March Against Monsanto Houston – Saturday May 25, 2013 1 pm
Location: Westheimer and Post Oak Blvd.
March Against Monsanto has announced that on May 25, tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the US, events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific in 47 states.
Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral Facebook page,
says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two
daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health,
fertility and longevity. I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”
An organizer for the march in Athens, Greece, Roberta Gogos, spoke about
the importance of the events in austerity-impacted South Europe.
“Monsanto is working very hard to overturn EU regulation on obligatory
labeling (questionable whether it’s really enforced in any case), and no
doubt they will have their way in the end. Greece is in a precarious
position right now, and Greece’s farmers falling prey to the
petrochemical giant is a very real possibility.”
Josh Castro, organizer for Quito, says he wants to protect Ecuador against
Monsanto’s influence, too. “Ecuador is such a beautiful place, with the
richest biodiversity in the world. We will not allow this Garden of Eden
to be compromised by evil multinational corporations like Monsanto.
Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger. Agroecology is.”
Partners facilitating the organizing of March Against Monsanto include The Anti-Media, Activists’ Free Press and A Revolt – Digital Anarchy. Major sponsors include GMO Free USA, NationofChange and Films for Action.
Official website: www.march-against-monsanto.com.
MONSANTO’S WEB RESPONSE TO CONTROVERSY:
Our View on Food LabelingThe safety of our products is our first priority, and multiple health societies, hundreds of independent scientific experts and dozens of governments around the world have determined that foods and ingredients developed through biotechnology [or genetic modification (GM)] are safe.Each country establishes its own food labeling laws. Within the United States, the government has established clear guidance with respect to labeling food products containing GM ingredients; we support this approach. We also support food companies’ choices to voluntarily label food products noting certain attributes (e.g., organic) based on their customers’ preferences and provided the labeling is truthful and not misleading.We oppose current initiatives to mandate labeling of ingredients developed from GM seeds in the absence of any demonstrated risks. Such mandatory labeling could imply that food products containing these ingredients are somehow inferior to their conventional or organic counterparts.
Monsanto’s Role in Food Production:
Food production starts with a seed, and this is where much of Monsanto’s business is focused. We produce a wide variety of seeds, including conventional and biotech (or GM) seeds for all types and sizes of farms around the world.As an agricultural company, we are proud to serve our farmer customers, who grow high-quality crops that contribute to a safe, healthful and sustainable food supply. We believe farmers and consumers should have a broad range of product choices in the marketplace.We recognize some are interested in biotechnology’s role in agriculture and our food supply, as well as its safety and benefits. We are committed to continuing to share this information. Over the last two decades, seeds improved through biotechnology have become the preferred choice of millions of farmers globally because of their benefits. We label all of our seed products because it ensures that farmers are aware of what they buy and plant.