Featured Post :: March Against Monsanto in Austin, TX
On Saturday, May 25th, people from around the world came together in solidarity against Monsanto. Over 2 million people on 6 continents, in 55 countries, and in over 450 cities marched in support of local farmers and real food…were you one of them?
For those unaware, Monsanto is a multinational biotech corporation and leading producer of genetically-engineered (GE) seeds (also known as GMOs – genetically modified organisms) as well as herbicide glyphosate (aka Roundup) and the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) commonly used in dairy cows. Monsanto seems to blatantly disregard the impacts their products have on public health and the natural environment. On top of all of this, their track record for creating roadblocks for organic, local food is massive.
Due to the frequent seed contamination via wind cross-pollination, Monsanto has successfully sued several small, organic farms for patent infringement. Recently (and shamefully) the US government recently passed the Monsanto Protection Act. This act, which was hidden in bill under the name “Farmer Assurance Provision”, allows farmers to plant genetically modified crops before they’ve been declared safe by the US Department of Agriculture. The Monsanto Protection Act passed, despite recent court orders suspending planting until environmental and health reviews are completed. In other words, Monsanto’s GE seeds are above the law, which is theoretically in place to protect the public.
From this shady provision, came the idea for the March Against Monsanto. Tami Monroe Canal felt she couldn’t “…sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something” as Monsanto “…threaten [her daughters’] generation’s health, fertility, and longevity.” And neither can we!
For me, the March Against Monsanto was an empowering reminder that we the people hold the power, not corporations. Despite the not ideal weather, hundreds of people rallied together for the cause. It was also touching moment to realize we are not alone in this long battle against the giant Monsanto and the politicians they have bought. As we continue to exercise our consumer and citizen muscles, we can (and will) change the world!
Also, be on the lookout for another demonstration correlating with World Food Day (October 12th). As people become more aware and empowered, our voice will only become louder and stronger!