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Fiona
- 1856 days ago - earthfirstjournal.org
To the rhythms of drums and chants, concerned people took to the streets across 436 cities in 52 countries yesterday. The message was clear: smash Monsanto. With thousands marching from coast to coast, Canada to Argentina, and around the world,



   

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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday May 26, 2014, 1:13 pm
The March Against Monsanto now ranks as the most widespread and well attended global event in history. This is only the second year for the March Against Monsanto.....Obviously the people of the planet are speaking with a thunderous collective voice.

It is not only GM products, but the continuing economy of globalization, that Monsanto represents. Thanks to major seed companies and agricultural conglomerates like Monsanto and Cargill, the very definition of farmer has changed throughout the world—from a person or group of people in a given community who specialized in producing food to a corporate, land-owning entity comprised more of machines, technological assemblages, and inputs than of people who work the land. Thus, the target of protest is not only GMs, although GMs are a central aspect, but also the supply chain of multinational corporations that transforms food into a commodity that many throughout the world cannot afford.

In the context of today’s historical epoch—the Global Land Grab, in which farmland is being grabbed by multinational corporations from vulnerable populations like small farmers, campesin@s, and Indigenous peoples throughout the world—the March Against Monsanto has taken on a particularly sharp edge.

In Ethiopia, where Monsanto has taken up shop through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, reports have emerged of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people flooding the streets of the capital city, Addis Ababa, to demonstrate against land grabbing.

Monsanto has also ingrained itself in Mali since the US-backed coup of 2012, in spite of renewed fighting in the North that only yesterday claimed the lives of 50 soldiers. Malian cotton farmers, who have resisted Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt Cotton seeds since 2004, are being brushed to the side. The process of side-stepping traditional agriculture moved forward in 2010 through the IMF-mandated privatization of La Compagnie malienne pour le développement du textile against the organized opposition of farmers who petitioned through the People’s Forum. A year after the coup, the USDA announced that Malian farmers are “ready to adopt Bt Cotton,” although Mali’s “biosafety law needs to be revised and made functional.” The biosafety law is to be removed, because it restricts the ability of researchers to run field tests.
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday May 26, 2014, 1:25 pm
Even in Ukraine, Monsanto’s influence can be seen in the wake of intervention. A looming food crisis hangs over Ukraine, as the fighting brought on by the EU-backed ”opposition” impeded the planting of around 20 percent of spring grains—11 tons of grain. Monsanto, however, is taking the opposition’s accession to power in stride, having announced plans last summer to build a $150 million non-GM seed plant in the strife-ridden country (part of a drive to spend more than half a billion dollars updating and expanding plants in France, Romania, Hungary, and Turkey). Dupont already has a seed plant in Ukraine, and Cargill has jumped into the agricultural business in Ukraine as well, purchasing a 5 percent share in the largest agricultural company worth $200 million.

Russia is far more difficult; Putin warned Obama last year of a possible global war over Monsanto’s bee-killing, breast cancer-causing GM products. China, too, has banned GM products, and their significant investment in agricultural land throughout Central and Southeast Asia has caused consternation in their North Atlantic counterparts.

In the "rice bowl" areas of China and Southeast Asia, sparks are already flying and the staging of a much bigger March against Monsanto was already being planned during this march for the Third Year of the March Against Monsanto. There is only one possible way for this to go.....more of the citizens of the globe will become united in resistance to Monsanto and to all of the ways its evil is being manifested throughout the world.
 

Lady Suki (446)
Monday May 26, 2014, 1:54 pm
Thanks for the forward Betsy. Yes, they are evil.
 

Roseann d (178)
Monday May 26, 2014, 1:56 pm
Of course, not a peep heard on network news.
 

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday May 26, 2014, 1:58 pm
thanks
 

Birgit W (160)
Monday May 26, 2014, 2:11 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Barbara K (61)
Monday May 26, 2014, 2:18 pm
Network news is dead. It doesn't work for people, and we cannot believe what they say anyway. Thanks for posting this, Betsy, guess we have to work at getting the news out ourselves. That's okay, we can do it.
Monsanto spreads nothing but death. That is what it is for. It kills weeds, insects, and ultimately, us. Don't use any of their products.
 

Arielle S (313)
Monday May 26, 2014, 2:21 pm
Nope, nothing on the news...and yet the protests grow..hurray! Thank you for this, Betsy...it is encouraging . We must never stop trying to rid the world of this miserable company.
 

Sabine H (167)
Monday May 26, 2014, 2:32 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

divergent revolution (309)
Monday May 26, 2014, 2:48 pm
I feel the winds of change rustling
ty Betsy
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2014, 3:31 pm
This is sweet news in my ears! thx Betsy
 

Elle B (81)
Monday May 26, 2014, 3:57 pm
Ty Betsy ... Good to see the people speaking up and out ...

"Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy." ―Walter Cronkite, 1980

"If you don't have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaseling around and doing their monkey business and they never get caught." ―Harold R. Medina

"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." ―Abbott Joseph Liebling

"As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions." ―Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

Cathy Aronson (67)
Monday May 26, 2014, 5:02 pm
As the movement grows, the voices will be heard. The news may not want to cover the March against Monsanto, but that's ok, they people's voices will spread the news.
Thanks my friend for sharing this and for you unwavering need to right a wrong!
 

marie T (163)
Monday May 26, 2014, 5:16 pm
Thank you Betsy as usual you are spot pon
 

Karen S (0)
Monday May 26, 2014, 6:03 pm
Thanks
 

Steven G (25)
Monday May 26, 2014, 7:33 pm
Look at GM trees - desertification of soils, depletion of water, increased threat of wildfire and loss of biodiversity. And this to replace coal? Or to make fuel cells for cars? This is insanity!

Monsanto and Scotts have teamed up to produce GE grass engineered to withstand massive amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. It's unregulated, will not be labeled "GMO", and because of the ease with which grass spreads, could in short order contaminate lawns, parks, golf courses and pastures everywhere. Again, this is insanity - or is it an evil plan?

In the meantime, either boycott or push for legal retribution against Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and all the rest of these criminal cohorts whose avarice and destructive choices are selling out humanity and the environment.
 

Judy T (227)
Monday May 26, 2014, 9:32 pm
No matter how powerful Monsanto is, we can defeat it by not consuming its products, and the products affected by it. Let's actively seek legislation to stop Monsanto, let's vote with our wallets all their products into non-existence, and let's not permit the sale of their tainted, DNA adulterated produce in absolutely no country. We can do this! Thank you, Betsy!
 

Heidi Walderra (153)
Monday May 26, 2014, 11:49 pm
Noted and shared
 

Kerstin Strobl (123)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 12:53 am
Thank you for sharing
 

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 2:06 am
Noted
 

Slava R (1311)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 3:27 am
Noted. Thx
 

mary f (200)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 4:03 am
thanks Betsy i hate monsanto and all its woks
 

Valerie B (74)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:22 am
How MARVELOUS to see so many people coming together globally against the poisonous corporate giant that is Monsanto. Thanks for sharing!
 

Winn A (179)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:24 am
Thanks Betsy. I hope it continues . . . . .
 

Connie O (45)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:39 am
thanks Betsy
 

Larissa Ignacio (0)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 8:56 am
This is GREAT! Thank you!
 

Gene J (288)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 10:07 am
"...more of the citizens of the globe will become united in resistance to Monsanto and to all of the ways its evil is being manifested throughout the world."

I find a certain irony in that, Betsy, as Monsanto continues to pour its "weed resistant" seeds the world over, people are uniting to resist Monsanto. There is hardly a more dangerous corporation on the planet at this moment in our history. So, will the world go to war against Monsanto? I wonder what their defense budget is, because they had best not count on American troops to protect them!
 

Roger G (148)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 11:08 am
noted, thanks
 

Mandi T (367)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 11:15 am
Ty Betsy
 

. (0)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 11:15 am
read and noted. st hmonsanto is becoming the the worst of the worst. fine them into bankruptsy
 

Barry AWAY T (937)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 12:25 pm
Noted. This is, or may be encouraging news but the pressure need to be continued, increased and with no let-up at all.

I like Gene's comments as always (thank-you Gene) but I disagree with one thing: I think Monsanto probably CAN count on American troops to protect them ... and I really do believe that.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 1:32 pm
noted
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 3:33 pm
Thanks Betsy.
 

Julie W (33)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:57 pm
Thank heavens for the internet. With a world-wide blanket ban on reporting these marches, it's the only way the news can spread.
 

Neill Abayon (667)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:37 pm
Thank you. I did share this info.
 

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:09 pm
People have to open their own eyes!! This is is life!!
They are trying to kill us all!
Thank you Besty
 

Kay M (46)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 10:31 pm
Good Evening Dear Betsy; Thank You for bring this to my attention- I am happy to sign and tell my friends about it.
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 11:51 pm
shared...
noted with thanks
 

Wolfgang W (228)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 1:37 am
Together we can make it! Congrats, Betsy!
More comments: http://www.care2.com/news/member/852781407/3773251
 

Marija M (25)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:54 am
thank you Betsy
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:10 am
Noted. Thanks, Betsy.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 7:32 am
Noted! Thanks!
 

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 11:10 am
Noted with thanks Betsy.
'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful. committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
 

Lady Suki (446)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:08 pm
Thanks for the forwards guys.
 

reft h (66)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:38 pm
thanks for the article. Nothing about this in the news at all.
 

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Wednesday May 28, 2014, 5:51 pm


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SuSanne P (193)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 4:39 pm
Thank you dearly Betsy*BEE! I couldn't be more delighted to hear and see how successful the protest was especially *bee*ing in it's infancy of year 2.. If I had only known I would have driven up to a hundred miles to show my solidarity. I will fight to the death (of me) against Monsanto! as I have seen the destruction of Round Up after Ojai began the beginning of the end !
The solidarity proves how aware people are becoming and I borrow from Elizabeth...
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Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 11:34 am
Good one Betsy! I did not hear anything on the news either even though I know there were several marches here. Last year we had the same thing, mainstream media I believe is paid off to not report it. However my husband and I will continue to wear our March Against Monsanto tee shirts and keep spreading the word to others!
 

Stella G (403)
Saturday September 20, 2014, 5:43 am
Grazie per la condivisione, preso atto con piacere
 
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