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Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it's enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto's products.



Guest Post: Trans-Pacific Partnership and Monsanto

Posted: July 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Trans-Pacific Partnership and Monsanto

by Barbara Chicherio

Something is looming in the shadows that could help erode our basic rights and contaminate our food. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional Free Trade Agreement in history, both in economic size and the ability to quietly add more countries in addition to those originally included. As of 2011 its 11 countries accounted for 30% of the world’s agricultural exports. Those countries are the US, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Recently, Japan has joined the negotiations.

Six hundred US corporate advisors have had input into the TPP. The draft text has not been made available to the public, press or policy makers. The level of secrecy around this agreement is unparalleled. The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark while representatives of US corporations are being consulted and privy to the details.

The chief agricultural negotiator for the US is the former Monsanto lobbyist, Islam Siddique. If ratified the TPP would impose punishing regulations that give multinational corporations unprecedented right to demand taxpayer compensation for policies that corporations deem a barrier to their profits.
There appears not to be a specific agricultural chapter in the TPP. Instead, rules affecting food systems and food safety are woven throughout the text. This agreement is attempting to establish corporations’ rights to skirt domestic courts and laws and sue governments directly with taxpayers paying compensation and fines directly from the treasury.

Though TPP content remains hidden, here are some things we do know:

· Members of Congress are concerned that the TPP would open the door to imports without resolving questions around food safety or environmental impacts on its production.

· Procurement rules specifically forbid discrimination based on the quality of production. This means that public programs that favor the use of sustainably produced local foods in school lunch programs could be prohibited.

· The labeling of foods containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) will not be allowed. Japan currently has labeling laws for GMOs in food. Under the TPP Japan would no longer be able to label GMOs. This situation is the same for New Zealand and Australia. In the US we are just beginning to see some progress towards labeling GMOs. Under the TPP GMO labels for US food would not be allowed.

· In April 2013, Peru placed a 10-year moratorium on GMO foods and plants. This prohibits the import, production and use of GMOs in foods and GMO plants and is aimed at safeguarding Peru’s agricultural diversity. The hope is to prevent cross-pollination with non-GMO crops and to ban GMO crops like Bt corn. What will become of Peru’s moratorium if the TPP is passed?

· There is a growing resistance to Monsanto’s agricultural plans in Vietnam. Monsanto (the US corporation controlling an estimated 90% of the world seed genetics) has a dark history with Vietnam. Many believe that Monsanto has no right to do business in a country where Monsanto’s product Agent Orange is estimated to have killed 400,000 Vietnamese, deformed another 500,000 and stricken another 2 million with various diseases.

Legacies of other trade agreements that serve as a warning about the TPP. Trade agreements have a history of displacing small farmers and destroying local food economies. Ten years following the passage of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) 1.5 million Mexican farmers became bankrupt because they could not compete with the highly subsidized US corn entering the Mexican market.

In the same 10 years Mexico went from a country virtually producing all of its own corn to a country that now imports at least half of this food staple. Mexican consumers are now paying higher prices for Monsanto’s GMO corn.

With little or no competition for large corporations Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta now control 57% of the commercial food market.

While the TPP is in many ways like NAFTA and other existing trade agreements, it appears that the corporations have learned from previous experience. They are carefully crafting the TPP to insure that citizens of the involved countries have no control over food safety, what they will be eating, where it is grown, the conditions under which food is grown and the use of herbicides and pesticides.
If the TPP is adopted the door will be open wider for human rights and environmental abuse. Some of the things we should expect to see include:
· more large scale farming and more monocultures;
· destruction of local economies;
· no input into how our food is grown or what we will be eating;
· more deforestation;
· increased use of herbicides and pesticides;
· more industrial pollution;
· increased patenting of life forms;
· more GMO plants and foods; and
· no labeling of GMOs in food.

Together these are a step backwards for human rights and a giant step towards Monsanto’s control of our food.

Please pass the word to others about the TPP as most Americans are unaware of this trade agreement or its ominous effects if passed.

Barbara Chicherio is treasurer of the Gateway Green Alliance and National Committee member of the Green Party USA.

MyFoxDC: Genetically Modified Food Concerns

Posted: July 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Genetic engineering technology was introduced 20 years ago with the notion we could make enough food to feed everyone in the world. However, many are becoming increasingly concerned about the growing number of genetically modified foods in our food supply. FOX 5 Consumer Reporter Laura Evans has more on this story.


Source: Fox 5, Washington, DC

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.


FDA Occupy Monsanto Reply Scan Scan of the Response Letter from the FDA  Response Meeting Margaret Hamburg letter GMO Labeling gmo FDA Commissioner

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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