On May 25, 2013, 2,000,000 protesters took to the streets in 40 countries including the US. Approximately 400 events took place against the bio-tech giant Monsanto simultaneously. This event made history, it was said that there has been no protest event of this magnitude ever in the history of the planet. You would think that all mainstream media outlets would have covered this event. However, this is not the case. In St. Louis, Missouri alone, an estimated 630 protesters stood in the pouring rain for hours and protested against Monsanto standing on the lawn of Monsanto’s World Headquarters.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, in a letter to the editor dated May 30 and published just 11 hours ago at the publishing of this article, Susie Chasnoff tells how the Post Dispatch did not cover the March Against Monsanto (MAM) St. Louis event in it’s own territory. Susie Chasnoff, one of the St. Louis marchers, submitted a well written and timely press release detailing the MAM event Monsanto’s World Headquarters. The news release was not only ignored and never published but the newspaper was not even seen at the event. Later investigation by the event’s coordinator proved the unthinkable, the St. Louis Post Dispatch was caught participating in what is known as a media blackout.
Not only the Post Dispatch of St. Louis, but at many MAM events worldwide the mainstream media was not found. Later CNN, ABC and a few smaller networks posted some coverage of the events but that was after a few days of bombardment by the people of the world using phones, emails and commenting on their Facebook pages at the despicable act. The following is a copy of Susie’s letter to the editor, published here in it’s entirety with permission:
“On Saturday, an estimated 2 million people in 40 countries took part in over 400 marches to protest Monsanto’s farming and business practices.
So what are we to make of the fact that over 600 protesters stood in the pouring rain outside of Monsanto’s corporate headquarters in Creve Coeur and the Post-Dispatch didn’t cover the event? Instead, it posted these Sunday headlines: “Monsanto is No. 1” and “Monsanto grows globally: Biotech giant leads Post-Dispatch list of top performers.”
Monsanto’s genetically engineered food poses established health risks, which include organ damage, cancer, birth defects, infant mortality and sterility. GMO ingredients are in an estimated 80 percent of American grocery store products.
Monsanto is bankrupting farmers, causing soil infertility, loss of biodiversity, and bee hive collapse. They are causing dependency on a centralized food system.
An open letter signed by 828 scientists in 84 countries has called for an immediate 5-year suspension of GMO crops and “a comprehensive public inquiry of agriculture and food security.” GMOs have been entirely or partially banned in 15 countries.
On March 28, the U.S. signed the “Monsanto Protection Act” into law, freeing Monsanto from potential litigation, which could find GMOs unsafe. With momentum building in Congress to repeal this protection, shouldn’t legislators know their constituents’ concerns?
I don’t think it’s too much to ask the Post-Dispatch to recognize its journalistic responsibility in reporting the news.”
The St. Louis Post Dispatch has been found guilty by the people of St. Louis in previous attempts to block media from the eye of the public. According to some anonymous citizens of the city of St. Louis, in statements directly to the author, “The St. Louis Post Dispatch has done this before, they should be shamed for trying to blackout such a historical event and one that the people of this great city needs to see.”
This historical, worldwide event is scheduled to be replayed again, May 24th, 2014 according to the St. Louis MAM event organizing page on Facebook.