(NaturalHealth365) On Saturday, May 24, millions of people, around the world, will stage the largest protect against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply. In my opinion, this event represents the growing desire for cleaner (healthier) food and a greater demand for corporate transparency – especially from the biotech industry and major food producers.
The March Against Monsanto, scheduled to take place in 400 different cities over 52 countries and six continents, is expected to draw millions, with 47 American states holding solidarity marches. Protesters will call for a permanent boycott on all GMOs and agro-chemicals.
Activists from all walks of life find common cause
The growing unease over the safety of GMOs in food has drawn together people from diverse races and religions, cutting across social class and economic status and uniting urbanites, farmers, professionals, blue collar workers, scientists, academicians, parents, natural food proponents, physicians and housewives.
In other words: ordinary citizens that reflect the face of America — all with a growing concern over GMOs in food, coupled with a deep-seated abhorrence for the unscrupulous actions of Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified (GM) seeds.
Passionate opponents of GMOs speak out
Tami Monroe Canal, the founder of March Against Monsanto, says she was motivated to start the movement in order to protect her two daughters from the dangers of GMOs. Referring to Monsanto’s “predatory business and corporate agricultural practices,” she believes that GMOs and pesticides are currently a serious threat to health, fertility and longevity, and calls for the development of a sustainable food production system instead.
According to Josh Castro, organizer of the March Against Monsanto in Quito, Ecuador, Monsanto’s practices contribute to soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, destruction of natural habitats and Colony Collapse Disorder, the phenomenon of suddenly-abandoned beehives that is currently threatening global honeybee population. Castro vows to prevent Monsanto from jeopardizing Ecuador’s rich biodiversity and “Garden of Eden”-like beauty.
The groundswell of opposition to Monsanto and GMOs is growing
GMO opponents say that biotech crops can cause organ damage, birth defects, sterility, autoimmune diseases, allergies and heightened risk of cancer. They point to a lack of long-term, independent peer-reviewed studies prior to the introduction of GMOs into human food and livestock feed, and decry the fact that key Monsanto figures hold powerful positions in both the FDA and EPA.
In addition, they note that multinational food producers have spent millions of dollars to fight all attempts to label GMOs in food. Why are they working so hard to hide GMOs?
The list of countries that have partially banned GMOs includes Austria, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Peru, Switzerland and France; labeling of GMOs is currently required in 62 different countries worldwide.
828 scientists have signed an international petition asking that the use of GM crops be suspended for five years while public safety enquiries are conducted.
Monsanto has perpetrated an outrage in India
The ”GM Genocide” – the suicide of an estimated 125,000 Indian farmers (some say more) in the state of Maharastra – is beginning to draw worldwide condemnation, with the U.K.’s Prince Charles one of the first to sound the alarm. In a story reported by the Daily Mail, Indian cotton growers were promised bumper crops if they switched from their traditional seeds to GM Monsanto BT seeds, and many borrowed heavily to obtain them.
When the crops failed, plunging the growers and their families into financial ruin, the distraught men took their own lives. In a bitter irony, the overwhelming majority died from ingesting insecticides – chemicals they had been told they would no longer need if they purchased the “magic seeds.”
As for Monsanto, the corporation insists that “suicide has always been a part of rural Indian life,” and blames alcoholism, drought, and rural poverty for the epidemic.
Nobody seems to be buying it.
There are many ways to participate in March Against Monsanto
Visit the March Against Monsanto site – which will help you find the march closest to you, along with directions on how to start your own march.
If you are physically unable to march, you can still express your opposition to GMOs and support the cause by joining in on a social media “hashtag storm,” which has been specially coordinated to coincide with Saturday’s march. March against Monsanto will be releasing the details and the hashtags through their event page, as well as on their Facebook page.
If you’d like to send a message to Monsanto that you’ve had enough of their lies, obstructionism and reckless regard for human safety, there is simply no better time to do it than this Saturday, May 24
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