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GMO Free Movement Takes On Monsanto for the Fourth Time
March Against Monsanto – Laguna Beach Marches Again on May 23, 2015
ORANGE COUNTY, CA (May 16, 2015) – GMO Free Orange County announced they will once again be participating in the worldwide March Against Monsanto on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Laguna Beach. Described as a “family event,” residents from LA, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties are invited to bring their signs and join them as they create awareness around Monsanto’s one hundred year legacy of producing and distributing dangerous chemicals and now genetically modified organisms within our food supply.
Currently, marches are scheduled to occur on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in over 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states. A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at http://www.march-against-monsanto.com
“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,” says Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto (MAM) as she speaks about her two daughters that inspired her to protect them.
GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced for human or animal consumption. In the USA, the revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led to key Monsanto figures occupying positions of power at the FDA and EPA. Monsanto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obstruct all labeling attempts; they also suppress any research containing results not in their favor.
The scientifically established health risks include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility, infant mortality, birth defects, auto-immune conditions, allergies and increased cancer risks. GMOs have been partially banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South America, Russia, France, Switzerland and Costa Rico, and are currently labeled in 62 countries. Despite this, factory farm animals throughout the world are still fed GMOs.
GMO Free Orange County has been actively participating in action to counter the corporate stronghold that Monsanto and other bio-tech companies have on the US Government. In February, 2014 the group waged a three day campaign against the Grocery Manufacturers Association that had gathered in Dana Point to discuss how to litigate against GMO labeling laws being passed by local communities and states.
This years March Against Monsanto’s speakers include Brett Wilcox, author of “We’re Monsanto: Feeding the World Lie After Lie,” Part I and Part II, Peter Matthews, author of “Dollar Democracy:With Liberty and Justice for Some: How to Reclaim the American Dream For All”, Tracy Madlener community activist, “Creating A Toxic Free Community” and D’Marie Mulattieri, organizer, speaker, activist on “How Free Trade Agreements Will Affect Our Food Supply and Other Freedoms.”
Many of the volunteers involved in March Against Monsanto were also involved in Prop 37, Right to Know ballot measure that was narrowly rejected during the 2012 election with Californians voting 48.6% YES and 51.4% NO. GMO Free Orange County points out that polling showed the proposition leading within a few weeks of the election until Monsanto dropped over 7 million dollars combined with an additional 22 million by other members of the GMA on misleading advertising.
Organizers of March Against Monsanto – Laguna Beach feel that demonstrations help educate unsuspecting consumers who might otherwise think their food is safe. Last year almost one thousand people joined in the march through Laguna Beach. Marchers will gather at the first cobblestone area of Main Beach (near Greeter’s Corner Restaurant) beginning at 10:30 AM with the march starting promptly at 11:00 AM next Saturday, May 23rd. For more information please visit www.mam-lb.com or visit their Facebook event page at http://bit.ly/MAM-LB-May23
GMO Free Orange County is a coalition of grassroots volunteers with a mission to educate food consumers as to the dangers of genetically engineered foods, agri-chemicals and unsustainable industrial farming. Our goal is a healthy and sustainable food supply. More info at http://www.mam-lb.com
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