North Floridians ‘March Against Monsanto’

Locals join worldwide protest, wanting to know what's in their food

Written by Trish MichaelsLeave a Comment

March Against Monsanta 2014The 2014 ‘March Against Monsanto’ is Saturday, May 24.  North Floridians will gather at 11am in the same two locations as 2013:  Memorial Park in Riverside and the St. Johns Town Center.  Details here.

Protestors say this event is “a global call to action aimed at informing the public, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically modified foods and demanding that GMO products be labeled so consumers can make informed decisions.”

Local protestors will join hundreds of thousands of global protestors organizing on 6 continents, in 36 countries and more than 250 cities. All US events are scheduled to occur simultaneously.  Find a march near you.

Local March Against Monsanto gatherings are being coordinated on FaceBook Event Page.  If you’re not on FaceBook – no need to RSVP – just show up.

March Against Monsanto Jacksonville march route1.  Downtown Jacksonville & Riverside. This group will gather at Memorial Park in Riverside at 11am.

2.  Southside Jacksonville.  This group will gather at the Publix at St. Johns Town Center at 11am.

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Organizers call for a peaceful march committed to nonviolence

  • All participants in events and protest sponsored by the March Against Monsanto campaign are expected to share this commitment to nonviolence and nonviolent action. While nonviolence is defined in different ways by different people in different contexts, and while there exists the need to continue discussion and debate on how nonviolence and nonviolent action is conceived, The March Against Monsanto campaign is adopting the following principles for this particular campaign.
  • We will act with love, openness, compassion, and respect toward all who we encounter and their surroundings. We will not be violent in our actions, words, or otherwise –toward any person or property
  • We will act fairly and honestly with people regardless of the situation or the role they play.
  • We will remain calm and aware at all times.
  • We will prepare ourselves before we act, and will recognize our opposition is to a system of greed and economic exploitation, not to individual members of the system.
  • We will keep a clear state of mind, refraining from the use of drugs or alcohol, other than for medical purposes and we will not bring any illegal drugs or alcohol to any March Against Monsanto events.
  • We will carry no weapons.
  • We will seek dialogue with those who may disagree with us and maintain a spirit of openness, friendliness and respect towards all with whom we engage.
  • We will gather and act in a manner that reflects the world we choose to create.
  • Please remember this event is a family event. There will be many children, elderly, and some who may have physical disabilities. Please be courteous and respectful to those who need more attention. Parents please be aware of your children at all times and keep them away from streets.

March Against Monsanto bannerThe official statement from march organizers:

We are marching for the right to know what’s in our food! Countries worldwide have strong labeling requirements that tell consumers which foods contain genetically modified organisms.  The US does not require GMO food labeling.

Research studies show Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions including cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. In the US, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives.  We feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GM 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 genetically modified seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world’s bee population.

Solutions advocated by march organizers

  • Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
  • Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
  • Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”
  • Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
  • Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
  • Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets.
  • Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly.
  • We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.

 

 

 

By Trish Michaels

I’ve been gardening organically for 20+ years. I'm mostly vegetarian. I love cooking what I grow and creating recipes to incorporate whole grains, beans and seeds. In my Jacksonville home, I lower my carbon footprint with solar power, rainwater harvesting, composting, waste reduction, etc. I'm eager to do more! I launched Sustainable North Florida in 2012 as a way to donate my digital marketing skills to help promote the many sustainable events and people greening our community - and to connect with other locals who share my passion for protecting natural resources, eating healthy and living green. My vision is a more sustainable community that lovingly supports one another with knowledge and resources. Jacksonville is a great place to call home!

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