(Nutritional Anarchy) This Saturday, the third annual March Against Monsanto will be taking place in cities around the globe as people exercise their right to free speech and clean, organic food and really just simply to know what exactly it is they are eating and what effects that food has on their health.
Via the official March Against Monsanto website:
Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products. Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup. Monsanto’s GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world’s bee population.
Sounds pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? People are exercising their rights to protest corruption and cover ups of health dangers for products that, in some countries like here in America, we aren’t even told on the food packages whether or not we are eating.
Most recently, Monsanto was pretty hacked off when the World Health Organization (WHO) came out to say that the key ingredient glyphosate in the company’s best-selling herbicide Roundup likely causes cancer, something independent, buried research studies have been proving left and right for years now.
The bottom line here is that people have a right not to eat poison, genetically modified or not.
One organization, however, is promoting a march against the March Against Monsanto called the “March Against Myths About Modification” (Facebook page here).
The Genetic Literacy Project has called people to action:
For the last two years, protestors have marched under the banner of the March Against Monsanto (MAM) in coordinated demonstrations around the world in opposition to genetically engineered crops, the companies that make them or market them, and governments that approve their sale. Thousands of people have participated. While many protestors may have good intentions, hoping to improve the food system, the organizers of the March Against Monsanto and many prominent NGOs that promote this event often misrepresent biotechnology and farming.
(It’s actually millions of people who have marched against Monsanto, not thousands, just by the way.)
Our first thoughts? Who is paying these people.
The site declares: “It’s time to take back the science; it’s time to march against the March Against Monsanto.”
Take back the science, huh? Seems like a half-statement at best considering Monsanto has already bought so much of the science to begin with.
Case in point: Jon Entine, Executive Director for the Genetic Literacy Project website has a pretty lengthy, detailed bio on the website Propagandists.org (tagline “controlling the truth”).
Apparently Mr. Entine is also co-founder of E.S.G. Metrics, an organization “which advises business and NGOs on Environmental, Social, and Governance issues, including sustainability and executive leadership.” Entine’s clients don’t just include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and private equity firm and Bilderberg star KKR, but… you probably already guessed it… Monsanto.
The site also goes on to say, “Entine knowingly and repeatedly publishes false and fictitious information in mainstream publications including Forbes.com, and his posts are often retracted after being challenged on their lack of factual basis. His actions against targeted individuals or companies are systematically abusive and resemble ‘revenge journalism’. Entine takes a ‘hit man’ approach to single out individuals – especially critics of GMOs – for accusations and abuse, often calling them names or implying they are sociopaths or a danger to society.”
Sounds like fun.
So of course a website where the executive director is basically on the Monsanto payroll would be promoting a march against a march against one of his top clients.
If millions of us weren’t so busy marching against Monsanto in at least 427 locations in some 50 countries across the globe on Saturday, perhaps we’d consider marching against the march against the march against it.
By the way, does it floor anyone we live in a time where a giant corporation has brought such vast distress and suffering upon the world that millions of people all over the planet would stand up together in solidarity on a single day to speak out against it?
In the meantime, if you aren’t busy Saturday and you’re sick and tired of our food making people sick and tired, or you just want to stand up for the right to know what’s in our food in general (again, especially here in America where we do not have any labeling laws that require genetically modified organisms to be specified on our food packages), check out the worldwide Monsanto protest going on this Saturday in a city near you