Worldwide ‘March Against Monsanto’ May 25th

Countless individuals will soon assemble in small and large groups around the nation and the globe alike in protest against Monsanto’s genetic manipulation of the food supply. Organized under the May 25th movement known as the ‘March on Monsanto’, the massive new rally reveals how the grassroots public has truly had enough of Monsanto’s monopoly on the many staple crops that have quickly been sucked into Monsanto’s genetically modified tycoon.

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It’s virtually impossible these days to enter a grocery store, even one bearing the title of ‘natural’, and not encounter at least a few items that contain genetically modified ingredients. And for quite some time, this fact was not even known to the large majority of the United States public. Many simply did not even know what a GMO was, or what it could potentially do to their bodies (or the bodies of the children who they were feeding with genetically engineered processed food).

This, of course, stems from the fact that the FDA and Monsanto have decided that you aren’t allowed to know if your food contains GMOs. Even despite the fact that peer-reviewed research has pegged Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup (which is a key part of Monsanto’s Roundup-ready GMO crops) to around 37 associated diseases, the FDA says it’s perfectly safe. So safe that it’s not even necessary to label in your food. So very safe that the only study that ever examined how Roundup and GMOs affect rats throughout their lifetime found that the rats developed tumors so large that it impacted their very ability to move.

It’s madness that has been identified for a long time by alternative news writers and readers, but thanks to the success of Prop 37 and other initiatives it has now hit the general public — and they’re not happy.

The Grassroots Will End Monsanto

Now enter campaigns like the March on Monsanto, which is slated to happen around the world on May 25th. It’s a grassroots event that has turned into a major organized movement thanks to countless local activists. The event is going on in major cities like San Diego and New York City, to small towns and even rural areas. It’s all being organized online via an open Google Document, where you can find the protest nearest to you and be a part of it. There’s also many open slots for organizers and speakers, so if you’re interested in that be sure to check that out as well.

The beauty of these events is that they are really the most effective at taking down any type of corrupt entity, as the grassroots aspect just empowers so many individuals without an underlying motivation for profits or anything of that sort. It really just comes down to people who want to eat real food and not some junk that’s spliced with the genetics of a spider. Or more importantly, the few people who understand that if we don’t stop genetically modified organisms today, they will develop technologically into what’s known as things like ‘biopharmaceutical‘ crops tomorrow.

I’ve said this back in 2011 and 2012, and I really do believe the grassroots will destroy Monsanto within the next 3-4 years (at most). The company has gotten away with Agent Orange and the hundreds of thousands of deaths from that, it has gotten away with horrendous pollution dumps, it has truly gotten away with so much that the average ‘small business’ (a business that isn’t in bed with the government agencies policing it) would never be able to. And the people aren’t having it anymore.

Checkout March Against Monsanto and head to a local event. Hand out some printed articles on GMOs from NaturalSociety or elsewhere, and just try and spread the word in a kind and inviting way to the general public.

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20 Responses to "Worldwide ‘March Against Monsanto’ May 25th"

  1. sustainbio  May 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This is is a great start for public outcry…the next step is to start lobbying elected officials to pass an amendment to block Citizens United. That is where their real power lies…the unlimited spending and buying of senators/representatives. As long as they can do so quietly…their evil will never be revealed to the masses. The grassroots movement will be a good way for those educated few who will purchase foods at local Farmer’s Markets or grow their own…but it will not have a great impact on Monsanto financially. This, unfortunately, will have to be done through the combination of grass roots movements and powerful legislation. Which, the latter, is damn near impossible to achieve given the current climate of politics in the US.

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  2. sorgfelt (@sorgfelt)  May 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Money would not have its effect, if “the masses” would read more widely, question authority, and search for the truth, rather than easily accepting what they are told. This will only happen if minds are fed, empowered and taught to search and think, rather than memorize what they are told are “facts”. And these things are lacking in our education system.

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  3. Shane  May 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I have never known a good business practice to be killing all of your consumers…
    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.

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    • Loman Barnett  May 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Then why not label such safe and harmless organisms, instead of fighting tooth and nail to avoid having to do so?

    • Shane  May 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Loman, I do believe that labeling products that have been genetically modified should be a must. The labeling of these products just tips a hat to the basic right of choice. The ability to choose whether or not to consume those products. Given the choice, most people, who could afford it, would opt to not use those products which costs not only the company that produced the seed (Monsanto), but also the farmers and producers of the final product (be it soup or whatever), but one of the great things that is supposed to be inherent in capitalism is the freedom to choose a product among competing markets, and for that I believe they should label them. However, interest groups, news media, and people in general need to stop painting such an insane picture of what genetically modified means.Say Monsanto gets shut down completely, hundreds of thousands of self-employed farmers would go out of business as would many smaller companies that produce food stuffs like soups etc from those products as well. Basically, as a company I don’t like them because I hate the near monopolization they have on the market, but due to that monopolization, a problem has been created that is much larger than the company itself. In the end, there needs to be proper labeling of foods allowing for true choice in what we ingest and real factual evidence of any health hazards associated with it should be published by a non-agenda filled medium. Seems simple, but that’s a lot to ask for.

  4. Chris Wing  May 16, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Time to follow the money. Freedom of information act allows us to see the major stock holders in Monsanto. They appear to be mostly US government officials. And they can be voted out systematically. Lets find out exactly who they are!

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  5. Allen  May 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Monsanto has to be pulled apart. Brick by brick, everything destroyed, its the only way. It is an evil company.

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  6. LTM  May 19, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Official MAM Statement. Please read. Organizers please Share in your event pages.

    We would like to remind everyone that MAM does not support violence or aggression towards property or people. Violence will only set us back.
    Please be clear this movement is non-violent. We want the world to hear us. We must behave like adults not stoop to the level of violence.

    Our Marches are family events. We will have children, elderly, and disabled people present. Violence of any kind will not be acceptable.

    Please be warned that often times Monsanto themselves will send in their own plants to try and incite or instigate aggression. Do not be fooled. They are trying to destroy our unity.

    With that said, Please do not bring violence or abusive comments to our March or to our Event pages. Your comments will be deleted and if it continues you will be banned.

    We encourage all organizers of the individual events to share this message.

    Please be warned if you are an instigator you will not be tolerated at our march and we our organizers will ask you to stop or leave. If you continue we ourselves will politely and calmly ask a Police officer to remove you.

    We encourage all organizers to be open and talk with your local police and make clear to them that these events are family events and we will cooperate and work with them to remove anyone who incites aggression.

    Please understand, we are not trying to be authoritarian but that we have a responsibility to create a peaceful event for our children, parents, grandparents and all attending.

    Remember the world will be watching and we have an example to set. Violence would be seized upon by the media and Monsanto. They would use this as propaganda to discredit the movement and label us as eco-terrorists. This is not a joke we are standing up against one of the most powerful corporations that ever existed.

    This is why we reiterate no violence of any kind will be tolerated. We know most of you know this but for the few who did not you do now. For the instigators you are not welcome and we stand firm united in NON-Violence.

    While we will be speaking up against the politicians and the cooperation’s we will not condone any comments or threats of aggression towards them. We will expose their crimes and demand justice and change of policy. We do not by any means condone any type of vigilantism . Our mission is to raise awareness, expose, and legally stop Monsanto, and their cronies, crimes against humanity. We would like to see GMOs Labeled and/or banned until they can without a doubt be proven safe. This far we have seen the opposite. GMOs are not safe. Monsanto is an unethical unmoral corporation and they have been committing crimes against humanity for decades.

    This event is a platform to bring us together in Unity. From here we can work together to create a powerful base of grass roots activism . We encourage all to network together and continue to work towards supporting ballot initiatives that are in place to label GMOs or Ban then and create initiatives that have not yet been created. Continue working together to expose politicians that serve Monsanto and promote politicians that stand with the people. We encourage all to create mailing lists and or FB groups where you can continue working together after the march and until we have reached our goals. You may want to bring an ipad and have everyone who is interest type in their emails so you have a ready digital email list to bring people together for future efforts. This event has created powerful momentum and its in our best interest to brainstorm Ideas on how we can keep the ball rolling.

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  7. Allen  May 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I wonder what family values Monsanto have? This is a company hell-bent on profit at any cost. They do not care who they poison or kill. They intimidate and destroy peoples lives. THEY DO NOT CARE.
    To make this a family day is a joke. Monsanto kill the family. There will never be such a thing as safe GMO.
    So you all just going to treat them with kid gloves, have a happy peaceful march while they carry on destroying your bodies.
    ” It really just comes down to people who want to eat real food and not some junk that’s spliced with the genetics of a spider ” You say it yourself in this piece. We know that this is the tip of the ice-berg.We don’t know what they are trying to cross, or what effects this will have on us.
    Ban or block me if you will, but truth is a bitter pill to swallow. The lies are easier.

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    • Shane  May 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Does anyone do their own research that does not involve YouTube or news articles filled with propaganda before they speak…**see my comments above

  8. sam crosswood  May 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I am not concerned over a GM product if it has been created to be more resistant to disease and is therefore a “better” crop for the farmers and for the consumer, obviously, using our land to it’s optimum efficiency and providing food at a fair price for the masses. I would hope that it takes into consideration the wildlife and ecosystem that has been in place before we came into the equation. I have heard that Monsanto produce seeds that are not self replicating, is this true?? does that mean we cannot grow crops from the seeds (from Monsanto) by harvesting the seeds from the crops? If it all goes t*ts up are we in danger of not being able to grow our own crops beause they are sterile? I don’t know if this is true so any info would be welcome thanks

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    • LogMan  May 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      From what I understand the seeds will germinate but the farmers are not allowed to harvest the seeds. This means that the farmers are having to buy the seeds every year. If the GMO seeds “jump” to another field that farmer can not harvest seeds from his property for the next year. If you do try to harvest the seeds you will be visited by Monsanto “henchmen” who will force the destruction and the farmer will end up losing everything in court since Monsanto has all the lawyers and money it takes to fry your butt. It is the seed “mafia” so to speak. Try to watch the movie, Food Inc. It will make you question everything you eat from the grocery store.

    • Shane  May 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Logman is right. One thing people are harping about on Monsanto as a company is they sue farmers for using seeds from the crops they harvest so the farmers have to purchase new seeds every year/season. Makes sense from a business sense in that farmers would only have to buy them once, then they could germinate the plants themselves and never need to buy from Monsanto again. The danger in that is there isn’t enough research on how those plants germinate over generations and the changes that can occur in the genetics of the plants because of that. Just like when animals/people breed the genetics of the product are never exactly the same as the genetics of the two parents. If they buy the same seed every time at least they are planting the same thing every time.

    • LogMan  May 23, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Shane, Are you a Monsanto plant(Pun intended) because what you just said is not very smart. If that was true then the crops that grow naturaly would never be the same every two grow cycles. Although the GMO plants are not the average variety of plants huh? If they are changing that fast then once again they are unstable and should be pulled at once. Maybe if they know so little about their on seeds genitics than they should do due diligence and study them somore before they put them in our food supply. Monsanto is just out for profit, that is the bottom line.

    • Shane  May 23, 2013 at 2:52 am

      LogMan I’m agreeing with you. Monsanto sucks obviously, but is not the whole point of any company to make profit? Without profits no company can exist.

    • Shane  May 23, 2013 at 3:00 am

      And that’s also my point is that there hasn’t been the needed research.

  9. laurent  May 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    mgiodddd

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  10. Rhoni  May 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Monsanto is just plain evil. So many people I know buy their Round-Up, but never again will I buy a Monsanto product, nor should anyone else. To have a legislator place a protection clause in a bill is pure evil corruption, and what they do to farmers around the world is evil. BAD COMPANY!!

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  11. Pat G  May 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I think no one wants to play Russian roulette with their lives. We need to find scientific articles that show the toxic effects of GMO food and try to get others to read them! While we in California were trying to pass Proposition 37 to label GMO’s even my exercise gym would not let me post scientific information about GMO’s- claiming it was politics (I thought the topic was health). So we are up against plain ignorant (and proud of it) people on many counts.

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