Monsanto has been banned in: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Luxemburg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France and Switzerland. Why not here in the U.S.? Two words: Congress and Obama!
So, on May 25, thousands turned out to protest Monsanto, Congress and Obama saying, “Hell no, GMO.” And I mean literally, thousands here in the Miami area and about 250 other cities across the U.S. and in dozens of other countries. I assume the approximate numbers are more in the millions of millions all told.
But the protestors weren’t there in tour-de-force just to protest GMOs, they were there to insist on labeling GMOs; something the Obama administration had previously promised to do in his campaigns to presidency, but has now conveniently forgotten – perhaps that’s because there are Monsanto emissaries in almost every cabinet or post in his administration.
The March Against Monsanto organizers said they’re calling attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the companies that produce them. And while Monsanto and the government insist the GMOs are safe to eat, testing is provided by Monsanto and not independent studies, creating a dangerous conflict of interest for not only the consumers, but the entire food chain. See here.
I had a chance to speak with a few protestors. A young woman named Rachel told me it was important for her to put her efforts into a GMO-free future in order to create a healthy and sustainable food system.
Another young woman named Mesa was taking a count of the attendees in order to offer up an accurate representation to Congress of the vast numbers against the Monsanto Protection Act – which was written by a Monsanto sponsored Senator and signed by none other than Obama – and the disregard for labeling of GMO products.
Also, one of our own environmental heroes, Luis Rodriguez of ECOMB was front and center joining the march. “I’m here today because I think Monsanto is doing a big disservice to our collective societies. They are not supporting a sustainable world and we need to stop them. It’s more than just a political issue, it’s a health issue.”
Still another I spoke with during the march was a young lady and her son. Her name is Andy and she is with A Cup of Green. She and her son were handing out organic heirloom seeds in an effort to inform and educate those in attendance.
There were countless others and all there for the same purpose; stop Monsanto. Were we successful? Time will tell, but I can tell you this: Cars were honking, bus drivers, truck drivers, and tourists walking by all in support and not one cop got involved.
From my experience, this was one of the most peaceful and supportive protests I’ve seen in the Miami area. Let’s all hope Congress takes note.
As for me, I’m with the protestors, ‘Hell no GMO.’ And a final question, ‘If the government and Monsanto insist GMOs are safe, why won’t they label them?’
Stay safe and eat safely, guys and gals.