With Monsanto Reeling, Activists Prepare to Descend on Nation’s Capitol for 2015 Food Justice March
ByOn October 11, 2015
The Monsanto Company has thrived in large part due to their secrecy, and our ignorance (fueled by willful media ignorance, of course).
But in 2015 more people than ever before are waking up, and standing up, to the Monsanto machine, resulting in what may have been the most difficult year in their long, sordid history.
This year alone, Monsanto has been reeling from the following events and developments:
Roundup Causes Cancer, WHO Shows-
According to the World Health Organization, Monsanto’s flagship, best-selling weedkiller, Roundup, is a “probable human carcinogen.” That’s because its main component is glyphosate, the chemical that caused WHO to make the declaration that has left Monsanto scrambling try and repair what was left of its image ever since.
Pro-GMO Advocate Offers to Drink Glyphosate, Panics When Offered a Glass
Patrick Moore, a former Greenpeace executive turned pro-GMO advocate, was exposed by a French TV journalist after boasting that glyphosate is safe to drink and then panicking and storming off of the set when offered a glass (you can see the infamous video here).
Moore, who was identified as a Monsanto lobbyist at first but is actually just a pro-GMO advocate who has worked for countless heavy-polluting industries, ended up becoming an albatross for Monsanto and other GMO companies as the video went viral and exposed the two-faced nature of the agrochemical companies he supports.
Several European Countries, Russia Ban GMOs-
A whopping 19 European countries have decided to go forward with GMO bans, “opting out” as part of an EU agreement that allows them to keep Monsanto and others’ crops out of their territories. The nations are: Austria, Belgium for the Wallonia region, Britain for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. Russia also cemented a similar ban in recent weeks.
Bid to Buy Syngenta Fails- Monsanto’s plan to buy out Swiss chemical giant Syngenta failed, foiling the company’s bid to avoid paying U.S. taxes as part of a controversial “tax inversion.” plan.
Monsanto Forced to Slash Jobs- About 2,600 jobs have been shed by Monsanto amid declining sales of GMO seeds and herbicides.
2015 March Against Monsanto Hits the Streets- This past May, the worldwide March Against Monsanto again raised awareness of the company’s wrongdoings, adding to negative press swirling around the company.
You can read more about Monsanto’s many problems in 2015 by clicking on this article (please note that the quality of the class action lawsuit has been strongly questioned by many within the movement, however; even though the principle is strong).
2015 Food Justice March Set for Washington, D.C.
As fall begins to reach its peak, thousands of activists and protesters are preparing to descend upon Our Nation’s Capitol on October 16-17 for a protest against the DARK Act to ban GMO labeling, a day of lobbying at the Senate, guest speakers and much more.
The 2015 Food Justice March, hosted by the Food Justice Coalition, will start with lobbying at 7:30 am on October 16 and lead into a rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol with guests speakers at noon on October 17.
For details, check out the Facebook event page (and RSVP) by clicking here.
We hope to see you as we continue to fight for food justice in the face of corruption by Monsanto and its allies!