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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.




“OMGGMO” by Sweet Snacks – Music Video by the Northampton Genetic Crimes Unit

Posted: November 5th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On September 16, 2012, the Northampton Genetic Crimes Unit staged a Decontamination Event in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. They were able to track down the elusive Frank N. Corn and while doing so they made this awesome music video.

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INCIDENT REPORT: GCU Field Agents in Tokyo, Japan

Posted: September 26th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |


2012年9月18日(火)、STOP TPP!!官邸前アクション★オキュパイモンサントスペシャルにご参加いただきありがとうございました。
銀座では約150名、官邸前では約400名の参加者がありました。
メディアも通常よりは多く、各所にて報じられています(下記参照)。

日本モンサント社は、私たちが作成した意見書の受け取り自体を拒否しました。人っこ一人出てこず、インターホンごしで「そのようなものは受け取る必要はない」といわれました。あきれたものです。
また官邸前ではいつもに増して様々なアクションをしました。スピーチ、ラップ、映画『モンサントの不自然な食べ物』予告編上映、海外アクションを映像を交え紹介、そして演劇は大好評でした。
今後も、日本国内外における遺伝子組み換え植物の栽培に反対の意思表示を続け、またTPPによる遺伝子組み換え表示撤廃要求が、人々の選択肢を奪う不当なものであることを訴えていく所存です。
意見書はこちらをクリックしてください。

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【新聞】
●日本農業新聞
http://www.agrinews.co.jp/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=16724

●しんぶん赤旗
http://www.jcp.or.jp/akahata/aik12/2012-09-19/2012091901_02_1.html

【ウェブジャーナル・ウェブニュース】
●田中龍作ジャーナル
http://tanakaryusaku.jp/2012/09/0005104

●レイバーネット
http://www.labornetjp.org/news/2012/monsantjapan

●8bitNews(演劇「モンサントポリスを日本に入れてはいけない!」のみ)
http://8bitnews.asia/wp/?p=3927#.UFlT6rIaPJa

【動画配信】
●岩上安身さんのIWJ
http://iwj.co.jp/wj/open/archives/31343

★IWJ視聴者のツイートまとめ
http://togetter.com/li/375637

●Ourplanet TV
http://www.ourplanet-tv.org/?q=node/1442

●8bitNews
演劇「モンサントポリスを日本に入れてはいけない!」のみ
http://8bitnews.asia/wp/?p=3927#.UFlT6rIaPJa
「TPP反対ソング@ストップTPP官邸前アクション9/18」

http://8bitnews.asia/wp/?p=3986#.UF7ncY3N9EM

●個人参加の方の動画
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25500049
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25500079

【その他】
●スピーチをした印鑰さんのブログ
http://blog.rederio.jp/archives/1130

●日本共産党・吉良よしこさんのブログ
http://yossikira.blog22.fc2.com/blog-entry-554.html


●主催:STOP TPP! 官邸前アクション実行委員会
 http://notpp.jp/TPP_kantei.html
 Twitter: @TPP_kantei


Source: STOP TPP!, Youtube

Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 2 – “Ma’am, Please Don’t Take Off Your Shirt in the Parking Lot”

Posted: September 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
01shopCrop Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 2   “Ma’am, Please Don’t Take Off Your Shirt in the Parking Lot” Whole Foods Market Street Theater STL St. Louis solicitation signs Shoppers Protest Police Picket organic Occupy Monsanto National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millions Against Monsanto Millennium Hotel manager International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms GMO Free Midwest GMO Free GMO Labeling gmo Free Speech Free expression Eric Herm Demonstration Costume Cashier Brentwood Boycott
Activist ties up the checkout line at Whole Foods by asking the clerk whether each of the items in her cart contain GMOs. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 2

“Ma’am, Please Don’t Take Off
Your Shirt in the Parking Lot”

by Don Fitz

Several dozen people at GMO-Free Midwest, the St. Louis portion of Occupy Monsanto, went from picketing the industry-sponsored “Biosafety” symposium at the Millennium Hotel to Whole Foods Market (WFM) in Brentwood, Missouri. It was September 17, 2012, the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Safe food activists began a series of tactics which built on previous demonstrations and caught store management and local police completely off guard.

June 9 had seen a creative picket of WFM, including a 14 foot tall coyote puppet opposed to putting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The picket provided an opportunity to talk with WFM workers who have been led to believe that the store does not sell GMOs. A few shoppers joined the picket upon learning that WFM brags that it labels GMO food when it only labels non-GMO food, leaving customers uninformed about potentially contaminated products.

On August 18 a new tactic challenged WFM. WFM aggressively censors “soliciting” which it says includes telling customers of dangers that GMOs poses to health and the environment. So, we went into its parking lot with signs on top of cars saying “GMOs Contaminate Food” on one side and “WFM Sells GMOs” on the other. Other cars had the same message on window signs or on home-made bumper stickers.

Police told drivers that they could not enter the parking lot with “protest signs” on their cars. But they were hard pressed to explain what was and what was not a protest sign. They were particularly befuddled at trying to figure out if they should order the removal of bumper stickers, since so many cars at WFM have safe food slogans on them. As we discussed what constitutes a protest message, other drivers came in, parked, and let their cars with signs on top remain throughout the afternoon.

02carSign Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 2   “Ma’am, Please Don’t Take Off Your Shirt in the Parking Lot” Whole Foods Market Street Theater STL St. Louis solicitation signs Shoppers Protest Police Picket organic Occupy Monsanto National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millions Against Monsanto Millennium Hotel manager International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms GMO Free Midwest GMO Free GMO Labeling gmo Free Speech Free expression Eric Herm Demonstration Costume Cashier Brentwood Boycott
Eric Herm, anti-GMO cotton farmer from Texas, stands by car sign in Whole Foods parking lot. Photo: Petermann/GJEP

A new level of action

On September 17, participants from GMO-Free Midwest took activities at WFM to a higher level. A few carried signs on the sidewalk. But most walked to the front of the store.

“If you are here to protest, you need to go to the sidewalk,” the police motioned. I buttoned up my jacket over my “Genetic Engineering — Don’t Swallow It” T-shirt and walked through the police. Since we didn’t appear different from the typical WFM customer, others did the same.

Some said, “I just came here to pick up a few items” as they walked by the police, who were again unsure of what to do.

Apparently warned that we would be there, WFM staff could be heard saying “What’s happening? They’re all coming in to shop.” Safe food activist wandered through the store looking at labels carefully. They did not put items in their carts if they read, “GMO-free,” “organic,” or “365,” which is the WFM house brand.

As shoppers went through the check-out line, they picked up each item and asked the cashier if it had GMOs in it. If so, it went in the “don’t buy” pile. Cashiers often weren’t sure; and that meant it also went in the “don’t buy” pile. One cashier claimed that everything WFM sold was GMO-free, which led to each item in turn being put aside by a disbelieving shopper.

Mindful of the bad working conditions at WFM, shoppers took the opportunity to explain our concerns to every employee. And there is no better opportunity to discuss potential food contamination than doing so with a customer waiting behind you in line. WFM is particularly vulnerable to such a tactic because the vast majority of its customers are concerned about food quality, but most think that store products are GMO-free.

From chatting with us, customers found out that, though WFM products cost more than those at other grocery stores, they are very likely to contain GMOs. With a bad rep for extreme anti-unionism and buying out competitors in order to destroy them, WFM is also resented for reversing its former opposition to GMO foods. It now babbles about “informed customer choices” but fails to inform customers by labeling food that might have GMOs.

03superBug Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 2   “Ma’am, Please Don’t Take Off Your Shirt in the Parking Lot” Whole Foods Market Street Theater STL St. Louis solicitation signs Shoppers Protest Police Picket organic Occupy Monsanto National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millions Against Monsanto Millennium Hotel manager International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms GMO Free Midwest GMO Free GMO Labeling gmo Free Speech Free expression Eric Herm Demonstration Costume Cashier Brentwood Boycott
A “superbug,” caused by consumption of GMO crops, argues with a police officer outside of Whole Foods. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

From Shop-In to Talk-In

Many safe food shoppers asked for the manager to come and verify whether food in their cart was GMO-free. At one point, a frazzled manager began grabbing handfuls of food and pushing it aside, saying “Yes, all this food has GMOs.” The manager seemed obsessed with keeping the check-out lane flowing as rapidly as possible.

Managerial distress was caused by two dictums: WFM policy says that every customer question must be answered; and, WFM also says that shopping must be a “pleasant experience.” But the shopping experience might be made unpleasant either by a slowed check-out line or by customers watching someone being hassled by police for the crime of asking if food quality is compromised. This particular manager decided that pleasant shopping would best be maintained by confirming that a large amount of WFM items might be contaminated with GMOs.

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) had told us that WFM could order us to leave and those who refused could be arrested. But it would have been impossible for WFM to determine who constituted “us.” WFM could have brought police from inside to harass those they thought were “protestors.” But doing so would run the risk of intimidating everyday customers who go to WFM concerned with the quality of food and happen to ask a question or two about what they are buying. Its liberal façade again makes WFM more vulnerable to a shop-in than any other supermarket chain.

Our friendly shoppers left the store with a single purchased item, confirming that they were, in fact, WFM customers. Others asked what all the commotion was about and what we were trying to accomplish. Some asked if they should boycott WFM. We explained that they could help lay the groundwork for a future boycott by telling everyone they knew about the true face of WFM.

The WFM ban on “solicitation” had been broken in store aisles, in check-out lines, and at the store entrance. Unable to distinguish “protesters” from “legitimate” customers, neither WFM management nor Brentwood police could stop people from asking “Why should we be concerned about what we buy at WFM?” Getting people to ask that question was the point of the action.

04GMOfarmCrop Occupy Monsanto in St. Louis: Action 2   “Ma’am, Please Don’t Take Off Your Shirt in the Parking Lot” Whole Foods Market Street Theater STL St. Louis solicitation signs Shoppers Protest Police Picket organic Occupy Monsanto National Lawyers Guild MO Missouri Millions Against Monsanto Millennium Hotel manager International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms GMO Free Midwest GMO Free GMO Labeling gmo Free Speech Free expression Eric Herm Demonstration Costume Cashier Brentwood Boycott
GMO farmer dressed for duty outside of Whole Foods. Photo: Langelle/GJEP

From Talk-In to Gawk-In

A stiff foam-board sign with holes for zip-ties can be fastened with bungy cords to the top of a car in 10–15 seconds by people who have practiced doing it. As cops and store managers were trying to figure out if they could do anything about the growing number of GMO conversations among customers, two people fastened a six foot long sign saying that “WFM Sells GMOs” atop a station wagon. By the time the cops figured out what had happened, the two were long gone.

Cops walked over and asked the people looking at the car who owned it; but they just shrugged their shoulders. Most picketers left their sidewalk location to see what the cops were doing. Friendly shoppers walked toward the car. Customers drifted over to hear everyone asking about why police were concerned with a car that had a sign on its hood.

There’s few things that people gawk at more than cops looking at something while a small crowd looks at the cops. Barbara Chicherio asked what bothered them. “Protest signs need to be on the sidewalk and not on cars,” a cop huffed.

Barbara talked through the car signs – window signs – bumper sticker questions concerning which needed to be removed as the cop scowled. Remembering that she was wearing a “Millions Against Monsanto” T-shirt, she had a flash: “Officer,” she asked, “If everything critical of Whole Foods and Monsanto is a protest sign, do I have to take off this T-shirt?”

“Ma’am, please do not take off your T-shirt in the parking lot!” The crowd laughed and even the cop chuckled. The absurdity of trying to wrestle through the twists and turns of exactly what type of free expression WFM could suppress was too much.

It had become clear that effects of the police presence had turned into their opposite. Intended to be soft-core harassers, the police were less than totally dedicated to protecting WFM customers from the horror of people asking about food contamination. As they drew a larger crowd, the show of police force served to increase discussion about WFM, thereby furthering goals of the action.

Many of the tactics used on September 17 had been worked out weeks before. Others arose as the event unfolded. Throughout the WFM action, neither store management nor police had any idea of what to expect next or how they should respond.

Within half an hour of the mini-confrontation in the parking lot, the police gave up efforts to get the sign off the car and walked off. Soon the crowd drifted away but the sign remained until the end of the action. Having reached over 10 times as many WFM workers and customers as all previous efforts combined, safe food shoppers boarded a bus and cars headed for their final destination of the day: Monsanto World Headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri.


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

INCIDENT REPORT: Genetic Contamination Found in Northampton, MA

Posted: September 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2012

GCU Media Liaison: Anne Quinn, 831.247.9127
GCU_Northampton@occupy-monsanto.com

Genetic Contamination Found in Northampton

Occupy Monsanto: a Global Week of Action

NORTHAMPTON, MA – On Sunday September 16, field agents with the Genetic Crimes Unit (GCU) of Occupy Monsanto equipped with bio-hazmat suits, swept the downtown area for ‘biohazards released by biotechnology giant, Monsanto. GCU agents, in search of “Frankencorn,” interviewed bystanders to ascertain the genetic contamination of their most recent meal.

The GCU is responding to local concerns about the health impacts of genetically modified (GM) foods. “In the Pioneer Valley we are lucky to be able to buy fresh local food from our farmers’ markets and food co-ops. But with the unregulated and unlabeled distribution of Genetically Modified Organisms in fields and food products, there’s no way to guarantee the integrity of our food unless we get vocal and demand labeling of GMOs,” said concerned local resident, Martin Dagoberto.

According to their literature, the GCU opposes the continued genetic contamination of the organic food supply, Monsanto’s bid to increase spraying of crops with toxic weed killers like 2,4 D (the main ingredient in Agent Orange) and the health risks associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As highlighted during this year’s Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) Summer Conference at UMASS Amherst, there are numerous studies linking GM foods with infertility, immune problems, faulty insulin regulation, changes in organ function and other impacts.

While surveying for genetic contamination, agents spotted the rogue creature known as “Frankencorn,” described on “wanted posters” as a “dangerous accomplice of Monsanto and the FDA, wanted for possession and distribution of the Bt pesticide toxin, now found in the blood of 93% of pregnant women.” Frankencorn was later apprehended by the GCU and labeled as a Genetically Modified Organism.

“It’s absurd that the US government refuses to require safety-testing or labeling for genetically engineered foods. We wanted to do something absurd to parallel this absurdity. We have a right to know what’s in our food,” said GCU Field Agent Anne Quinn.

The action was part of a series of international actions against Monsanto, which officially starts on September 17, the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. More information can be found at Occupy-Monsanto.com.

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