Protesters successfully shut down California Monsanto office

A recent two-day protest in Northern California against  genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) led to the complete shutdown of a Monsanto  corporate office for an entire day, according to reports. On Friday, March 16,  2012, activists affiliated with the Global Days of Action to Shut Down  Monsanto began rallying in front of the Davis, Calif., office of Monsanto,  where they held up banners, gave speeches, and set up tents in front of the  Monsanto building on Fifth Street, which caused the biotech giant to shutter its  operations.

“In the course of the two-day event, activists held up signs,  gave speeches to inform and inspire each other and solidify the movement,  drafted a resolution about Monsanto with many proposed solutions to be presented  to the California legislature, celebrated each other and went “freeway blogging”  – displaying a large hand made banner that said, “Shut Down Monsanto” on the  Pole Line Road overpass over I-80,” writes Mark Graham of Food Freedom.  “Thousands of drivers were shown this message.”

Sponsored by The  Anti-Monsanto Project, the Peace & Freedom Party, and various  chapters of the Occupy movement from around Northern California, the  weekend rally in Davis serves as a template for activists in other cities to  follow. All it took to shut down Monsanto, after all, was a few dozen people  standing in front of the building — imagine what hundreds, or even thousands,  of activists could together accomplish?

Awareness about GMOs and the fact  that they continue to remain unlabeled in the American food supply is becoming a  forefront issue in the public spotlight. And evidence of this is being fleshed  out in California,  Connecticut, Washington and nearly a dozen other states where mandatory GMO  labeling laws have been proposed or are currently making their way through the  legislative process.

The truth about the dangers and ineffectiveness of  GMOs, as well as the extreme toxicity of Roundup (glyphosate) and the other  chemical pesticides and herbicides used on GMOs, are also gaining national  attention. A recent study published in the Journal of Toxicology in  Vitro, for instance, revealed that even very low levels of Roundup destroy  testosterone and lead to male infertility (

In  2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) concluded  that GMOs “pose a serious health risk,” and called for an immediate moratorium  on their cultivation and use in food. Credible scientific studies continue to  show that consumption of GMOs is linked to organ damage, gastrointestinal  disorders, autoimmune illnesses, and infertility. GMOs also do not perform any  better than natural or hybrid crops.

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54 Responses to "Protesters successfully shut down California Monsanto office"

  1. TR Twitts (@TRTweets)  March 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    This article is based upon data a year old!

    • TruthHawk  March 26, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Does that make it less true or effective in spreading the good news and inspiration within the movement? This is only one example of the many events taking place, it just got wide-spread coverage now.

    • First Officer  May 11, 2013 at 2:39 am

      The lack of GMO’s in their diet has slowed their reaction time.

  2. matt  March 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Leave some soylent green for me

  3. Mary  March 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Leave them alone, i’m hungry

    • The surreal McCoy  March 25, 2013 at 1:54 am

      Keep eating it and you won’t be hungry for long.

    • Miloui  May 17, 2013 at 2:42 am

      You are a very misinformed person or you work for Monsanto. There is enough food produced to feed the world ten times over without GMO’s. They say they want to feed the world. Lies. The poor will still not be able to afford food. Monsanto’s not giving it away. Third world countries will still be at the mercy of their dictators. Mary, you may have been kidding, hopefully. Otherwise, you are part of the problem. You and people like ‘Jon Dough’ among others. We are not hippies, we are informed citizens, doctors, lawyers, scientists and you are programmed, bought and paid for Corporate zombies.

  4. Lori Payne  March 24, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Great! Great! Great!
    Keep it up!
    I’ll be at the next one, with friends!

  5. unicorndisco  March 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    From Frederick Ravid, Author: “Tell Obama To Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto:” Please CALL the White House at (202) 456-1111 anytime after 9am Eastern MONDAY 3/25/13 (tomorrow) and say:

    “This is __(name)______ , a registered voter from __(city, state)_________. I am calling with an urgent request that President Obama strike Section 735 from the 2013 Continuing Resolution. The rider defeats our country’s constitutionally guaranteed Separation of Powers between the Legislature and the Courts, by prohibiting the Courts from exercising their role regarding USDA Regulation and the nation’s food safety. Please remove this harmful rider. Thank you.”

    The 2013 Continuing Resolution is now on the President’s desk awaiting signature. It contains a rider we strongly oppose, and Mr. Obama CAN prevent from becoming law. With a groundswell of public outcry, it’s far easier for us to persuade the President. Please do your part NOW. Don’t delay – the bill is awaiting the President’s signature.

    Send me an email to [email protected]
    Let me know you got this!


    Frederick Ravid
    petition author Tell Obama To Cease FDA Ties To Monsanto

  6. bridie  March 25, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Our Earth is becoming a tomb all in the name of greed. Whats the FDA doing about all the poisin in our food,
    apart from recruiting top executive from Monsanto , if there is any truth in the rumour.

    • dnguyen  March 25, 2013 at 6:19 am

      By “Our Earth”, I think you mean the “United States”. Doing fine on the outside.

    • TruthHawk  March 26, 2013 at 1:04 am

      The govt. is essentially owned and controlled by mega-corporations and mega-banks of the global elite. Virtually no country is not under their heel.

      Nguyen, yes Monsanto is multi-national and controls seed distribution, pesticide and herbicide and fertilizer all around much of the globe. The good news is, the world is waking up. Watch “Thrive” and get the bigger picture.

  7. joy cash  March 25, 2013 at 1:28 am


  8. Eben  March 25, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Yeah, these are the same “activists” who prevented genetically altered rice from being sent to famine stricken parts of Africa. Better that people starve….. Asshole hypocrites.

    • Floyd  March 25, 2013 at 4:04 am

      The problems with Monsanto have little to do with feeding hungry people, we all want people to be healthy and fed. The problems arise from the fairly untested long term effects of eating the product that needs roundup to survive. The round up is extremely toxic not only to us but all manner of plant, animal and insect life. It has been proven that Monsanto products a large part of the bee die off. With out bees fertilizing all kinds of plants the world as a whole would quickly starve to death. And if Monsanto is so sure there products are not dangerous then why are they fighting the labeling of said products so vehemently. Why are the Monsanto lobbyists pushing through a bill that no one not even the US government could take them to court? Even the cigarette companies don’t have this kind of power and sway over the government. If farming is done properly they can produce crops every bit as productive with out harming you,me, other humans, plants, animals, insects, and Mother Earth herself.

    • Steve  March 25, 2013 at 5:54 am

      You know that Hatian farmers burned all monsanto seeds and crops that infected their fields, right? Any idea why? In fact, this is not the only case when Monsanto has sent “aid” in the form of their patented crap… and all of their “aid” was burned. Many tons of it, actually.

      There’s a reason Farmers don’t want that crap anywhere near their farms. It destroys their crops and then forces them into debt for Monsanto, since the Monsanto versions can NOT reproduce. They’re called “terminator seeds”, after all. A fitting name.

      The truth is… there are multiple methods that we could be using to feed the world, and these methods are actually being applied… that use less water and space, and produce more yields. Aquaponics is a great example. For 10% of the water of traditional farming, higher and higher yields are produced, with no need to till the soil, or buy new seeds. These systems also produce more meat (fish) per acre than was previously thought possible. In fact, aquaponics can produce “edible flesh” on a scale about 400 times greater than beef farming for the size.

      Sending GMO rice to farms in other countries is a scam, because it puts those farms in DEBT to the corporations that send it. They will be unable to produce food without paying more money to the company to get chemicals or replacement seeds… and terminator seeds ALSO cross-pollinate with other fields sometimes thousands of miles away (in the case of corn) … and will essentially take over. Once they have taken over… Monsanto can then SUE farmers that don’t have a contract with them for copyright infringement, which they do frequently.

    • Tiffany  March 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Feeding starving people with compromised health and immunity food that is SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES is so immoral and WRONG its astounding you don’t get it. Very similar to the U.S. government giving the Native Americans rotten food so long ago. All to look good and make a purpose for the continued production of their dangerous food so they can keep making money. Not hypocritical it would be OTHERWISE, “oh GMOs are not ok for us, but oh yeah sure YOU guys can have them though”. Think about it. “Activists”? YES. Not to be rude but what you said Eben was totally backward.

    • Jon Dough  March 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Parasites are responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder, not Monsanto. And while bees are amazing little machines, they only pollinate about a third of the crops we eat. And while it would be much more costly we could do the work ourselves. We won’t starve without them. And your fears of GMOs aren’t predicated on any actual facts or hard science either, they’re simply reactionary. With the world population set to double in the next 50 years this planet will not be able to sustain life without GMOs. Otherwise there will be mass starvation, and when people get that desperate it means war. There’s a way things ought to be then there’s the way they are. Sorry, hippies, while it would be nice to live in your fantasy world that’s all it will ever be, a fantasy. Learn to cope with reality already.

    • Baller Chance  March 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Giving right in to the propaganda that they forced down your throat. The reason they wanted to send their seeds over there is so that they could make money… Not because they care about the hungry people over there. They say “GMO crops yield more per crop than organic,” and this is simply NOT TRUE. Tests have shown that there is no increase at all. Do your fucking research before you put down the people that are trying to help. Please take 3 minutes to watch this very informative video that will put GMO food into perspective.

    • Wildflower  April 25, 2013 at 2:06 am

      You have to remember, Monsanto “donating” seeds to starving people in 3rd world countries isn’t helping feed the hungry. It’s emotional manipulation, plain and simple. Corporate PR departments are good at that. They want to make it look like they’re providing food for hungry people and economic opportunites to poor farmers, and a lot of Americans and 3rd world farmers are falling for it, but people are starting to wake up to the truth. Steve and Baller Chance made some really good points, GMOs are harmful to both human health and the environment, and non-GMOs have higher yields than GMOs. Not to mention farmer suicides in India, where farmers kill themselves in order to cancel their family’s debt to Monsanto. I think that pretty much proves that Monsanto doesn’t care about feeding hungry people in developing countries.

  9. Jaime  March 25, 2013 at 3:58 am

    How bout ship them non gmo rice? It’s not that hard. Asshole

    • David123  March 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Because “non-GMO” rice does not have the nutrients needed to be a staple in weening young children off of breast milk as it is in most of the world population. GMO rice does…

    • Tim Shulz  March 26, 2013 at 3:44 am

      It’s easy to criticize not so easy to get off the computer chair and do something about it. Great idea – now activate it!

    • Francois van Deventer  April 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      and its is genetically modified so that it will be able to grow in those areas. Normal rice will not be able to grow in those conditions.

  10. E  March 25, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Stupid hippies

    • Steve  March 25, 2013 at 5:36 am

      You think it’s “hippie” to want clean air and food? I don’t think being a hippy has anything to do with it. If you’re comfortable with exponentially increasing rates of cancer and diabetes, then it’s your right as an american to keep sucking down diet soda and eating GMO foods, but some people actually want to live into their 50s and have some sort of qualm with not being allowed to know what’s in their food… or to, say, have their entire farms destroyed by a parasitic cross-pollinating organism (like the ones Monsanto has patented and then use to destroy other farms, then SUE the owners for copyright infringement) … It pisses me off that people brush this off as some “hippie bullshit” when what we’re actually talking about is a massive human-rights violation, geoengineering that threatens the ENTIRE population’s food supply… and, if you care at all… a moral and ethical conundrum centered around the patenting of lifeforms (which opens a pretty big door of potential problems)

      If you think these guys are hippies, then you are sadly mistaken, totally uninformed… or just plain closed-minded. Don’t let your hatred for “hippies” blind you to the fact that this company is knowingly poisoning americans.

    • David123  March 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      I agree with E, he’s calling you stupid hippies because you so blindly fear anything that you deem unnatural, you don’t put nearly the effort needed in studying GMOs to conclude a proper scientific standing on the matter. Steve’s little spiel on “exponential increasing rates of cancer and diabetes” and trying to correlate that with GMO foods with no valid scientific reference what so ever is a perfect example of why so many think of the anti-GMO movement as a bunch of “dumb hippies”.

    • Tim Shulz  March 26, 2013 at 3:39 am

      At least they are doing SOMETHING. It may not be perfect but they are at least TRYING to make the world a better place. What are YOU doing E-HOLE?

  11. vivek ananthan  March 25, 2013 at 4:44 am

    In this project who is making more money the undertakers or Monsanto? Vivek

  12. Lambert Lorette  March 25, 2013 at 5:18 am

    So happy they did this…more, more!

  13. Sean  March 25, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I’m a republican Christian. (Far from a hippie) and I had no idea what these people were talking about…until I was actually open minded enough to listen.

    I have since joined their cause. This isn’t a left vs. right issue. This is a common sense human survival issue that we should all be uniting on.

    • Chris  April 2, 2013 at 5:08 am

      I agree. We are talking about human survival and I think it trumps everything else.

      Actually, while I still consider myself a left-leaner, recent events and news articles I’ve read make me question all politics in general. If people could see what they’re doing to each other, making life miserable for other mothers’ sons and daughters, for parents of small children… if they could actually notice how a person of their opposite beliefs could actually have something in common with them, such as a shared belief on food rights, children’s rights, even how much any entertainment medium sucks today…. Maybe people would stop the bickering and fighting.

  14. Jorge Arturo Nuñez Sotillo  March 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I wonder… do Monsanto employees are aware of what their company is doing to our planet???

    • alaskan1st  March 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      The employee do. They banned it from there cafeterias. But the question should be, do the stockholders know?

    • Star Bravo!  March 28, 2013 at 4:39 am

      I don’t think any of them care. They have a job and are getting paid to be able to feed their family. The price we all pay . . . to be able to have shelter and eat.

  15. Jorge Arturo Nuñez Sotillo  March 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Obama appointed Monsanto Chief Lobbyist as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the FDA. This is the same man that was in charge of FDA policy when GMO’s were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety.

  16. Mirella Santillo  March 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I am scared to eat even though at my age it does not matter so much! But I feel for the next generations that are being insidiously poisoned…

  17. peterpie  March 26, 2013 at 5:23 am

    You all have no idea do you. The hair products you use are worse.

    • Wildflower  April 25, 2013 at 2:27 am

      Hair products are bad for your health and bad for the environment, but this article isn’t about hair products. I have very long, thick hair and I wash it with castille soap and aloe juice and rinse it with vinegar to soften it, so it’s possible do just fine and have beautiful hair without toxic hair products. They’re not a neccessity for survival, food is.

  18. Kellie  March 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Do people who are for GMO’s really actually go and research anything??? (hippies Really??? I thought “hippies” was a term back in the 60’s and 70’s who smoked pot and said yeah man and fought to end the Vietnam war and wanted love and peace for the world…sounds really bad….LOL)

  19. George Yonnone  March 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Penned By George Yonnone

    Give us clean air, Clean water, Clean food and Clean Goverment

  20. James  March 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Wish I could expose every shill that trolls with disinformation in the comments of articles and videos. Do not argue with them. They are either paid and contracted in private, or they really are just arrogant, ignorant people.
    I have found this everywhere. YouTube, news article comments, etc. Above examples include:
    TR Twitts, Eben, E

  21. Paleene  April 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    “On Friday, March 16, 2012 (…) ” Is it really last year’s activities we are now reading abt? This year’s anti-Monsanto day iy may, 26th, right? So why this delay?

  22. Wildflower  April 25, 2013 at 2:36 am

    One thing nobody has mentioned is the availability of non-GMOs outside of large cities with health food stores. GMOs are in 70% of foods sold at conventional grocery stores, and not every town has a health food store. My town doesn’t, and I can’t afford to drive 50 miles every time I need to go grocery shopping. Fortunately, Ingles has some organic and non-GMO foods, and I do the best I can to avoid GMOs, but unfortunately, until GMOs are labeled or banned, which I would like to see happen, it’s nearly impossible to avoid them completely.

  23. Shane  May 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Everyone that has jumped on this band-wagon seems to think that if something has been genetically modified it all-of-a-sudden starts to produce cyanide or botulism toxins. When you genetically modify food, all you are doing is enabling the product to produce new proteins that are not inherently in its genetic code. All a genetic code is, is a blueprint for proteins to be copied from. Those proteins cause a cascade of metabolic and physical effects. Such as, male pattern baldness is generally caused by a protein that becomes overproduced over time. Proteins are also the cause for things like peanut allergies. This does pose a problem in that there have been GM foods, like tomatoes, that have been modified with a certain peanut protein to help the fruit be more environmentally hardy. This can cause someone with a peanut allergy to have a similar reaction to tomatoes that have been modified in this way etc. The other harm from modifying the genetic code is the possibility of increased risk of a mis-copied protein which then would degenerate and unfold. A proteins function is a direct variable of its form. This is the cause of prion diseases such as “Mad Cow.” As far as I know there have been no reports of a rampant increase in deaths from a prion disease since GM foods have been in production.

    Sure, corporations such as Monsanto are a symbol of many of the things wrong in the world today, but if your only complaint is that they are producing food that is going to bring death to everyone that eats it because it is “toxic” I recommend you to learn from something like a textbook rather than just news mediums and YouTube.

  24. BecauseIcare  May 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    @Shane – Sounds reasonable, except no one is claiming GMO’s are ‘suddenly producing cyanide or other toxins’ BUT most of us have a problem with peanut anything in our tomatoes… not sure where you would find the textbook about that (usually known as common sense) but perhaps you could tell us

    • Shane  May 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      I was using cyanide and such as an example of a toxin just to state that proteins are not toxins. It’s a literary use of exaggeration to make a point that the use of the word “toxin” is not appropriate. Also, common sense isn’t nearly as common as one may think.

  25. Alain Mignault  May 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Sing this song against Monsanto:

    • Shane  May 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      That’s hilarious

  26. Hawker  May 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Gmo corn during the drought last year in the Midwest produced 200 bushels per acre.Forty years ago you were lucky to get 50 in a good year.There is plenty of other seed but farmers choose gmo because they make more.The science on bees is still out.


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