Protesters in over 400 cities march vs Monsanto

Organizers say two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the U.S. and in over 50 other countries on Saturday.

“March Against Monsanto” protesters say they wanted to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. Founder and organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries.

Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified. But some saygenetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment. The use of GMOs has been a growing issue of contention in recent years, with health advocates pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified productseven though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe.

The ‘March Against Monsanto’ movement began just a few months ago, when Canal created a Facebook page on Feb. 28 calling for a rally against the company’s practices.

“If I had gotten 3,000 people to join me, I would have considered that a success,” she said Saturday. Instead, she said two million responded to her message…

Globaler Protest gegen Monsanto: Monster der Genmanipulation

Monsanto, Agromulti, weltweit agierender Hersteller von genetisch manipuliertem Saatgut und Pestiziden, Erfinder des im Vietnamkrieg eingesetzten Kampfstoffes Agent Orange, wehte heute ein kalter Wind entgegen. In 400 Städten weltweit fanden Protestkundgebungen gegen Monsanto statt. Vergiftete Bauern oder solche, die vor lauter Schulden den Suizid wählen, pestizid resistente Schädlinge, kaputter Boden – und die unkalkulierbaren Risiken genmanipuierten Saatguts in Bezug auf die Umwelt und die Gesundheit der Menschen. Für eine bessere Welt will Monsanto gemäss Eigenwerbung stehen. Der Reingewinn, der wird Jahr für Jahr besser – aber die Welt? Monsanto – das Monster der Landwirtschaft?

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