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Thousands Expected To March

Against Monsanto In Tempe

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Thousands marched and protested against Monsanto and GMOs.

The Third Annual Protest Of The Agrichemical Company — And World’s Largest Seed Supplier — Will Be Held In And Around Downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue District Saturday Morning

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 22, 2014 — Thousands of Arizona residents are expected in downtown Tempe Saturday morning to take part in a globally organized action against multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto.

Tempe Farmers Market, 805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, will be the rally point for the day’s activities and speakers and a resident’s market will begin at 9 a.m. A march east down University Drive, then north up Mill Avenue will begin at 10 a.m.

This will be the third year that global marches against the Monsanto will be held. The Arizona event is sponsored by GMO Free Arizona and others.

The millions of activists around the world are calling for the permanent boycott of genetically modified organisms and other agro-chemicals. Marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries, and with events in over 400 cities. In the United States, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states. A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at www.march-against-monsanto.com.

Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto, was initially inspired to spark the movement due to the threats she feels Monsanto brings to the world, and more specifically, her children.

“Monsanto’s predatory business and corporate agricultural practices threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. MAM supports a sustainable food production system. We must act now to stop GMOs and harmful pesticides,” Canal said in a statement promoting the event.

Monsanto manufacturers the herbicide Roundup and is the world’s foremost seed supplier. The company has also been at the forefront of creating and marketing genetically engineered crops. Its first genetically engineered crop — a Roundup-ready soybean in 1994 — was in the market two years after a company it eventually bought, Calgene, brought the first genetically engineered plant to market.

Recently, the company has come under fire for coating their seeds in a type of pesticide that is leading to the decline of honeybees throughout the world. According to a study issued on May 9 by the Harvard School of Public Health, two widely used insecticides which use neonicotinoids as their active ingredient significantly harm honey bee colonies over the winter.

Monsanto and other agrichemical companies, including DuPont, Syngenta AG, and Bayer AG, say the bees are being killed by other factors, such as mites. Bayer and Syngenta make the pesticides while Monsanto and DuPont have used them as coatings for the seed they sell.

According to materials provided by March Against Monsanto, the work Monsanto has done on making genetically modified crops — which are primarily modified to include pesticides within them — is a health hazard.

“GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced for human or animal consumption. In the USA, the revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led to key Monsanto figures occupying positions of power at the FDA and EPA. Monsanto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obstruct all labeling attempts; they also suppress any research containing results not in their favor,” according to a statement by March on Monsanto.

The march and the preceding rally are family event, and parents are encouraged to dress their youngsters up as ladybugs, bees with wings and antennae. Hazardous materials suits, gas masks, beekeeper suits, and gardener attire is encouraged. Also bring your non-GMO signs.

The official March Against Monsanto website is http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/ and the official Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/arizonagmofreezone. Also visit https://www.facebook.com/events/500280013363081/ for additional information.
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