Global march challenges Monsanto’s dominance: LIVE UPDATES Get short URL Published time: May 25, 2013 03:06 Edited time: May 25, 2013 10:04
Global march challenges Monsanto‘s dominance: LIVE UPDATES
Published time: May 25, 2013 03:06
Edited time: May 25, 2013 10:04
The March Against Monsanto will see hundreds of thousands in 40 countries unite to challenge biotechnology corporations and protest against genetically modified foods, which despite bans in some countries due to health hazards remain legal in many others.
9:00 GMT: Anti-Monsanto activists are claiming a mainstream media blackout on coverage of the protest marches.
8:20 GMT: Anti-Monsanto campaigners across the UK will march as part of a global day of protest against the GMO giant. Rallies are set to take place in London, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, Douglas, Torquay and Nottingham.
6:50 GMT: Sarah Saunders, an organizer of the event, said she was leading the march to “help protect the future health and food supply for my children. The long term health effects of GMOs are up for debate and I would rather my children not be science experiments.”
6:20 GMT: Hundreds gathered in Brisbane, Australia, to join the global protest against Monsanto.
5:40 GMT: Pictures from Melbourne, Australia, show crowds continuing their protest against Monsanto’s practices.
4:21 GMT: Over 1,000 protesters gathered in Melbourne.
3:37 GMT: Activists gearing up for a protest in Albany, Australia.
3:00 GMT: Watch RT’s Anastasia Churkina report on the upcoming global protest.
2:44 GMT: Activists begin gathering for Sydney protest hours before the scheduled time.
2:14 GMT: Nick Bernabe, a social media director for March Against Monsanto, told RT that in some parts of the world, Monsanto’s tactics are leading farmers to suicide.
“If you look at what happened in India… I mean there was an epidemic of suicides of the farmers,” Bernabe said. “Monsanto sold them a kind of seed that they promised would do a certain thing and then those seeds didn’t perform how they were supposed to. And it drove a lot of those Indian farmers into sheer poverty – and they ended up committing suicide by the hundreds and thousands even.”
Meanwhile in the United States, Monsanto is known for litigating small farmers out of business, Bernabe added.
“There are a lot of small farmers they are putting out business because they have a genetic migration into crops that were not supposed to be GMO, but they are getting cross-pollinated,” he explained. “And then Monsanto comes in, they use their government cronies to go in and shut down small farmers because the genetics from the seeds they’ve patented have slowly crept into the genetics of non-GMO seeds.”
Bernabe says that activists “want to spread awareness and we want to start from the ground up.”
“The easiest thing you can do to know what’s in your food is to grow your own food,” he said. “We start there. At the very top we want labeling and a ban, but I think we should work from the ground up to have the best results.”
2:20 GMT: Hundreds of people gathered for an event in Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia.
1:36 GMT: On the eve of the global protest against GMO, the US Senate overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to decide if genetically modified food products should be labeled.
Since the FDA has not made scientific conclusions, the opponents of the measure argued, GMOs should not be labeled.
“I believe we must rely on the FDA’s science-based examination before we make conclusions about food ingredients derived from genetically modified foods,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who chairs the Agriculture Committee.
1:00 GMT: We are beginning our extensive coverage of the global protest organized by the ‘March Against Monsanto’ movement. An estimated 200,000 activists are expected participate in the massive campaign spanning six continents, 40 nations, and at least 48 US states.