The March Against Monsanto took place late May in over 400 cities worldwide. As many as a million people are estimated to have joined in the march and other anti-Monsanto protests taking place over 52 countries and 47 US states. Hundreds of postings on the MAM Facebook page reveal the scale of global anger at Monsanto, with photos of huge demos in Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Ecuador, Australia, Germany, Ghana, India and dozens of cities across the US.
“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”, said Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto.
Protestors were angered at many aspects of Monsanto’s operations, but mainly the company’s aggressive promotion and deployment of genetically modified (GM) seeds for food crops. Monsanto opponents also accuse the company of monopolistic practices as it buys up seed companies around the world, reducing the seed choices available to farmers and cultivators, and often forcing farmers to purchase GMO seeds which in turn rely on herbicide applications. Anger is also growing at the company’s vigorous legal pursuit of farmers accidentally growing Monsanto GMO seed – even when their fields have been contaminated by neighbouring farms and the farmers being sued derive no advantage from the Monsanto seed.
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