On May 24, millions of activists from around the world will march against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Events are happening in in over 400 cities, in 52 countries, in 47 US states and on six continents. Click to see what's happening in your neck of the woods: Portland ... Eugene ... Madras ... Coos Bay
We invite you to show your support and solidarity for a sustainable, even ecologically regenerative food system (yes that is possible through practices like permaculture!), and to join us in our demand that Monsanto end it's predatory, reckless and just plain inconsiderate policies that impact nearly every global citizen alive today.
If Monsanto were a single person and not a global multinational corporation, any reasonable person forced to share a house with it would have long ago had it forcibly institutionalized for criminally insane behavior and for being a danger to itself and others. Just to name a few charges on a very long list:
- Literally doing everything it can to force untested GMOs down our throats. GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced for human or animal consumption. Monsanto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obstruct all labeling attempts; they also suppress any research containing results not in their favor. The scientifically established health risks include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility, infant mortality, birth defects, auto-immune conditions, allergies and increased cancer risks. GMOs have been partially banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South America, Russia, France, Switzerland and Costa Rico, and are currently labelled in 62 countries. Despite this, factory farm animals throughout the world are still fed GMOs. Here's an “Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs),” http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php, signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, detailed concern regarding GMOs coupled with a call for immediate 5 year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.”
- Stealing the votes it can't buy. In the USA, the revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led to key Monsanto figures occupying positions of power at the FDA and EPA. In 2012, Monsanto spent $40 million to defeat Prop 37, which would have labeled GMOs in California. It's smear campaign was so fraudulent that it sparked criminal investigation by the FBI.
- War Crimes on par with the Holocaust. Monsanto was the largest manufacturer the deadly chemical weapon known as Agent Orange, sprayed by US helicopters over villages and rainforests during the Vietnam War. Not only did Agent Orange kill untold numbers of people and devastate the lives of survivors, even their children continue to die by the tens of thousands today through generational exposure with no recognition from the United States Government. When Germany was defeated in World War II, IG Farben, the manufacturer of the chemical toxins used to kill millions in the concentration camps was summarily dismantled in court. It was kept alive as a corporation only so it could pay reparations, it assets were seized and many of its executives went to prison. Monsanto is no less guilty and yet continues to peddle its wares and get traded on Wall Street.
- Blatant disregard for the ecology that sustains us all. Josh Castro, organizer for Quito, Ecuador’s march observes, “Ecuador is such a beautiful place, with the richest biodiversity in the world. We will not allow this Garden of Eden to be compromised by the destructive practices of multinational corporations like Monsanto. Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger. Agroecology is. Monsanto's harmful practices are causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction, and contributing to beehive collapse. GMO crops cross pollinate with traditional crops, risking peasant farmers' livelihood."
- Driving hundreds of thousands of farmers to suicide. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide after Monsanto's Bt cotton seeds did not perform as promised. Farmers, left in desperate poverty, are opting to free their families of debt by drinking Monsanto pesticide, thereby ending their lives. Many farmers in other countries are also stripped of their livelihood as a result of false promises, seed patenting and meticulous legal action on the part of Monsanto and other big-ag interests. In many parts of Africa, farmers and their communities are left to choose between starving or eating GMOs.
Here are events happening in Oregon.
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