We marched against Monsanto: Now what do we do?
(NaturalHealth365) Just three months after Tami Canal created a Facebook page to March Against Monsanto, GMO labeling supporters rallied for what has become the largest known demonstration against the biotech food giant. In fact, some 426 cities and 52 countries participated in the protest with over 2 million people demanding GMO labeling.
Frisco’s passion is overwhelming
San Francisco’s organizer Eric Eberman decided to lead the Frisco march because his son-in-law, Antonio, died of colon cancer in late March in Mexico. Eberman shared the following during an exclusive NaturalHealth365 interview:
“As a child, as is far too common in impoverished rural parts of Mexico, Antonio had been sent to work on a coffee plantation. He was only 9 years old. During his time in that work he came into contact with a variety of agricultural chemicals, and though I don’t know which ones exactly, Monsanto’s Roundup is by far the most commonly used in that area so it is the most likely culprit.”
“Antonio was a very wise and gentle and kind man, an excellent father to five children and a good husband to my daughter. My fight with Monsanto is for justice for Antonio and to stop the epidemic of cancers and birth defects that have exploded in Mexico and other parts of the developing world.”
According to Eberman, Frisco’s march was highly successful. “We were able to create an environment of freedom of expression with no sense of repression at any time. Participants were treated to a variety of topical speakers on GMO, industrial and organic agriculture, Agent Orange, as well as thematic music and spoken word and performance art presentations.”
To continue contributing toward the global GMO labeling movement, Eberman says, “Going forward everyone agrees that there is excellent momentum to continue to spread the awareness and begin the longer-term processes of legislation and legality. The new committees are meeting soon and it seems there are some great ideas and really dedicated people on board.”
Boston families unite
Gathered with thousands of protestors around Boston Commons, Boston resident Ashley Groth, told NaturalHealth365.com that she marched to show her two year old daughter that you should take a stand in something you believe in.
Groth told us, “As soon as the government decided to support Monsanto,” the Boston real estate agent said, “Something struck a cord in me.”
She memorialized the moment by videotaping her daughter Xaviera chanting with the hundreds of other children in attendance, “NO MONSANTO, NO GMO!”
According to Groth, the march had a significant impact on local Boston residents who were drawn by the large crowds, banner, and speakers. Unaware of what was happening, dozens of people were added to their numbers and the March grew!
To continue the momentum, Groth believes that Facebook and other social media outlets need to be implemented to keep our friends, family and especially our children informed.
The potential that social media has given people to organize events like this is unfathomable. No one could have anticipated this unbelievable turnout stemming from an obscure Facebook page.
“If I had gotten 3,000 people to join me, I would have considered that a success,” AP quoted Canal as saying Saturday. Event organizers rallied across the globe employing Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to both document and maximize the turnout.
With Monsanto stealing the world’s food supply, they’ve veritably taking away our power to live a healthy, sustainable life. “I’m getting to point where I don’t want to eat anything I haven’t grown,” Groth says, “I have to find a way to keep my own power.”
The next worldwide “March Against Monsanto” is slated for October 12, 2013 and NOW is the time to get involved. Global leaders are calling for all anti-GMO protestors to participate and help make the next March even more impactful.
“Like” your local March Against Monsanto group on Facebook today and be part of the movement that is trying to take down Big Ag.
Stay tuned to NaturalHealth365 for updates.
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