Monsanto may seem unstoppable, but Saturday, May 25 the diabolical agricultural corporation may have finally met its match: an impressive 2 million people turned out for March Against Monsanto, an international protest opposing GMOs.
Demonstrators gathered in 436 cities in over 50 countries to call for natural food options and an end to Monsanto’s unconscionable ways. Although the corporation is best known for altering seeds and expanding use of pesticides, the company has also been called out for intentionally destroying small farms, involving itself in a host of shady activity, and being the cause of the colony collapse disorder, which could destroy our food supply as we know it.
With all of these legitimate gripes, how does one reduce their Monsanto-targeted vitriol to a single talking point? It seems like an impossible task, but many of the protesters found creative ways to succinctly express their outrage via homemade signs. While attending Los Angeles’s March Against Monsanto event, I snapped photos of some of my favorites:
To see more signs and protests from anti-Monsanto marches around the world, check out this Facebook album, which includes photos of actions in South Africa, France, Portugal, Bulgaria, Chile, Japan, Norway and Australia.
Despite the massive turnout around the world, the protests attracted minimal mainstream media coverage. Nonetheless, it was a successful way for activists to network and inform their local communities about the potential harms of GMOs. As it stands, consumers are left in the dark on these issues since GMO products are rarely labeled as such.
Indeed, the work for those in the 100+ American cities that participated in March Against Monsanto is far from done. Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to reject laws requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled.