March Against Monsanto
Canal first promoted the concept via Facebook on Feb 23rd, 2013. The group posted a message on their Facebook page that read:
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.
Currently in the US most corn, soybean and cotton are genetically modified crops. Critics say GMOs can lead to serious health problems and cause harm to the environment. Though the US government and many scientists say the technology is safe, health advocates have recently been pushing for mandatory GMO labeling.
MAM demonstrators waved signs that read Real Food 4 Real People
and Label GMOs, It’s Our Right to Know
, and urged supporters to buy only organic products
and to boycott Monsanto-owned companies. The Los Angeles MAM organizer explained, "We’re marching to raise awareness. This is not just a ‘boo Monsanto’ protest. We want more people to know so they can make their own decisions."
Protesters also took issue with the amount of influence Monsanto has in Washington, claiming the company has gone "too far". Former Monsanto employees hold top positions in the US food safety agencies FDA and the USDA, leading to claims that the "fox is guarding the hen house".
Although 90% of Americans favor GMO labeling, attempts to require labeling have been unsuccessful.
Two days before the group held their protest, the U.S. Senate
rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
And here is their Facebook link: