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CNN: Millions protest genetically modified food, Monsanto, organizers say

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Filed under: Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Millions protest genetically modified food, Monsanto, organizers say

Two million people in more than 50 countries marched over the weekend in protest against a company called Monsanto, organizers claimed. CNN could not independently verify those numbers.

Monsanto is a giant, $58 billion multinational corporation with field offices in 60 countries. It was founded more than 100 years ago – and is best known for producing the chemical known as Agent Orange that scorched thousands of miles of earth during the Vietnam war.

Monsanto currently produces pesticides designed to deliver a death blow to living things, and also produces seeds designed to resist those lethal chemicals.

Now the company, with a history of questionable ethics practices and close ties to the government, may have received protection from future trouble. Slipped into a bill signed by President Barack Obama back in March is something called the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which would shield Monsanto seeds and other genetically modified crops approved by the Agriculture Department to be grown – even if there is action in the courts against them.

The weekend protest was focused on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. GMOs are plants, bacteria, and animals whose genetic makeup has been scientifically altered.

Some opponents want GMOs banned, others say foods whose DNA has been changed needs to at least be labeled.

Monsanto is a leading producer of genetically modified seeds and herbicides. In the last quarter alone it sold seed – much of it modified – worth more than $4 billion. The company said their business helps to feed the planet.

“It’s a vision that strives to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population,” said a Monsanto ad.

Some of the outrage was sparked by shocking photos showing massive tumors that developed on rats that ate genetically modified corn over a lifetime.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Caen, France. It has been criticized by many in the scientific community, and by the European food safety authority, who said it is simply not up to scientific standards.

Even so, the disturbing tumor photos lead many to question their own standards about what exactly they are eating.

But consumers have no way of knowing if they are eating genetically modified food, or feeding it to their family.

Last week, U.S. senators debated whether states could require food labeling for products with genetically engineered ingredients. The legislation, introduced by Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, failed.

“When you take on very powerful biotech companies like Monsanto and large food corporations, who, in many ways, would prefer that people not know what is in the food that they produce, they’re very powerful,” said Sanders. “They were able to gather a whole lot of support in the Senate.”

On its website, Monsanto states, “plant biotechnology has been in use for over 15 years, without documented evidence of adverse effects on human or animal health or the environment.”

Legislators who sided with Monsanto say the company is improving on nature.

“I think it would more accurately be called a modern science to feed a very troubled and hungry world,” Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts said on the Senate floor last week.

But Sanders said the company, and others like it, need to be more transparent, and that slipping protection for Monsanto into that March bill was wrong.

“People have a right to know what is in the food they’re eating,” said Sanders.

“You have deregulated the GMO industry from court oversight, which is really not what America is about. You should not be putting riders that people aren’t familiar with, in a major piece of legislation,” said Sanders.

Law or no law, grocery giant Whole Foods said they will start labeling all genetically modified food by 2018.

“The fact is there are no studies, as yet, linking GMO to health problems,”said Michael Moss, New York Times investigative reporter and author of “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.”

The flip side, said Moss, is there are few scientists doing that kind of research, and the agency in charge of GMOs is “the FDA, which has a real spotty record on food safety, which concerns people.”

At the moment, the issue appears to be evolving into a matter of disclosure.

“People care about what they’re putting into their bodies, and they want to know what is in the products that they’re eating, so they can make that decision,” said Moore.


Source: Senator Sanders Youtube + CNN

March Against Monsanto – Media Coverage

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Yesterday we created a community spreadsheet on Google Docs. The spreadsheet was designed to catalog all of the March Against Monsanto media that was generated over the last week. From local TV coverage to unedited Youtube videos to Facebook photo galleries of the March Against Monsanto, we hope you will consider adding to spreadsheet so that others will see the success of your March Against Monsanto. Below we have over 170 different items but we know that this listing is only the tip of the iceberg!

COUNTRY STATE/PROVINCE CITY TITLE MEDIA ORGANIZATION / CREATOR
Australia Cairns March Against Monsanto – Cairns, Australia. May 25th (Youtube User: Calem Smith)
Australia Melbourne Endpoint of Melbourne Australia March Against Monsanto (Youtube User: tbn97)
Austria Vienna March against Monsanto – Zeitraffer (Youtube User: ichmachpolitik)
Austria Vienna March Against Monsanto @ Vienna (Youtube User: Ernst Gruber·)
Canada Manitoba Winnipeg CTV Winnipeg: Dozens protest GMO foods (CTV Winnipeg)
Canada Manitoba Winnipeg Local anti-Monsanto protesters critical of ‘Franken-food’ (Winnipeg Free Press)
Canada Alberta Calgary Protesters march against GMO giant Monsanto in 430 cities (CBC)
Canada Alberta Calgary Calgarians gather for ‘March Against Monsanto’ (CTV Calgary )
Canada Alberta Edmonton CTV Edmonton: Anti-GMO rally (CTV Edmonton)
Canada Alberta Edmonton CTV Edmonton: Monsanto correction (CTV Edmonton)
Canada Alberta Edmonton March Against Monsanto – Edmonton – Global Day of Action (Youtube User: Paula E. Kirman)
Canada British Columbia Castlegar MP Supports Todays March Against Monsanto in Castlegar (Castlegar Source)
Canada British Columbia Vancouver March against Monsanto – Vancouver – BC (Youtube User: Arthur Lobo)
Canada British Columbia Vancouver Vancouver joins global day of protest against Monsanto, GMOs (CTV BC)
Canada British Columbia Vancouver CTV BC: ‘March Against Monsanto’ hits Vancouver (CTV BC)
Canada British Columbia Vancouver Protesters rally in Vancouver against genetically modified food (Global News)
Canada NB Moncton March Against Monsanto Moncton (Youtube User: MissFriponne)
Canada Ontario Kitchener CTV Kitchener: Hundreds attend GMO rally (CTV Kitchener)
Canada Ontario Kitchener March Against Monsanto’ comes to King Street in Kitchener (CTV Kitchener)
Canada Ontario London London Ontario March Against Monsanto (Youtube User: Shawn Slade)
Canada Ontario London CTV London/Windsor: Monsanto protest (CTV London/Windsor)
Canada Ontario Sudbury People protest genetically modified food (Sudbury Star)
Canada Ontario Sudbury CTV Northern Ontario: Food March (CTV Northern Ontario)
Canada Ontario Toronto March Against Monsanto – Toronto (Youtube User: ubergroupinc)
Canada Ontario Toronto March Against Monsanto-Toronto-5/25/2013 (Youtube User: Cuzdcrow)
Canada Ontario Toronto Coast to coast, thousands attend ‘March Against Monsanto’ (CTV Toronto)
Canada Ontario Toronto Demonstrators rally against Monsanto in global anti-GMO protest (CTV Toronto)
Canada Quebec Montreal March Against Monsanto Montreal – Old Monsanto Had a Farm – Montrealers Sing Against Monsanto (Youtube User: freeradiorevolution)
Canada Quebec Montreal Anti-Monsanto march in Montreal targets GMOs (CTV Montreal)
Canada Quebec Montreal Anti-Monsanto march in Montreal targets GMOs (CTV Montreal)
Canada Quebec Montreal Montrealers join global anti-GMO protest (Montreal Gazette)
Canada Saskatchewan Regina CTV Regina: Walk against Monsanto (CTV Regina)
Europe #M25 #MarchAgainstMonsanto LiveStreams P1 (Europe Time) (Youtube User: GlobalRevolutionLive)
France Marseille Marche contre Monsanto à Marseille (Youtube User: Graphijane)
Germany Saarbrücken Rede von Valentin 25.05.2013 March against Monsanto in Saarbrücken Rede von Valentin (Youtube User: David Hupperich)
Guatemala Guatemala City March-Against- Monsanto Guatemala 25th May 2013 (“GMO Libre
Guatemala”)
International Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto (Associated Press)
International Challenging Monsanto: Over two million march the streets of 436 cities, 52 countries (RT)
International Global march challenges Monsanto’s dominance: TIMELINE (RT)
International Day of worldwide protests in ‘March Against Monsanto’ (Euronews)
International Day of worldwide protests in ‘March Against Monsanto’ (Euronews)
International Millions March Against Monsanto! (Youtube User: lymeguy1)
International Global protests target Monsanto, genetically modified food (The Christian Science Monitor)
International US takes to streets to march against Monsanto & GMO future (RT )
International Hell No, GMO! Anti-Monsanto protests sweep US (RT )
International March Against Monsanto: Global protest challenges biotech giant (RT )
International Anti-Monsanto protests pop up across the US (Reuters)
International Marš protiv Monsanta (Youtube User: Kontra Punkt)
International Protests Against Monsanto in 55 Countries (The Epoch Times)
International March Against Monsanto Worldwide Protest Two Days After Food Label Bill Fails Senate (Inquisitr.com)
Japan Tokyo March Against Monsanto in Tokyo, Japan 2013-05-25 2/4 (Youtube User: Tomoya INYAKU)
New Zealand Northland Whangarei March Against Monsanto, Whangarei. May 25, 2013. (Youtube User: WebOfEvidence)
New Zealand Auckland Monsanto Taking Control Using Trade Deals, 25May2013 (Youtube User: MRNEWSguerillamedia)
New Zealand Auckland Monsanto march On US Consulate, Vinny Eastwood 25May2013 (Youtube User: MRNEWSguerillamedia)
Serbia Belgrade Challenging Monsanto: Anti-GMO Protest In Belgrade, Serbia [Photo/Video] (InSerbia)
South Africa Cape Town March Against Monsanto Cape Town Gathering before the March (Youtube User: Ryan G)
South Africa Cape Town March Against Monsanto Cape Town South Africa 2013 (Youtube User: Ryan G)
The Netherlands Amsterdam March against Monsanto Amsterdam 25 mei 2013 (Youtube User: dieillumintiscum)
United Kingdom England London March Against Monsanto London May 25 2013 (Youtube User: wheelzwheeler)
United States AK Anchorage Hundreds Gather Downtown To March Against Monsanto (KTUU)
United States AZ Phoenix Tucsonan wants voters to decide on requiring labels on genetically modified foods (Arizona Daily Star)
United States CA Los Angeles Anti-Monsanto Speaker Rails Against GMOs, Vaccines … Fast & Furious? (Reason TV)
United States CA Palm Springs Protesters march against Monsanto here and in 250 cities worldwide (The Desert Sun)
United States CA San Francisco MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO – SAN FRANCISCO – SAT / MAY 25, 2013 (Youtube User: carol harvey)
United States CA San Francisco March Against Monsanto San Francisco. 5/25/2013. Part 1 of 2 (Youtube User: Barkingcarpet)
United States CA San Francisco March Against Monsanto San Francisco. 5/25/2013. Part 2 of 2 (Youtube User: Barkingcarpet)
United States CO Boulder Boulder residents participate in worldwide March Against Monsanto (Colorado Daily)
United States CO Colorado Springs Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto (KOAA)
United States CO Colorado Springs March Against Monsanto Protest (Rocky Mountain Views)
United States CO Colorado Springs March Against Monsanto Protest (MAM COS)
United States CO Denver Protesters Rally Against Genetically Modified Foods In Denver (KUNC 91.5 FM)
United States CO Denver Hundreds Rally Against Monsanto At State Capitol (KCNC – CBS Denver)
United States CO Denver March Against Monsanto -Denver -THE MARCH (Youtube User: WanderFilmer)
United States CO Grand Junction March Against Monsanto protest (KKCO – NBC News 11)
United States CO Grand Junction Activists March Against Monsanto’s GMOs (KREX – CBS News 5)
United States DC Washington March Against Monsanto White House to Monsanto (Ted Majdosz)
United States DC Washington Demonstrators rally against Monsanto in global anti-GMO protest (Washington Post)
United States DC Washington Marchers in over 400 cities protest Monsanto (Washington Post)
United States DC Washington Protesters ‘March Against Monsanto’ across US, in over 50 countries in anti-GMO rally (Washington Post)
United States DC Washington May 25, 2013 March Against Monsanto, Washington DC Part 1 (Youtube User: Rupert Chappelle)
United States DC Washington March Against Monsanto descends on Monsanto’s lobbying office (dcdirectactionnews )
United States DC Washington Protest in DC Denounces “Monsanto Protection Act” (The REAL News)
United States DC Washington March Against Monsanto – May 25th 2013 – Washington, DC – Part 1 (Inform and Engage )
United States DC Washington March Against Monsanto – May 25th 2013 – Washington, DC – Part 2 (Inform and Engage )
United States DC Washington March Against Monsanto – May 25th 2013 – Washington, DC – Part 3 (Inform and Engage )
United States DC Washington March Against Monsanto – May 25th 2013 – Washington, DC – Part 4 (Inform and Engage )
United States DC Washington March Against Monsanto – May 25th 2013 – Washington, DC – Part 5 (Inform and Engage )
United States FL Fort Meyers Locals march against Monsanto (WBBH)
United States FL Fort Meyers Protesters march against Monsanto in 250 cities (WBBH)
United States FL Fort Meyers Correction: Marching Against Monsanto story (WBBH)
United States FL Gainsville Protesters march on 34th St. against Monsanto (Gainsville Sun)
United States FL Miami March Against Monsanto Miami (Examiner)
United States FL Miami A lesson on Monsanto [WORLDMUSTWAKEUP] (Youtube User: WorldMustWakeUp)
United States FL Miami March Against Monsanto Miami May 25 2013 (Youtube User: Estrellita Derock)
Untied States FL Pensacola March Against Monsanto rally in Pensacola (WEAR – ABC 3)
United States FL Orlando Anti-Monsanto protesters pack downtown Orlando (Orlando Sentinel )
United States FL Orlando Anti-Monsanto protesters pack downtown Orlando (Orlando Sentinel)
United States FL Tampa March Against Monsanto in Tampa, St. Pete (WFTS – ABC Tampa)
United States FL West Palm Beach March Against Monsanto (Youtube User: Jack Schulman)
United States GA Cleveland Cleveland hosts ‘March Against Monsanto’ (WDUN – Access North Georgia)
United States HI Hilo VIDEO: March against Monsanto held on Hawaii Island (Big Island Video News.com)
United States HI Honolulu March Against Monsanto, Honolulu, Hawaii 5/25/13 (Youtube User: PlantbasedAthlete)
United States ID Boise Idaho protestors ‘March Against Monsanto’ (KTVB)
United States IN Indianapolis Monsanto protest (WISH)
United States KS Olathe KC protesters object to genetically modified crops (The Olathe News)
United States KY Louisville March Against Monsanto planned for Saturday in Louisville (Courier-Journal)
United States MA Bedford Anti-GMO activists plan local offshoot of world-wide march (South Coast Today)
United States MA Martha’s Vineyard Demonstrators at Five Corners Join International Protest Against Monsanto (Martha’s Vineyard Gazette)
United States ME Portland Mainers protest against Monsanto (WMTW – ABC 8 )
United States ME Portland Millions march against Monsanto (WMTW – ABC 8 )
United States ME Rockland Anti-Monsanto crowd takes to the streets in Rockland to protest genetically modified seeds (Bangor Daily News)
United States MI Ann Arbor Protesters march against genetically modified foods in Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor.com)
United States MI Grand Rapids Protests against Monsanto all over USA (WOOD)
United States MI Grand Rapids Rallies Against Monsanto In Grand Rapids And Kalamazoo (WXMI – Fox 17)
United States MI Kalamazoo Protesters march in rally against Monsanto (WWMT – CBS Newschannel 3)
United States MI Traverse City Activists march to protest genetically modified food (Up North Live)
United States MN Minneapolis Hundreds March Against Monsanto (WCCO – CBS Minneapolis)
United States MN Minneapolis Nationwide Protests Held Against Monsanto (WCCO – CBS Minneapolis)
United States MO Kansas City Protesters march against Monsanto in 250 cities (Kansas City Star)
United States MO Kansas City Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto (Kansas City Star)
United States MO Kansas City March against Monsanto brings hundreds to Plaza (WDAF – Fox 4 KC)
United States MO Kansas City KC Monsanto protest one of 300 worldwide (WDAF – Fox 4 KC)
United States MO Kansas City Protests target Monsanto in KC, elsewhere (KMBC – 9)
United States MO St. Louis Hundreds Protest GMOs At Monsanto (KPLR-TV)
United States MO St. Louis March Against Monsanto (KSDK)
United States MO St. Louis March Against Monsanto, St. Louis, MO May 25th 2013 (Youtube User: thenewsurvivalist)
United States MT Billings Protesters rally against genetically modified foods (Billings Gazette)
United States MT Billings News photos: Protesters rally against GMO, Monsanto (Billings Gazette)
United States MT Billings Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto (Billings Gazette)
United States MT Butte Montanans March against Monsanto (KXIF – CBS Montana)
United States NV Las Vegas March Against Monsanto – Las Vegas (Youtube User: RealizeNation)
United States NY Buffalo WNY Marches Against Monsanto in Buffalo (WIVB)
United States NY New York 2,400 March Against Monsanto in NYC (Chiu Ng)
United States NY New York City Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered (New York Times)
United States NY New York City March Against Monsanto – NYC (Youtube User: OccupytheLIRR)
United States NY Rochester Protesters push for labeling of genetically modified foods (Democrat and Chronicle)
United States OH Akron March Against Monsanto Akron (Youtube User: OccupyEarthUSA)
United States OH Columbus March Against Monsanto- Columbus Ohio. (Youtube User: Joseph Ross)
United States OK Tulsa Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto (KJRH – NBC 2)
United States OR Eugene U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up (KTMR)
United States OR Eugene Hundreds gather in Eugene to protest Monsanto, GMO’s (KTMR)
United States OR Eugene Eugene Residents March Against Monsanto (KEZI – ABC 9)
United States OR Eugene Eugene Protesters Rally Against GMO’s (KLCC – 89.7 FM)
United States PA Harrisburg Protesters worried about ‘frankenfood’ March Against Monsanto in Harrisburg (The Patriot News)
United States PA Harrisburg Protestors gather at Capitol to protest genetically modified foods (WHTM – ABC 27)
United States PA Philadelphia Police Captain: ‘Monsanto Has Got to Go’ – March Against Monsanto (Youtube User: Natural Society)
United States TN Knoxville March Against Monsanto protesters rally in Knoxville (WATE – News 6)
United States TN Nashville Nashville (Youtube User: 13chicken)
United States TN Nashville Nashville Protesters Demonstrate Against Monsanto (WTVF-TV – News Channel 5)
United States TN Nashville Protesters march against Monsanto in 250 cities (WTVF-TV – News Channel 5)
United States TN Nashville Correction: Marching Against Monsanto story (WTVF-TV – News Channel 5)
United States TX Austin March Against Monsanto (Austin, TX) – Footage from the front lines (Natual News TV)
United States TX Austin March Against Monsanto- Austin (Youtube User: bahnscott)
United States TX Austin Hundreds protest in march against Monsanto (KVUE – ABC)
United States TX Austin Protesters march against Monsanto, GMOs (Your News Now)
United States TX Dallas Nearly 1,000 protesters turn out for Dallas’ March Against Monsanto (Dallas Culturemap)
United States TX Rio Grande Valley Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto (Valley Morning Star)
United States TX San Antonio Cannons interrupt Monsanto protest (San Antonio Express-News )
United States UT Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Photos (Flickr User: xberserker)
United States UT Salt Lake City March Against Monsanto Salt Lake City – Song by Chris Cullen “Barn Burner” (Youtube User: Redcastleproductions)
United States UT Salt Lake City March Against Monsanto Salt Lake City The People Have Spoken (Youtube User: Redcastleproductions)
United States UT Salt Lake City March Against Monsanto Salt Lake City – Song by Chris Cullen “Barn Burner” (Youtube User: jon clem)
United States UT Salt Lake City Protesters march against Monsanto in 250 cities (KSL)
United States UT Salt Lake City March Against Monsanto: Utah protesters rally against GMOs (The Salt Lake Tribune)
United States VA Blacksburg Protesters rally in Blacksburg and Roanoke against Monsanto (WDBJ7)
United States VA Roanoke March Against Monsanto Roanoke Virginia (Youtube User: justbernard)
United States WA Seattle March Against Monsanto: Seattle 5/25/2013 (Youtube User: MartinTheCoug)
United States WA Spokane Hundreds in Spokane ‘March Against Monsanto’ (KREM)
United States WI Green Bay March Against Monsanto – Green Bay WI (Youtube User: murphoto)
United States WI Milwaukee March against Monsanto held in Milwaukee (WISN – ABC 12)
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[NOTE: This listing will be updated in one week with more entries]

Scan of the Response Letter from the FDA

Posted: May 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Approximately a week and a half after we sent our follow-up letter to the FDA Commissioner, we received this reply indicating our meeting request is being reviewed.


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We anticipate another letter within the next few weeks. If we don’t receive one, we plan on contacting the FDA again…. to be continued…

Our Follow-up Letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg

Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Filed under: Incident Reports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.
FDA Commissioner
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993

April 29, 2013

Dear Commissioner Hamburg,

We sincerely appreciated the response from your secretary on April 4, concerning your inability to attend our demonstration outside the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition that took place on Monday, April 8. The demonstration was successful and generated numerous newspaper articles across the country.

We write today to request a meeting with you concerning the labeling of genetically engineered foods in America. We are aware that representatives from the FDA have attended similar meetings with representatives from the chemical and processed food industries, and we deserve the opportunity to meet and discuss our concerns. We are willing to accommodate your busy schedule and can meet on the date and time of your choosing in May, June, or July. Upon confirmation from your office, we intend to invite business leaders in the organic food industry who share our concerns related to labeling of genetically engineered foods.

As you know, last year there were over one million signatures submitted to your agency asking you to require mandatory labels for foods produced using modern genetic engineering techniques. However, we still have not received a thorough reply from the FDA regarding this petition. We have reviewed the statements on the FDA website, and have concluded that instituting mandatory labels for genetically engineered foods is currently within your power and that such implementing such a policy does not require Congressional action.

Your failure to allay the concerns of American consumers and respond to the petition has resulted in growing distrust of your agency. We interpret the FDA’s resolve to ignore the people’s overwhelming support of mandatory GMO labeling as demonstrative of your true priority: protecting corporate interests, rather than protecting consumers’ safety and our fundamental right to transparency in food labeling. If the FDA is to regain the trust of American consumers you must demonstrate real action and commitment to introducing GMO labeling policy. Our proposed meeting is the crucial first step in beginning that process.

Consumers want the FDA to reject the purported authority of arbitrary biotechnology corporations as providers of safety studies. We demand independent tests conducted by the FDA or respected researchers at universities. Moreover, consumers are concerned that the existing body of safety studies are woefully incomplete and do not reflect the data recorded over the entire lifespan of animals fed genetically engineered foods.

The biotechnology industry says that there have been over 3 trillion meals served using genetically engineered ingredients without any health issues. We believe this statement is misleading; it is impossible to trace any health effects due to the consumption of genetically engineered foods when there are no mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods. Conversely, since genetically engineered foods entered the American food supply in the late 1990s, there has been a noticeable increase in diabetes, asthma, autism, cancer, and stomach maladies in America. Some concerned consumers believe this unfortunate increase is the direct result of consuming genetically engineered foods. This anecdotal evidence is not based on science. However, unless consumers are given the opportunity to choose between foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients and those that don’t, the anecdotal evidence will continue to yield further speculation on the dangers of consuming genetically engineered foods.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Gene Etic
GMO Policy Analyst
Occupy Monsanto

Photos from the Stone Soup Eat-In at the FDA

Posted: April 10th, 2013 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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On Monday, April 8, 2013 hundreds of safe food activists from across America descended upon the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for the first ever Eat-In to Label GMOs. Here are some of the photos that were posted on the Facebook Event Page:
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Dana Milbank: The motto for this protest — soup’s on!

Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The motto for this protest — soup’s on!

by Dana Milbank, Washington Post

When authorities got wind of a demonstration planned for Monday outside the Food and Drug Administration’s offices in College Park, they fortified their defenses.

A motorcycle and nine police vans, ominously marked “Homeland Security,” parked in front of the FDA building, and uniformed officers fanned out across the entrance, where they waited.

And waited.

And waited.

They needn’t have. The demonstrators, demanding that the FDA require the labeling of genetically modified foods, hadn’t come with violence in mind, or even civil disobedience. They had come to cook a 50-gallon vat of soup on the sidewalk and then consume the stuff — a first-ever “eat-in” at the FDA, they said.

There were no foul-mouthed anarchists dressed in black — just the sort of well-heeled crowd you’d come across at Whole Foods. “I packed up my kids’ lunches and drove from Boston to Hartford to ride a bus for five hours,” Kristi Marsh told the crowd, using the sound system to recount her trip to Monday’s protest. She wore a chef’s hat hand-lettered with the words “Everyday Mom.”

“I’ve never, ever protested before,” Marsh told me after her speech. “I was nervous. I had these visions of overturned buses and policemen dressed up like storm troopers. But when I saw part of the labor was to commit to no alcohol, no drugs, no violence, then I thought, ‘I want to be present.’ ”

She reached into her handbag. “Want some sunscreen?” she asked.

This is the face of the new protest movement — or at least organizers hope to make it so.

“We wanted a comfortable event,” Tom Llewellyn, the 30-year-old organizer, said of the FDA action, billed as “a day of sunshine and picnic-style protest” against GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. “It’s all about who you’re appealing to. There has to be a face of the movement for every single demographic to connect with.”

Taking a page from the gay-rights playbook, other causes on the left are holding fewer of the disruptive protests of recent decades and opting for persuasion over confrontation. In part, this strategy reflects the failure of recent movements, such as Occupy Wall Street and the anti-globalization demonstrations, to turn protesters’ enthusiasm into enduring public support.

The campaign against GMOs is typical: The movement has dropped its demand that such altered foods be banned, instead embracing the more reasonable goal of labeling such foods accurately. And activists are looking for non-threatening ways to broaden the cause’s appeal.

Llewellyn based Monday’s event on “Stone Soup,” a European folk tale about a traveler who persuades villagers to contribute to a communal meal. He borrowed the idea from peace activists of decades past, but made his a GMO-free soup.

“I’ve come here with this magical soup stone,” he told the crowd of 60, which swelled through the morning as the soup boiled.

The demonstrators, some wearing aprons, chef’s hats or clothing with GMO themes (“Give Peas a Chance”), handed over their organic vegetables and told their stories to the TV crews and reporters who had come to witness the spectacle:

“Hi, I’m Tory and this is my grandmother Nettie. We brought carrots . . . ”

Peter, a 12-year-old from Pennsylvania, announced: “I came here today with just organic mushrooms.” His mom patted him on the back after his turn at the microphone.

Another woman said, “My name is Erin O’Maley. I’m a chiropractor. . . . I brought some zucchini.”

A woman from Atlanta, Jay, was one of several to call for the resignation of Michael Taylor, the deputy FDA commissioner who had worked at Monsanto, a major GMO producer. “I’m a mother of an 8-year-old child and she’s not a science experiment,” the woman said.

Not all of the demonstrators were of the sort that would help the movement broaden its appeal. One man, in fatigues and a T-shirt covered with handwritten slogans, said he had brought “a non-edible mushroom” and complained that “my soup kitchen serves food that sucks.”

But the organizers found their target audience in Marsh of Massachusetts. Marsh, who writes tips on healthful living, said the image of the typical protest, angry and defiant, “scares people away.”

But as the soup simmered Monday, she told her fellow demonstrators that she would convert other mothers — “everyday me’s,” she called them — to the cause. “As long as you are out there doing this kind of stuff, I will be out there,” she said. “And I will be educating the everyday me’s, because that’s the masses that you need your support from.”


Source: Washington Post


This article was syndicated in the Salt Lake City Tribune, The Oregonian, The Herald, The Orland Sentinel, West Hawaii Today, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shreveport Times, Delmarva Now, The Herald Tribune, AZ Central, and Faribault Daily News.

RT America: Occupy Eat-in

Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“Over 100 protesters, activists and food advocates gathered outside of the FDA Center Food Safety and Applied Nutrition today to participate in the first ever Occupy Monsanto Eat-in. On the menu: stone soup and U.S. policies when it comes to labeling genetically Modified foods. The protesters demanded all GMO foods to be labeled and an end to the revolving door between the Washington and the biotech industry. RT Correspondent Meghan Lopez was at the eat-in and took a bite out of the issue.”


Source: RT America


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