Thousands Plan To March
Against Monsanto In Arizona
More Than 4,000 Are Expected In Tempe, Along With 1,000 In Tucson As Well As Other Groupings In Flagstaff And Sierra Vista, To Decry The Policies Of The Long-Tenured Chemical Giant
Protestors march in downtown Tempe in May 2013. Image by Modern Times Magazine.
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
May 21, 2015 — Thousands of Arizona residents are expected in several cities throughout the state of Arizona Saturday morning to take part in globally-organized actions against multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto.
In Tempe, more than 4,000 are expected for the fourth annual event in that city. Once again, Tempe Farmers Market, 805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, will be the rally point for the day’s activities and speakers. This year, though, activities will begin at 8 a.m. A march east down University Drive, then north up Mill Avenue will begin at 11 a.m. Music, a free farmer’s market and other activities will also be available, including attractions for the kids. For a full listing of activities, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/
0B9udIIRVSZ3ldGVnaEM2SnJQUUE/view or view the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/
In Tucson, more than 1,200 are expected to gather at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, at 4 p.m. with a march heading to Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E. Seventh St., beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, visit the event webpage at https://www.facebook.com/events/
In Sierra Vista, an unknown number of citizens will gather at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/March
A gathering is also being organized in Flagstaff, although details on locations and more were unavailable at the time this article was published.
March Against Monsanto is a group opposed to work the chemical giant has done for decades, including Agent Orange in the 1960s, genetically modifying crops and producing herbicides like Roundup which recently have been declared a carcinogen and a likely contributor to declining bee populations.
“There’s no question that March Against Monsanto is the most powerful grassroots initiative we have in the fight to reclaim our food supply from the GMO seed juggernaut known as the Monsanto Company,” said Anthony Gucciardi, March Against Monsanto speaker. “With the new admission by the World Health Organization that Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup is causing cancer worldwide, now is the most important time to join the movement and take a stand.”
Monsanto denies these claims and has even joined the Honey Bee Health Coalition facilitated by The Keystone Center, which brings together beekeepers, growers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, conservation groups, manufacturers and brands, and other key partners to improve the health of honey bees and other pollinators.
Less than a month ago, however, nearly 30 groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club derided facts uncovered by the BBC that claimed researchers looking into Roundup were being harassed into dampening their finding on the harmful effects of the herbicide.
“On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we would like to express our deep concerns regarding a recent report that found U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists are being harassed and their work is being censored or suppressed, especially work related to neonicotinoid insecticides and glyphosate, a key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide,” according to the letter addressed to USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong. “We urge you to conduct a thorough investigation into this matter, make the investigation publicly available once it is complete and take necessary steps to ensure that the USDA maintains scientific integrity and does not interfere with the valuable work of its scientists by prohibiting political suppression and alteration, employing clear and enforceable procedures for conducting scientific misconduct, assuring transparency in the administration of policies and adopt strong protections for scientists who file misconduct complaints, participate in misconduct investigations or whose work faces interference.”
For more information, visit http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/events/, https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonstanto and http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045%2815%2970134-8/fulltext
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