This is a Call to Action for a
Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere

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.




INCIDENT REPORT: Video of GCU Field Agents visiting the GOP & Dems’ HQ on 10.17.12

Posted: October 19th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Occupy Monsanto visits GOP, Democrats’ national HQs on Capitol Hill; call on Romney to address issue of ‘revolving door’ between corporations and government, call on Obama to keep ’08 campaign promises on GMO food labeling.


Source: Mike Flugennock

UStream of GCU Field Agents outside of the Republican Party Headquarters

Posted: October 17th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |



Video streaming by Ustream


@OrganizerX came to the Occupy the GMO Candidate demonstration outside of the Republican Party Headquarters in Washington, DC and filmed GCU Field Agents and the GMO Corn Chimp.

Press Release: GCU Field Agents Target Romney & Obama Campaign Offices on October 17

Posted: October 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Press Releases | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

GMO Candidate web Press Release: GCU Field Agents Target Romney & Obama Campaign Offices on October 17 Washington RoundUp Republican Party Protest press release Political Party Mitt Romney Michael Taylor John W. Hanley GMO Candidate Genetic Crimes Unit GCU District of Columbia Demonstration Democratic Party DC Barack Obama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2012

GCU Media Liaison: Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671
GMO@Occupy-Monsanto.com

Genetic Crimes Unit Agents Target Romney & Obama Campaign Offices on October 17

Food Activists Demand Candidates Take Position In Favor of GMO Food Labeling Prior to Receiving Support

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, Occupy Monsanto’s field agents with the Genetic Crimes Unit (GCU), a group whose aim is to expose Monsanto’s crimes against farmers, the environment, and human health, will visit both the Republican and Democratic party headquarters in Washington DC. The GCU opposes genetically engineered food (GMOs) and seeks to expose Monsanto’s ties to both parties who have, for too long, protected agribusiness interests over that of the 99% of Americans who want healthy and safe food.

WHO: Occupy Monsanto Agents with the Genetic Crimes Unit

WHAT: Demonstration at Republican and Democratic Party Headquarters

WHEN & WHERE: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at Republican Party Headquarters, 310 1st Street SE and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Democratic Party Headquarters, 430 S Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC

The protests at the two major party headquarters is the 70th Occupy Monsanto demonstration this year. Biohazmat-clad “Agents” have repeatedly addressed Obama’s ties to the GMO debate, pointing out that in his 2007 election bid he promised to have genetically engineered food labeled after being elected.

"We demand that Romney and Obama come clean on their ties to Monsanto and fight for the health of Americans over chemical company profits," said Adam Eidinger. "The fact that FDA Food Safety Czar Michael Taylor, former lobbyist and lawyer for Monsanto, was appointed by Barack Obama to make decisions on food safety is a disgrace," adds Eidinger.

"Mitt Romney has been instrumental to Monsanto’s success, and we have no indication that he will change his ways if elected." Rica Madrid said. Romney’s early consulting for Monsanto was effective in shifting Monsanto’s strategy from a focus on reputation-tarnishing chemical compounds to genetically engineered food and the profitable RoundUp weed killer. Romney was so effective that then-Monsanto CEO John W. Hanley helped him create Bain Capital. 

http://Occupy-Monsanto.com is part of a decentralized movement of food democracy advocates who are taking up the call for demonstrations against Monsanto Company around the world.
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Occupy the GMO Candidate – Oct. 17, 2012

Posted: September 27th, 2012 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

GMO Candidate web Occupy the GMO Candidate   Oct. 17, 2012 Protest Occupy Monsanto Mitt Romney GMO Labeling gmo GCU Field Agents Demonstration Decontamination Event Decentralized Candidate Barack Obama

On Wednesday, October 17, one month after the commencement of the Occupy Monsanto Global Week of Action, we are calling for Occupy Monsanto GCU Field Agents across America to stage Decontamination Events at your nearest campaign office of Romney or Obama. For GCU Field Agents located outside of America, we suggest staging another demonstration at your nearest Monsanto facility or symbol of American toxic agriculture.

Why? Both presidential candidates are avoiding the GMO issue because both candidates take money from Monsanto. Therefore its up to us to force them to take a position on GMOs.

Activism in all its forms is the best way to force political candidates to listen to the people. Signing petitions is activism-lite, while showing up at a campaign field office with signs, banners, megaphones, and staging a Decontamination Event is the type of activism that cannot be ignored.


Confirmed Decontamination Events:

+ Stand For No GMO’s at CANDIDATES OFFICES in Daytona Beach, Florida
+ Occupy the GMO Candidate – San Francisco, CA
+ Occupy Robamney – Omaha, NE
+ Occupy the GMO Candidate – Republican Party National Headquarters, Washington, DC
+ Occupy the GMO Candidate – Democratic Party National Headquarters, Washington, DC


If you plan on taking part, please e-mail the time, date, and the address of the candidate’s Field Office to October17@Occupy-Monsanto.com and we’ll add it to the list above.


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Al Jazeera English – Inside Story Americas: Should Americans be told what to drink?

Posted: September 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The US is infamous for its food and drink portion sizes. Movie theatres offer beverages in sizes as large as 1.5 litres.

But now New York has become the first city to approve a ban on the sale of super-sized sugary drinks.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the ban is an attempt to tackle the city’s soaring obesity rate.

More than half of New Yorkers are either obese or overweight. The city’s health authority estimates 5,000 people die every year from obesity-related health problems.

But the measure has been fiercely criticised by the US soft drinks industry – which spent more than $1m in an advertising campaign against the move – arguing that the law restricts consumer freedom.

And the issue points to a wider debate about food safety and regulation.

The powerful food lobby – made up of more than 50 food and beverage groups – has spent more than $175m lobbying since Barack Obama, the US president, took office in 2009.

One of its principal targets is to prevent a California law coming into force that would force labeling on products made with genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs. That is despite concerns over the safety of GMO products.

Among the key findings in the report GMO Myths and Truths co-authored by genetic engineers and released in June are:

  • genetic manipulation has not been proven safe in the long-term
  • genetically-modified seeds can produce toxins or allergens in the food itself
  • animal feeding trials have shown disturbances in liver and kidney function, and in immune responses
  • most GM crops are engineered to incorporate either herbicides or pesticides into a plant’s DNA
  • one heavily-used pesticide – Monsanto’s Roundup – was found to cause birth defects, reproductive and neurological problems, cancer and even damage to DNA
  • In the 1990s, the meat, dairy and agricultural industries pushed a series of “food disparagement laws” through some state legislatures – 13 states have some form of these so-called “veggie libel laws” – making it easier to sue people and groups who criticise food products.

    Critics say the laws actually lowered previously existing legal standards for malice and falsehood. In some states, it is illegal to even photograph corporate farms.

    On Tuesday a new report is expected to paint a bleak picture of obesity rates in the US.

    Earlier Al Jazeera asked John Banzhaf, a public interest lawyer who in recent has been focusing on the food industry’s role in the nation’s obesity, why he believes using the law was the correct strategy to combat public health problems.

    Among other things, he said: “All the conventional remedies aren’t working, education isn’t working… We litigate until the legislators begin to legislate… The US agribusinesses, food corporations and regulatory bodies are all too incestuous…

    “All too often our agencies and also our foundations are more interested in getting the co-operation and cuddling up, for example, with the manufacturers of soft drinks rather than simply imposing restrictions on them.”

    In this episode Inside Story Americas asks: Will regulation help improve our eating habits?

    Joining presenter Shihab Rattansi to discuss this are guests: Tom Philpott, the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones magazine; Per Pinstrup-Andersen, a professor of food nutrition and public policy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and the former president of the American Agricultural Economics Association; and Adam Eidinger, a spokesperson for the Occupy Monsanto movement, a group campaigning for labelling of food products containing GMO.



    “We need to do everything we can to stop the growth in obesity and chronic diseases in the US…right now one-third of the US population is overweight, another third is obese and the last third will become obese if we don’t do something.”

    – Per Pinstrup-Andersen, a professor of food nutrition and public policy



    “A better angle would be to tax sugar inserters and to do that in a fairer way is to tax sugar and then take the proceeds and invest them in expanding access to healthy foods in low-income areas.”

    – Tom Philpott, a food and agriculture blogger



    “We are the only country that believes that GMOs are both substantially equivalent and at the same time unique enough to patent, and that was a policy that put in place by the industry. It’s a monopoly and the government is doing the bidding of this monopoly. It’s time to break it up.”

    – Adam Eidinger, an ‘Occupy Monsanto’ spokesperson



    HEALTH PROBLEMS LINKED TO SUGARY FOODS:

  • There is plenty of evidence that eating sugary foods contributes to high rates of obesity. But a recent series of studies have also linked sugar intake to Alzheimer’s.
  • Scientists believe that Alzheimer’s is largely caused by the brain becoming resistant to insulin.
  • Recent research suggests excess sugar consumption leads to insulin resistance.
  • In addition to other functions, insulin regulates the neurotransmitters crucial for memory and learning.
  • It is also important for the function and growth of blood vessels which supply the brain with oxygen and glucose.


  • SOURCE: Al Jazeera English


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