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“Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! GMOs Have Got to Go!” March on Monsanto Tempe May 24, 2104

“Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! GMOs Have Got to Go!” March on Monsanto Tempe May 24, 2104

May 26, 2014

“Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! GMOs have got to go!  Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho!  Tell Monsanto they must go,” was the cadence heard from behind at the March against Monsanto on Saturday, May 24 up and down Mill Avenue in Tempe, AZ.  Leading the chant (thankfully) were former US Marine/musician/poet James Sesay Jr.(left) and his musician friend Sean Miller (right) of Hollowpoint Vigils.  

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Sean, James along with his wife, Nika found out about the rally via Facebook and want transparency when it comes to the food they buy. “It’s a human rights issue,” Sean stated.   James continued, “Movements start locally and music throughout history carry those movements.”

I attended at the invitation of my sister, Amy, and as it turns out, found out about the march the say way James, Nika and Sean did, Facebook.  It was all of our first Marches Against Monsanto.  Ever. I still don’t know what I don’t know (meaning still a lot of fact finding an education for me).

What is a GMO Britannica website

 

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Amy is far more educated on the subject of GMOs and Monsanto than I am and taught me a lot more at the march. I was there to understand more even though my body  hasn’t consumed a vegetable since the 70’s; but, knew the entire argument was bigger than vegetables alone.

Amy believes in growing her own vegetables and fruit for her family.  My nephews seem to love it for the opportunity to dig in dirt and watch something they helped create grow and eventually consume (but mainly playing in the dirt).  She likes it because she can control what her family eats free of pesticides and GMOs.  This would never have worked with our mother growing up unless she could have figured out how to grow Twinkies for me.

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My sister texted the night before that everyone was making signs and I panicked.

 Craft night wasn’t over yet. 

I decided not to carry it  (I’m sure to the great relief of everyone).

The basics:

Monsanto:

Monsanto Stats

Monsanto is a sustainable agriculture company. We deliver agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.

We are focused on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. We do this with our leading seed brands in crops like corn, cotton, oilseeds and fruits and vegetables. We also produce leading in-the-seed trait technologies for farmers, which are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs.

We strive to make our products available to farmers throughout the world by broadly licensing our seed and trait technologies to other companies. In addition to our seeds and traits business, we also manufacture Roundup® and other herbicides used by farmers, consumers and lawn-and-garden professionals.

Monsanto could not exist without farmers. They are our customers–the lifeblood of our company. More important, they are the support system of the world’s economy, working day in and day out to feed, clothe and provide energy for our world.

The crops are widely used in the United States and Latin America. It has proven difficult to keep the genetic alteration from contaminating non-biotech crops, as recently occurred in a wheat field in the U.S. state of Oregon.

A group of more than 50 organic farmers and seed dealers sued Monsanto in March 2011 seeking to prohibit Monsanto from suing them if their seed and crops become contaminated.

The Harrod Family @ March Against Monsanto Tempe

From Reuters 6/10/2013:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a previous ruling that found organic growers had no reason to try to block Monsanto from suing them as the company had pledged it would not take them to court if biotech crops accidentally mix in with organics.

And yet:

Monsanto filed 144 patent-infringement lawsuits against farmers between 1997 and April 2010, and won judgments against farmers it said made use of its seed without paying required royalties.

Many U.S. farmers have said their fields were inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto’s biotech seeds without their knowledge. The issue has been a topic of concern for not only farmers, but also companies that clean and handle seed.

From Monsanto Code of Ethics:

Monsanto Code of Ethics

Noticing inconsistent and contradictory language from Monsanto’s own Company Code of Ethics and their legal actions are signs they could be using The Sociopathic Business Model™.

The federal ruling along with the 144 Monsanto lawsuits against farmers wasn’t acting in good faith and violates almost entirely their own Code of Ethics.  That is likely as Monsanto Case Study for another day though.

In the spirit of any information is good information it’s what we choose to do with it that counts:

Here is a study done that’s pro GMO

Here is a study that’s no GMO

Food at the very least should be FEDERALLY LABELED and transparent if they contain GMOs so people can make the best choices for their families.  Vermont Senate passed the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Trending today is an app for your phone to help bring awareness and Demand GMO Labeling on www.buycott.com today.  And to bring Jame’s point above home again it all starts locally.

 

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