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May 25, 2013

Marching against Monsanto

 

100 of us gathered at noon in Silver City, NM under the marquee of Energy Ideal Green Boutique. We stood just feet away from the local farmer’s market and a few feet further from the local food coop. Many people grow their own food here, and our march was more of an affirmation of people doing the right thing than an impotent rage against an unscrupulous titan.

 

A friend and I drummed. Most carried signs. Our circuit took us down the main street, up the highway and around the annual Silver City Blues festival. We were greeted with honks from the drivers and raised fists from pedestrians. The organizer in front of me danced with her NO GMO sign as if it were the sexiest partner she’d ever encountered.

 

The protest was organized on facebook by recent college graduates. The woman who kicked off the event admitted she’d never used a bullhorn before. None of that mattered. The town was behind us. The local sign making shop offered a beautiful banner. The food coop served lemonade.

 

I gave up believing that a demonstration would change policy after a million people mobilized to protest the Iraq war to no avail. Monsanto is so fully entrenched in our government that it doesn’t need to heed the citizen’s cry.

 

But there is power in knowing you are part of a worldwide movement for a healthier future. When we take control of our food supply, it doesn’t much matter what Monsanto does.

 

So here’s to people power and the gentle reminders we offer one another when we unite.

 

--Abbe Anderson is a performing songwriter, astrologer, shamanic healer, yoga teacher, interfaith minister, and retreat guide living in Silver City, NM.

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Posted: Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:58 pm
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Beverly M. (85)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:18 pm
Thank you so much for sharing this Abbe ~ and maybe it won't change things but sometimes it's the idea that you even tried that makes the difference. Standing up for what you believe in is a brave act ~ especially if you stand alone.

Brian M. (200)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:53 am
We may need system change to get a government that actually listens to the will of the people and NOT the corporate agenda. Nonetheless, the global movement to ban GMO's made its presence known yesterday. We just have to keep on acting up and speaking out until we can no longer be ignored. We have to keep educating people, activating them, growing the movement. GMO can and and will be stopped. Thanks for all that you're doing.

Georgina Burns (22)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 12:28 pm
Wish i had been with you all.

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