Those angered by the recent signing of the Monsanto Protection Act will have a chance to air their frustrations next Saturday, May 25. The March Against Monsanto is taking place in cities all over the world to protest the company and the act that many feel was signed to give it power over the law.
The March Against Monsanto website shows 44 countries taking part in the March. Most Marches are being held in the United States, taking place in 38 different states and Puerto Rico. These Marches have been organized just two months after the bill was signed into law by President Obama. Though spurred on by the signing of the Monsanto Protection Act, the March Against Monsanto is being held to also protest other aspects of the company. The website states the purposes of the March are:
- Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
- In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GM products.
- Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
- For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
- Monsanto’s GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world’s bee population.
It is hoped that the March will unite those against Monsanto in their cause to eradicate genetically modified foods. The promotion of small and organic farms is also a rallying point, with many of the Marches being held taking place in or around farmer’s markets. The people behind the March Against Monsanto are also asking their followers buy organic and boycott Monsanto owned companies that use GMOs in their products. To find a March near you, visit the official March Against Monsanto website, www.march-against-monsanto.com