considered labeling legislation and ballot initiatives while a handful have passed laws mandating GMO transparency. Vermont’s governor signed the nation’s first clean GMO-labeling requirement into law in 2014, to take effect in 2016, but a coalition of biotech firms filed a lawsuit to prevent that from happening. Other states have passed labeling laws, but with strings attached.

To counter this movement, powerful farming and biotechnology interest groups have joined forces under the name “Coalition for Safe Affordable Food” to push a federal voluntary labeling standard for food made with GMOs, which would preempt state laws.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 — called the “Denying Americans the Right-to-Know Act” by opponents — was introduced by Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo, an ally of Charles and David Koch, heads of the powerful multinational corporation Koch Industries. The bill has yet to leave the committee level, as of May 22.

Congressional supporters of an involuntary federal labeling standard have responded with the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, reintroduced in Congress in February.

The claim by biotech companies that GMOs are key to feeding the world’s growing population has been heavily contested. A recent report found that GMO “seed companies’ investment in improving yields in already high-yielding areas does little to improve food security; it mainly helps line the pockets of seed and chemical companies, large-scale growers and producers of corn ethanol.”

GMO crops and ingredients have been consumed in the US for more than two decades. Large amounts of corn, soybeans, and canola produced in the US are genetically engineered. As much as 75 percent of processed food made in the US contains GMO ingredients.

GMO seeds have caused use of glyphosate, the leading ingredient in the company’s Roundup biocide, to increase immensely since the 1990s, according to US Geological Survey data.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer announced in May that Roundup, the most used herbicide in the world, is a “probable carcinogen.”

“There’s no question that March Against Monsanto is the most powerful grassroots initiative we have in the fight to reclaim our food supply from the GMO seed juggernaut known as the Monsanto Company,” said Anthony Gucciardi, a March Against Monsanto speaker.

“With the new admission by the World Health Organization that Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup is causing cancer worldwide, now is the most important time to join the movement and take a stand.”

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  • Defiant

    Good, people are waking up, finally.
    It was about time.

  • JaimeCA

    Dark History of Monsanto
    URL: http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/dark-history-monsanto/

    Monsanto is one of the largest pharmaceutical and agricultural companies that producers a wide range of genetically modified foods and seeds, drugs and pesticides and herbicides. This multibillion dollar company has branches in 100 different countries and is the main producer of genetically modified crops and seeds in the world.

    A lobbyist Patrick Moore for Monsanto claimed that it was safe to drink “a quart” of the company’s Roundup pesticide, but pointedly refused to try even a sip when offered a glass during an interview with French TV before storming off the set. He then walked off set, calling the interviewer a “jerk.”

    US government has fined Monsanto $600,000 for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled toxic chemical releases from its Idaho phosphate plant. All agriculture countries farmers should avoid US made pesticides and herbicide. One should avoid all US brand foods, agriculture products and fast-food chains for healthy living. Blind Love#69 with US sucks to the last drop in long run.

  • JaimeCA

    TPIP and TPP countries can hardly break this racket. Love ma69 US blindly and get sucked.

  • skreamer

    monsato=bill gates

  • nude US

    We have participated actively in the local protest rally against the monsanto. Hope, our voices may be heard by the government and GMO products will be either banned or properly labelled by strict legislation.

  • Abe

    You don’t need a PhD to see the obvious in these graphs!

    Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the deterioration of health in the United States of America

    http://farmwars.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/JOS_Volume-9_Number-2_Nov_2014-Swanson-et-al.pdf

  • nude US

    Abe’s link is informative.
    Barbara H. Peterson’s cartoon on FarmWars.
    http://farmwars.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Level-of-Crazy.jpg

  • Abe

    Check this out!! GMO homemade smack
    Researchers warn that genetically engineered yeast could make it possible.
    http://www.startribune.com/her…..304176881/

    Looks like that outfit in Tasmania got the go on there GMO poppies!!
    WHAT! GMO Afghan poppy seeds!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO-xnyqKwB4

    The Australian state’s poppy producers are lobbying for the GMO moratorium to be lifted in Tasmania. Tasmania’s powerful poppy industry, the world’s largest supplier of pharmaceutical grade opiates for painkillers, is lobbying for the moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMO) to be lifted.
    http://www.gmo-free-regions.or…..29472.html

  • nude US

    Countries & Regions With GE/GMO Food/Crop Bans
    https://www.organicconsumers.org/old_articles/gefood/countrieswithbans.php
    GE/GMO Food/Crop protest and bans activities need proper and supporting farmers educational media materials as well.

  • Татьяна

    Хорошо!

  • JaimeCA

    According to World Health Organization, Genetically engineered GE or genetically modified GM foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism. Currently available GM foods stem mostly from plants, but in the future foods derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are likely to be introduced on the market. Most existing genetically modified crops have been developed to improve yield, through the introduction of resistance to plant diseases or of increased tolerance of herbicides.

    Harmful Effects of Genetically modified GM foods are:

    Food Allergy
    Food Allergy affects approximately 5% of children and 2% of adults in the U.S. and is a significant public health threat. Allergic reactions in humans occur when a normally harmless protein enters the body and stimulates an immune response.

    Increased Toxicity
    If other genes in the plant become damaged during the insertion process it could cause the plant to alter its production of toxins.

    Decreased Nutritional Value
    A genetically modified plant could theoretically have lower nutritional quality than its traditional counterpart by making nutrients unavailable or indigestible to humans.

    Antibiotic resistance
    In recent years health professionals have become alarmed by the increasing number of bacterial strains that are showing resistance to antibiotics. Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics by creating antibiotic resistance genes through natural mutation. This may lead to hard to cure diseases or disorders.

    This would create a serious public health problems.

    It has been estimated that 80% of all processed foods in the United States contain at least one genetically modified ingredient—usually a product of soy plants. There are initiatives afoot to require food manufacturers to provide clear labeling on processed food products that contain genetically modified ingredients. This would make it easier for people with allergies to avoid foods that might pose a danger to them, and it would allow those who oppose genetically modified foods to opt out of buying them.

    Unlike countries such as Australia and Japan, the United States and Canada currently have no laws requiring companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients.

    The Right to Know

    Buyers and consumers have a right to know what’s they are buying what’s in their plates. Countries that require labels for GM foods include China, Australia, and the European Union. But the US and Canada do not make food companies mark or label the GM products with GM ingredients. So it’s no surprise many Americans and Canadians don’t realize what they’re eating.

  • skreamer

    The people responsible for such a thing need to be taken out!, before they take out all humans!
    These bastards have so much money that they own their own organic farms, they never need to buy the food most people buy to survive! They have their slaves tending their organic farms!….but are more than happy to kill you and your children with energetically modified shit, when there is absolutely no need for it in the first place….”we invented greenhouses a long long time ago!”…we can grow food in Antarctica now!!! Genetically modified is another word for population control! Bill gates the main shareholder in Monsanto is also pushing his Ebola vaccine which is the actual cause of the virus and deaths happening…that’s why they push it on uneducated Africans!
    I would like to see someone bash Bill gates to death with a piece of computer hardware!…it would be so funny!

  • Abe

    “The people responsible for such a thing need to be taken out!, before they take out all humans!” :-bd

    Youbetcha! Since the courts call the News “A Reality show”, that would be just the place to show it. I’d even volunteer to squeeze the rigger, pull the lever, push the button, throw the switch, release the blade or even dump the basket! :D

  • JaimeCA

    flax has been gown illegally in Canada and exported around the globe.
    http://www.gmcontaminationregister.org/index.php?content=nw_detail1
    The initial discovery of unauthorized GM Flax was in Germany of some flax that had been imported from Canada. This was on the 8 September 2009, Since that first discovery GM flax continues to be discovered around Europe and is thought to have been imported to over 30 countries around the world. The table at the bottom of the page shows the confirmed cases the Contamination Register has been able to record.

  • JaimeCA

    Glyphosate’s adverse effects on Pedersen’s piglets is only one example of the pesticide’s health risks. In a major paper published by Earth Open Source, “GMO Myths and Truths: An Evidence-Based Examination of the Claims Made for the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops,” Kings College molecular geneticist Michael Antoniou, molecular biologist John Fagan and GM Watch’s Claire Robinson outline the known health risks now shown to be associated with glyphosate:

    IMAGE : http://s10.postimg.org/9a5zber6v/SAY_NO_2_GMO.jpg

    * DNA damage
    * Premature births and miscarriages
    * Birth defects including neural tube defects and anencephaly (absence of large parts of the brain and skull
    * Multiple myeloma
    * Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    * Disruption of neurobehavioral development in children, including attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorde

    It is very hard to estimate damages already done by Monsanto & other Glyphosate Manufacturers to the pregnant mother and a baby yet to be born (with damaged DNA or disorder). I simply do not have any words for Glyphosate Manufacturers.

  • JaimeCA

    A lobbyist Patrick Moore for Monsanto claimed that it was safe to drink “a quart” of the company’s Roundup pesticide, but pointedly refused to try even a sip when offered a glass during an interview with French TV before storming off the set. He then walked off set, calling the interviewer a “jerk.”

    VIDEO : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HzSOrbvNUQ

    Another Monsanto racket that I have came across is : Monsanto’s Golden Rice.

  • JaimeCA

    Powerpoint Presentation “Say No GMO”

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