Worldwide protest against chemical giant
• Bring your kids, your dogs, your friends and your family. Bring your signs, your art, your costumes, your passion and your voices. Along with the march in Vancouver, there will be guest speakers, music, performers, artists… all ending with a special community building closing ceremony.
Along with the march, there will be guest speakers, music, performers, artists…all ending with a special community building closing ceremony.
Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totalling events in over 250 cities. In the US, events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11AM Pacific in 47 states.
Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral Facebook page, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”
An organizer for the march in Athens, Greece, Roberta Gogos, spoke about the importance of the events in austerity-impacted South Europe. “Monsanto is working very hard to overturn EU regulation on obligatory labelling (questionable whether it’s really enforced in any case), and no doubt they will have their way in the end. Greece is in a precarious position right now and Greece’s farmers falling prey to the petrochemical giant is a very real possibility.”
Josh Castro, organizer for Quito, says he wants to protect Ecuador against Monsanto’s influence, too. “Ecuador is such a beautiful place, with the richest biodiversity in the world. We will not allow this Garden of Eden to be compromised by evil multinational corporations like Monsanto. Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger. Agroecology is.”
Partners facilitating the organizing of March Against Monsanto include The Anti-Media, Activists’ Free Press A Revolt – Digital Anarchy and Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance. Major sponsors include GMO Free USA, NationofChange and Films for Action.