This is a Call to Action for a Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere
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We arrived around 10 a.m. In the end, we were 13 in total. The cops came by a few times and just asked us to stay behind the white road line and not impede traffic. We got a number of positive thumbs up and enthusiastic beeps from people driving by, along with a few middle fingers! Even the employees leaving the facility for lunch gave us thumbs up!
There was an older woman visiting from CA who was very passionate and who is heavily involved in the passing of Prop 37 there. She knew her stuff and was great to talk with. There was also a woman my age who was an organic farmer in Fowlersville. He dad is 82 years old and is a “monsanto farmer!” She is dubbed as the black sheep of the family. I learned a lot from her!
Lastly, there was Bob, who had been involved in protests since Wallace in 1948. He didn’t know what GMOs were, but hopped on board and was a lovely addition to out little group 🙂
When I first arrived, I sat in the grass on the easement across from their front door…to give them time to notice me. 😉 I promptly saw people peering out of windows, and a gentleman who appeared to be security stood on a 2nd floor balcony and looked at me (I smiled and waved, but he didn’t wave back). Then I gathered my things together as the rain began to fall and starting walking the perimeter of the building, sign on my shoulder. A gentleman walking with two older ladies passed by and asked what I was doing. I briefly explained my stance, and he said “sure, they should at least let us know what we’re eating! Stand strong, girl!” and they continued to walk. A couple of passersby asked what I was about, and some studiously avoided eye contact (lol). A very pleasant young lady who worked in an adjacent building approached me, because she couldn’t read my sign from her window. She and I had a very enjoyable and educational discussion. She is apparently a researcher of some variety, so we discussed the various sides of the debates in regards to things like the vitamin A enriched “super rice” and environmental manipulation. Ultimately, on some things we agreed, and others we differed, but we agreed that everyone would benefit if agribusiness, lobbyists and concerned citizens could figure out how to come to the table and agree to transparency and honest communication.
About 50 protesters, on the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the “Occupy” movement, were in front of a Monsanto plant in Davis this morning, saying they want to shut down the local office of the multinational biotechnology company.
In March, protesters staged a similar protest. At that time, the Missouri-based company decided not to open its Davis office and did not make anyone available for comment.
Davis police were monitoring the situation about 7 a.m. today as protesters sat, stood and paced outside Monsanto. Demonstrators had one driveway to the Monsanto complex partially blocked with yellow caution tape.
Protesters carried signs that said “Occupy will bring Monsanto to its knees” and “Genetic Contamination is forever.” Some of the protesters wore costumes resembling hazardous material protective gear.
Steven Payan, representing Occupy Woodland, in a news release accused the company of “mass pollution to environment.”
Protesters said the effort is in conjunction with other “shut down” Monsanto demonstrations worldwide.
CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – Part of those occupy protests nationwide were aimed at St. Louis-based Monsanto, objecting to what organizers call the corporate food supply.
A few dozen demonstrators came to Monsanto’s international headquarters to protest Monsanto’s use of so called GMOs, genetically modified organisms.
The anti-Monsanto protestors started out at Whole Foods, angry that the organic food retailing giant also sells corn and other vegetables that are genetically modified.
Demonstrators were allowed to talk to customers. They were not allowed to carry signs or dress in costumes.
From there, they took their complaints to Creve Coeur and Monsanto world headquarters. They say most of Monsanto’s genetic tinkering, involves becoming resistant to bug killing chemicals.
“Mostly plants at this point by Monsanto are genetically engineered so that they’re resistant to their herbicides and pesticides, roundup,” said Barbara Chicherio with Safe Food Action-St. Louis. “So they’ve genetically engineered plants so they can spray the pesticide on it, which actually also has a lot of health concerns.”
“What Monsanto does is to corner the market on farming products and especially pressure farmers to buy GMO seeds and GMO seeds are something that can threaten human health, GMO seeds can be very bad for the environment, and GMO seeds can basically drive farmers into bankruptcy,” said Don Fitz with Gateway Green Alliance.
But while the protestors in front of Monsanto say genetically modified organisms are dangerous, Monsanto says they’re helping to feed the world.
No Monsanto spokesman would appear on camera. But the company did issue a statement:
“The 21,000 people who work for Monsanto are proud of our efforts to help improve farm productivity and food quality. Agriculture and its uses are important to Missouri, the United States and the world. Among the challenges facing agriculture are producing food for our growing population and reducing agriculture’s footprint on the environment. We respect each individual’s right to express their point of view on these topics. At Monsanto, we believe we can make a contribution to improving agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving natural resources such as water and energy.”
Other anti-Monsanto protests were held worldwide. But will protests like this alter the behavior of a multi-billion dollar bio-agricultural giant? Not likely.
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Millions of people worldwide hate St. Louis’s own Monsanto. I don’t mean dislike, I don’t mean disagree with, I mean hate. To activists worldwide Monsanto is somewhere between Al Qaeda and Satan himself in the pantheon of evil.
The reason is that Monsanto is the world’s leading purveyor of GMO’S. That stands for genetically modified organisims. The folks at Monsanto say their genetic engineering and gene splicing has produced corn and wheat and rice and vegetables that are resistant to drought and disease and insects. They say that will help feed tens of millions of starving people worldwide whose food supplies are held hostage to bad weather, insects and poor soil.
But Monsanto’s opponents say Monsanto is bad for two reasons: One, health & two, money.
They say the main thing Monsanto’s genetic modification is working on is to make crops resistant to damage from pesticides like Monsanto’s own Roundup. They say that leads to more pesticide spraying. They also say some genetically-altered foods like soybeans produce previously unknown allergic reactuiions in humans.
As to the money. Monsanto and other companies patent the crops they modify. So farmers can’t use those seeds without paying a fee. This leads, they say, to a genetic monopoly. Especially since the vast majority of both corn and wheat now grown in the United States is genetically modified.
Today protestors have been marching on Monsanto here in St. Louis and worldwide. In California voters will soon decide whether all genetically modified crops should be labeled. Monsanto, ironically, says geneticvally modified foods are completely safe, but they’ve spent over four million dollars so far in California to stop those foods from being labeled.
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