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Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 1 – “Stop Talking or You Will Be Removed from the Hotel”

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
07BannerLang Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 1   “Stop Talking or You Will Be Removed from the Hotel” STL St. Louis Scientist Science RoundUp Rich Martin Orin Langelle National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millennium Hotel International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms Industry Green Party GMOs GMO Free Midwest GMO Labeling GMO Foods Global Justice Ecology Project Dr. Irina Ermakova Don Fitz Director of Catering and Convention Services Chemicals Brian Tokar Biosafety Biodevastation 7 Bee Colony Collapse Barbara Chicherio Anne Petermann Agent Orange

Protest across the street from the GMO industry conference at
the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 1

“Stop Talking or You Will
Be Removed from the Hotel”

by Don Fitz

On September 17 we were gathering to walk into the Millennium Hotel for the second day of “GMO Free Midwest,” the St. Louis portion of Occupy Monsanto. Daniel (digger) Romano told us that we had been moved from the “Lewis and Clark” room to the “Laclede” room on the other side of the floor.

As we entered the new room, it struck me that it was half the size of the one we had paid for. Conference coordinator Barbara Chicherio went to find the supervisor in charge. She walked down the hall to a roped off area guarded heavily by hotel security. On the other side of the rope were attendees of the industry-backed “International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms.” [GMOs]

It appeared that the Millennium Hotel was as interested in making sure that we did not contaminate its audience as we were interested in preventing GMOs from contaminating the environment.

“Sir, are you in charge here?” Barbara asked. “Uptight” can barely describe the Millennium supervisor who starred back at her, stiff as a board. “I need to talk to you,” she continued. “Why were we moved from the room we rented?”

There was no answer.

“And why were we moved to the far end of the hall? And why were we put in a room half the size of what we paid for?”

Still, no answer.

“Could you tell me why there is a pot of coffee when I told staff that we could not pay $175 for it? And when can we get the table to go up in front of the room for the book signing that I explained we were having?”

“Did you read your contract?” finally came the response from the cardboard supervisor. “Read the BOE part of your contract.”

“What does that have to do with our being moved to a smaller room?”

“If you don’t stop talking to me, I will have you removed from the hotel,” was the most thoughtful answer he seemed able to come up with. Looking at his name tag, Barbara saw that he was “Rich Martin, Director of Catering and Convention Services.”

As the conversation was unfolding, Orin Langelle with the Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) pulled out his camera to film the interaction. Rich put up his hand, growling “No photos! You get away from me or I’ll have you removed from the hotel.” Nearby Orin was Anne Petermann, also with GJEP. She slid her camera away as she quietly caught Rich on film.

01Martin Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 1   “Stop Talking or You Will Be Removed from the Hotel” STL St. Louis Scientist Science RoundUp Rich Martin Orin Langelle National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millennium Hotel International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms Industry Green Party GMOs GMO Free Midwest GMO Labeling GMO Foods Global Justice Ecology Project Dr. Irina Ermakova Don Fitz Director of Catering and Convention Services Chemicals Brian Tokar Biosafety Biodevastation 7 Bee Colony Collapse Barbara Chicherio Anne Petermann Agent Orange

Rich Martin threatens to throw out organizers and journalists from the GMO Free Midwest. Photo: Petermann/ GJEP

Months before, Brian Tokar had told Barbara that a major pro-GMO symposium would be happening in Monsanto’s home town of St. Louis during September 16–20. Occupy Monsanto activists thought it might be interesting to have an event critical of GMOs at the same time and place. Barbara went to work booking a room.

In May 2003, the need for early booking was driven home. Alerted to a major biotech industry event by Jim Scheff, the Green Party of St. Louis planned Biodevastation 7 to occur at the same time. Groups planning for street theatre hoped to reserve the park near the industry event. Unfortunately, they waited until 2–3 months before the event to ask the City of St. Louis for the park. By then, the City had been informed by the police of plans for protests and refused to rent it.

In St. Louis, virtually every large institution has received major funding from Monsanto. There is a history of people reserving hotel or college space for events critical of Monsanto having to confront the problem of rent zooming up or other pressure to leave the location.

With a contract signed months in advance of the event, we went to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) to ask about our legal options if history were to repeat itself. One of the many pieces of useful information the NLG gave us was that the hotel would have the right to prevent us from entering if we were wearing T shirts with slogans they did not like. So, we covered our T-shirts with jackets before entering and took jackets off once inside. (Though the hotel could have told us we could not wear them, it is hard to treat people as a group when they are milling around.)

04Buthod Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 1   “Stop Talking or You Will Be Removed from the Hotel” STL St. Louis Scientist Science RoundUp Rich Martin Orin Langelle National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millennium Hotel International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms Industry Green Party GMOs GMO Free Midwest GMO Labeling GMO Foods Global Justice Ecology Project Dr. Irina Ermakova Don Fitz Director of Catering and Convention Services Chemicals Brian Tokar Biosafety Biodevastation 7 Bee Colony Collapse Barbara Chicherio Anne Petermann Agent Orange

Madeline Buthod and her two children protest Monsanto and GMOs outside of the Millennium Hotel. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

This second day of GMO Free Midwest was to begin with our last panel before having multiple actions. The first day had included discussions of Genetically Engineered Trees, Health Effects of GMO Foods, Round Up as the New Agent Orange, Bee Colony Collapse, Dangers of Industrial Agriculture and GMOs as a Weapon of Global Domination.

Just as we were about to begin the final panel, a woman came in wearing a name tag of the Biosafety Symposium. We wondered if she wandered into our room by mistake. She introduced herself as Dr. Irina Ermakova and said she was more interested in what we were doing than in that conference.

02Ermakova Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 1   “Stop Talking or You Will Be Removed from the Hotel” STL St. Louis Scientist Science RoundUp Rich Martin Orin Langelle National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millennium Hotel International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms Industry Green Party GMOs GMO Free Midwest GMO Labeling GMO Foods Global Justice Ecology Project Dr. Irina Ermakova Don Fitz Director of Catering and Convention Services Chemicals Brian Tokar Biosafety Biodevastation 7 Bee Colony Collapse Barbara Chicherio Anne Petermann Agent Orange
Irina Ermakova, a leading scientist at the Russian Academy of Scientists,
speaks to GMO Free Midwest. Photo: Petermann/GJEP

She was recognized as the author of some of the most important papers documenting dangers of GMOs. Dr. Ermakova is a Russian scientist who replicated work of Dr. Arpad Puztai. Dr. Puztai gained notoriety in 1998 when after reporting his research finding damage to the gut of rats fed GMOs. He had been a supporter of GMOs prior to his research but announced that he would never eat them after what he discovered. His employer, the famed Rowett Institute, then suspended him. Later, it came to light that Monsanto had given Rowett Research Services a grant of $224,000.

Dr. Ermakova found that offspring of female rats who had been fed GMO soy had a death rate of 50% within three weeks of birth. The death rate of infant rats whose mothers had eaten non-GMO soy was 10%. Offspring of GMO-fed rats were smaller and unable to reproduce when they reached adulthood. After reporting her findings, Ermakova experienced frequent verbal abuse from biotech enthusiasts and discovered charred remnants of papers placed in her office.

She felt much more welcome at GMO-Free Midwest than at industry’s “Biosafety” event. Orin Langelle and I delayed our panel on “Green Economics: Reality vs. Fantasy” so that Dr. Ermakova could review her research and concerns with GMO food.

The final panel of the conference built on information which had been covered the previous day to explain how GMOs are part of an overall thrust by neoliberalism to control the world economy. Orin spoke of the tragedy of Monsanto workers dying from chemical poisoning in addition to the contamination of entire communities. He detailed how false solutions for climate change such as the Green Economy and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) only serve to make corporations richer.

I pointed out that, during the twentieth century, the food industry faced the problem of how it could continue to grow once it became possible to feed the entire global population. Agribusiness continued to grow by inventing needs for pesticides, herbicides, processing, packaging, storing, advertising, and genetic modification, none of which increased the nutrition of food. The food industry is typical of other areas of production, which have grown not by improving people lives, but by developing wasteful and destructive processes and products.

With the discussion portion of GMO Free Monsanto over, everyone left the room, with many wearing T-shirts calling for the labeling of GMO food or noting its dangers. As several St. Louis cops began moving toward our room, we briskly walked outside.

05corn Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 1   “Stop Talking or You Will Be Removed from the Hotel” STL St. Louis Scientist Science RoundUp Rich Martin Orin Langelle National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millennium Hotel International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms Industry Green Party GMOs GMO Free Midwest GMO Labeling GMO Foods Global Justice Ecology Project Dr. Irina Ermakova Don Fitz Director of Catering and Convention Services Chemicals Brian Tokar Biosafety Biodevastation 7 Bee Colony Collapse Barbara Chicherio Anne Petermann Agent Orange

Mutant corn is turned away from participating in the 12th International Symposium
on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

Across the street, our picket signs were joined by large puppets of mutant GMO corn and pesticide resistant larva. A banner was soon hung from the fourth floor of a neighboring parking building which read “THE WORLD DOESN’T WANT YOUR GMOs”

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Banner hung across the street from the GMO industry conference Photo: Sandy Griffin

A few minutes later, the picket line was joined by our most honored guest, Dr. Irina Ermakova. We happened to have a “Burma Shave”-type sign series which read “WHY IS — MONSANTO — PUSHING — FOOD THAT — RATS — WON’T EAT?” Dr. Ermakova posed in the center for a photo that ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the next day.

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Irina Ermakova, a leading scientist at the Russian Academy of Scientists, joins GMO Free Midwest picket. Photo: Don Fitz

Don Fitz works helped plan GMO-Free Midwest and is active in the Greens/Green Party USA.

INCIDENT REPORT: Video from Fall River, Massachusetts

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |


On September 20, 2012, GCU Field Agents conducted a small Decontamination Event in Fall River, Massachusetts.

RT America: Monsanto makes rats grow tumors; are humans next?

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In a recent French lab study, rats that were fed genetically modified foods had a tendency to develop tumors and suffer severe organ damage. GMO’s have become a hot topic in the United States and in California people are demanding GMO food be labeled in the state. Many consumers feel humans will suffer the same fate as the lab rats and are hoping to put a stop to GMO food. Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director for the Organic Consumers Association joins us with more on the startling consequences and why Americans should be aware if they are buying GMO foods or not.


Source: Youtube

INCIDENT REPORT: Video of Decontamination Event at Monsanto’s facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


The Occupy Monsanto RTP protest in North Carolina was small in comparison to many this week, but many powerful outcomes have occurred. One woman drove three hours to attend over her concern for what toxins could be in the baked goods she sells to her customers, and others to demand that foods containing GMO’s must be labeled, but it was the children that attended who made the greatest statement of the day. The childrens protest signs simply said “I am not a lab rat, NO GMO’s” but that’s exactly what Monsanto and their affiliates have done to them and the entire population of the world.


Source: Youtube

Hawaii Public Radio: Groups Organize “Occupy Monsanto” Week on Five Islands

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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The Occupy movement is holding coordinated events targeting the world’s largest producer of genetically modified crops. Around the world groups are organizing “Occupy Monsanto” week, including Maui, Moloka`i, Kaua`i, O`ahu and Hawai`i Island.

Click here to download the MP3


Source: Hawaii Public Radio, Nikki Motson

INCIDENT REPORT: Photos & Video from outside of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pikieta przed Ambasadą USSA w Warszawie (17.09.2012) przeciwko lobby amerykańskiej dyplomacji na rzecz koncernu Monsanto


occupy monsanto warsaw14 INCIDENT REPORT: Photos & Video from outside of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland youtube Warszawie Warsaw Protest Polish Poland Pikieta Picket Monsanto Lobbying Free Speech English dyplomacji diplomacy Demonstration Decontamination Event amerykańskiej ambasadą USSA


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The Roundup Daily: World-wide protests push for labeling genetically engineered foods

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Photos, Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

vicky diaz roundup daily The Roundup Daily: World wide protests push for labeling genetically engineered foods University Student Newspaper Roundup Daily Protest NM New Mexico State University La Cruces GMO Labeling gmo Demonstration Decontamination Event College Peter Smith, Monday, September 17, 2012 5:55 pm | Updated: 4:20 pm, Thu Sep 20, 2012.

Over 75 locations held protests working against companies, such as Monsanto, connected to the global trade of genetically engineered foods, also known as GMOs. The network conducting the protests is known as Occupy Monsanto and hopes to pass legislation for labeling GMOs.

GMOs are genetically modified organisms altered through the use of genetic engineering. Genetically modifying organisms have been criticized as tempering with nature and have raised ecological and economic concerns in the past, according to Lesley Hunt, Ph.D. in the agribusiness and economics research unit at the University of Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand.

On the other hand, according to the World Health Organization: “GM foods currently available on the international market have passed risk assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health. In addition, no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved. Continuous use of risk assessments based on the Codex principles and, where appropriate, including post market monitoring, should form the basis for evaluating the safety of GM foods.”

The primary concern of Occupy Monsanto is the use of Glyphosate (Roundup), one of the most toxic herbicides and third most common cause of pesticide related sicknesses for agricultural workers according to Greenpeace, and its overuse on resistant GMOs.

Because GMOs have higher resistance to the herbicide, Occupy Monsanto says farmers will use the substance more liberally and the consumer may be put at risk.

According to the press release on occupy-monsanto.com, “Occupy Monsanto means to confront the industrial agriculture system head-on.”

Danielle Lapiano, an undergraduate student working on her bachelor degree in public health from New Mexico State University headed the protest in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Lapiano said, “occupy Monsanto is trying to get GMOs labeled. It just makes people sick.” She said most GMO products are not properly labeled or are misleading to the consumer.

Lapiano said she came out to “spread the word” on the dangers of GMOs. She set up a table in the Corbett Center Student Union and wore a full body bio-suit to emphasize the dangers of GMOs.

Rica Madrid, a member of Occupy Monsanto accused politicians and corporations of supporting GMOs at the expense of public health, saying, “People are stirred by the evidence that GMO foods compromise human health. Politicians and their sponsoring corporations ignore public outcry over GMOs to protect huge profits over health.”

Since GMOs’ introduction to the food supply in the mid 1990s, food allergies have expanded, according to Center for Disease Control data.


Source: Roundup Daily


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