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Posted: September 17th, 2012 | Filed under: Photos, Press | Tags: Activism, Demonstration, Genetics Crimes Unit, gmo, Mason, Melissa Chapman, MI, Michigan, Occupy Monsanto, Protest |
Paul Henderson, Lansing State Journal
10:52 PM, Sep 17, 2012
MASON — Melissa Chapman of St. Clair dressed in a biochemical hazard suit had a simple message.
“We want to protect people,” Chapman said.
Chapman and 20 others protested in front of the Monsanto company as part of a nationwide movement called “Occupy Monsanto” Monday afternoon.
“We are basically here protesting the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms),” Chapman said.
According to Monsanto’s website, the worldwide company’s purpose is to work alongside farmers by selling seeds, developing traits through biotechnology and crop protection chemicals. In 1982, Monsanto’s scientists were the first to genetically modify a plant cell.
Chapman, who is involved with the Occupy Monsanto Genetics Crimes Unit, said she would like to see labels on products that use GMOs.
“What we figure is that if it is labeled, people won’t buy it,” Chapman said.
Source: Paul Henderson, Lansing State Journal
Posted: September 17th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos | Tags: Activism, Decontamination Event, Demonstration, Genetics Crimes Unit, gmo, GMO Labeling, Mason, MI, Michigan, Occupy Monsanto, Protest |
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 🙂