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Occupy Wall Street Joins Farmers’ Fight Against Monsanto

Occupy Wall Street Joins Farmers’ Fight Against Monsanto

Despite pressure from media critics to issue a list of demands, or focus on a unified message, the decentralized Occupy Wall Street movement in American has sought to maintain its comprehensive resistance to corporate green in all forms.

Throughout the movement’s short history, we’ve seen OWS protests expose the dishonest practices of Big Banks, fight to save homes from unlawful foreclosure, and increase public knowledge of renewable energy, gardening and composting.

Occupy Wall Street acknowledges what many in today’s society can’t or won’t: that corporate greed permeates every industry in the United States, driving the 1%’s profits up while opportunities for small businesses plummet. Nowhere is this imbalance more obvious than than our food system.

On January 31st, family farmers from across the county will take part in the first phase of the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) seed, which can contaminate organic and non-GMO farmers’ crops and open them up to abusive lawsuits.

As a result of aggressive lawsuits against farmers with contaminated crops, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.

But farmers are fighting back! The Federal District Court judge has agreed to hear oral arguments in this landmark case to decide whether or not this case will move forward.

Occupy Wall Street Food Justice, Occupy Big Food and Food Democracy Now! will assemble in solidarity with farmers on the front lines of the struggle against corporate domination of our food system.

Those who believe the American food system has been overrun by the lobbying dollars of Monsanto and other similar corporations are invited to gather at 9 am on January 31st in Foley Square. There will be special speakers, demonstrations, and plenty of mic checks. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs or make them in the square.

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2:51PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:13PM PDT on May 23, 2012

This is good news for ALL of us! I am grateful to hear that Occupy Wall Street Food Justice, Occupy Big Food and Food Democracy Now are teaming up. And it is genuinely regrettable that many aren't aware of how Monsanto has manipulated our food supply. Not only is it time for Monsanto to become a part of our corporate past (and no, I don't mean reassemble under a new corporate name) but it's time to invite those legislators and agencies, who have supported them, to step down from their offices of authority/positions of power. They no longer serve The People.

11:52AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Monsanto must go, and Bayer must be banned from producing its bee-killing, pollinator collapsing Neonicotinoid pesticide immediately. Let's buy ORGANIC so that evil does not profit. WE can STOP THEM with our refusal to trade our dollars for their so-called "natural" corn and other produce. NEVER BUY "NATURAL" as these are GMO, Pesticide-infused foods!

11:17PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Monsanto is EVIL and needs to be stopped NOW.

4:31PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Monsanto is an evil company, I'm so glad that OWS is taking it on. Corporate greed can no longer dominate and run our lives, it's about time we took back our health and stand up to bullies and greedy company's like Monsato.

8:48AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

I love it!
The occupy movement including the fight against Monster Monsanto is wonderful. This cause belongs with this movement because it is by the People for the People....
I fail to understand why the FDA is going against the PEOPLE!!!!!

1:57PM PST on Feb 16, 2012


12:05PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Here in Tucson, our Occupiers have some free time, so I have handed out petition statement sheets. As they go about the city informing the citizenry about OWS and our mission, our commitment to change, they obtain signatures against Monsanto.

I find it amazing how many people are unaware of Monsanto's goal of taking near full control of the food they eat. Then again, there are so many people how are unaware of the true OWS and our stated goals.

3:56AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Thank you for good news. Petition signed

6:58PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

I hope all goes well for the OWSers! Its about time we stop letting corporations run our country!

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