Oppressive New “Monsanto Law” Meets Opposition in Africa

The nation of Ghana is just one of many on the African continent locked into a struggle with Monsanto, pitting small farmers against the multinational corporation and other similar companies in a struggle for food sovereignty.

Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and anti-farmer business dealings such as seed consolidation have already led to serious consequences for small farmers in places ranging from India to the Phillippines and many others, and residents of many other countries are beginning to catch on.

The fight for seed and food sovereignty has been especially fierce in Ghana, where seed saving has been a crucial part of traditional farming as it is throughout much of Africa.

Now, the government of Ghana is one where oppressive seed laws are attacking the roots of independent farming in the country, as noted in this recent article by The Ecologist.

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A scene from the May 23 MAM in Ghana. Via Food Sovereignty Ghana on Facebook.

The article tells the story of how Ghana’s women farmers are especially steadfast in resisting the proposed laws.

“My mother gave me some seeds to plant. And I’m also giving those seeds to my children to plant.

“So that is ongoing, every time we transfer to our children,” Esther Boakye Yiadom explained in the article. “And that is how all the women are doing it. We don’t buy, we produce it ourselves.”

The barter and seed and food exchange system practiced by her and others in Ghana is the exact model of small-scale farming the United Nations says we need to feed the world, but will it be able to continue if Monsanto and others gain control?

A new law in Ghana dubbed the ‘Monsanto Law’ would effectively supercharge the power of multinational seed companies while at the same time restricting the rights of small farmers to keep and exchange seeds.

Today just 10 corporations control over 75% of the the world’s commercial seed market and yet in Africa 80% of seeds are controlled by farmer-managed systems. What could be the consequences of such a takeover of seeds in Africa by Monsanto and others for small farmers?

Check out the original article here for more info and perspective from those who are currently in the struggle themselves. You can also check out Food Sovereignty Ghana on Facebook here for more info.

Large Cross-Section of Studies the World Over Link Monsanto’s Roundup to Cancer Epidemic

The Monsanto Company has continually maintained that one of the cornerstones of its vast agrochemical empire, its best-selling Roundup herbicide, is safe for human exposure.

And yet time and time again, independent research has disproved this notion with studies linking it to cancer and several other serious health problems.

Monsanto originally thought that because animals lack a specific enzyme, ESPS synthase, that they would be immune from the harmful effects of Roundup. But independent science is increasingly showing that it does in fact cause serious harm to humans and animals after all. 

As Dr. Jeff Ritterman writes in this article from TruthOut.com:

“The herbicide has been proven to cause birth defects in vertebrates, including in humans, and it may also be the cause of a fatal kidney disease epidemic.

“An increasing number of studies are now linking the herbicide to cancer…”

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Sprayings of Roundup in South America have had drastically bad effects on the health of locals.

Cancer Exploding in the “Soy Republic”

Thanks in large part to exposure to Roundup and glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide, doctors have noticed an alarming increase in cancers in the “Soy Republic” in Latin American, where 125 million acres of soy has been planted, most of it GMO and heavily sprayed.

“Cancer cases are multiplying as never before in areas with massive use of pesticides.” said Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, a pediatrician specializing in environmental health, at a recent conference.

A 2010 study undertaken in 2010 by another doctor found skyrocketing cancer rates in the last 15 years, based on data from 65,000 people in Sante Fe, located in Argentina’s soy region.

Lung, prostate and breast cancers were discovered at rates 2-4 times higher than the national average in the area. 

For more from Dr. Ritterman and more on the study, as well as several other stories ranging from South America to the United States and Europe linking Roundup exposure to brain cancer, lymphoma, and several other serious maladies, check out the original TruthOut article here.

Related reading: Bombshell interview with the doctor who exposed Monsanto’s secret trade documents on how Roundup causes cancer.

Message of Solidarity from Maui, Ground Zero for Monsanto’s GMO Experiments

The island of Maui and its incredibly beautiful and biodiverse landscape has been under grave threat threat from Monsanto chemicals and GMO experiments in recent years.

Despite that, the people have persevered, gaining a GMO ban in Maui County that has unfortunately led to a legal battle instead of granting the results the people actually voted on.

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Photo via NaturalSociety.com.

Recently Elise Travis & Judith Carroll, “Citizens of Maui, Hawaii & People for Justice” submitted the following message of solidarity with MAM:

Aloha from Maui,

On May 23rd, 2015 Maui, Hawaii stands in solidarity with all of the global Protectors through out the World. Maui is Ground Zero for Monsanto’s toxic chemical testing of GMO seeds.

At this time we would like to send our prayers along with our message of Aloha to everyone participating in The March Against Monsanto. May our message of Aloha ‘aina and malama ‘aina touch the hearts and minds of the perpetrators who are poisoning our planet.

May this evolution restore and save our aina (land) as well as protecting & securing the safety of the World’s food supply.

The following is a message (prayer) from Lei’ohu Ryder (Lei’ohu Ryder is a spiritual leader, visionary, healer, singer/songwriter, and educator on Maui; editor’s note, MAM is a non-religious movement open to everyone):

Aloha ʻāina, mālama ʻāina! Remain rooted to aloha! We take a breath, we take the next step & hoʻolōkāhi i ka puʻuwai, unify in one heart! As we breathe in to our essence, a refreshing breath of change comes wafting upon our Maui miracle to usher in a new dawn of understanding, educating and awareness.

Below is a video of a recent rally in Maui, ground zero for the movement for freedom from GMOs and farm chemical spraying:

Further reading: Third Annual March Against Monsanto Gains Massive International Support

Press Release: Third Annual March Against Monsanto Gains Massive International Support

NEW YORK, May 20, 2015 — The worldwide March Against Monsanto campaign has received massive international support following the announcement of its official launch date of May 23rd, in which hundreds of thousands will take to the streets in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company.

With the latest attendance records expected to shatter previous numbers, thousands of grassroots supporters have already launched local events in cities that range from Bordeaux, France to Göteborg, Sweden. In each city, March Against Monsanto will feature different prominent speakers, including former presidential candidates and health icons.

Spanning 6 continents, 48 countries, and 421 cities, March Against Monsanto 2015 has generated mass awareness and interest as world regulatory organizations openly declare Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing Roundup herbicide to be a serious threat to health. The leading authority on human wellness protocols, The World Health Organization, has already determined Monsanto’s Roundup to be a ‘probable carcinogen’ within the food supply.

The announcements have led to initiatives like The Women’s and Children’s Bill of Rights to Ban Glyphosate, which would protect highly susceptible groups from toxic glyphosate exposure if signed into law in October. Glyphosate has been detected in groundwater supplies as well as 60-100% of rainwater collection samples in various parts of the world, inciting concerns of mass pollution on a global scale.

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On May 23rd, a wide range of health experts, doctors, and researchers will attend and speak at March Against Monsanto events across the world.

In New York City, GMO expert and Institute for Responsible Technology head Jeffrey Smith will speak on the dangers of GMOs and the way in which we can avoid them. Austin, Texas-based Anthony Gucciardi, natural health speaker and author, will highlight the ways in which GMO labeling can become a reality. Dr. Joseph Mercola will share new information on Monsanto and non-GMO initiatives to the crowd in Ormond Beach, Florida. In Salt Lake City, former presidential candidate Rocky Anderson will offer his take on the politics behind Monsanto and GMOs at large, as teen activist Rachel Parent speaks to a crowd in Toronto.

March Against Monsanto protests will begin May 23rd with extensive physical protests and related online coverage throughout the day on news media platforms as well as www.March-Against-Monsanto.com

For more information on the 2015 March Against Monsanto, and to start a march in your area, visit www.March-Against-Monsanto.com or contact the event coordinator via email at AddMyMarch@gmail.com.

SOURCE March Against Monsanto

March Against Monsanto 2015 Official Press Release

Media alert: The 2015 March Against Monsanto is set to launch worldwide on May 23.

For immediate release: 

WORLDWIDE – On May 23, 2015, hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. This movement seeks to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup.

The campaign comes as the demand for GMO labeling and non-GMO food alternatives continues its exponential climb, with states like Vermont enacting mandatory GM labeling legislation that will require food corporations to let consumers know if their products contain GM ingredients.

In polls conducted by the New York Times, Washington Post, Consumer Reports, and many others, over 90% of respondents were in support of national GMO labeling – an initiative that has been defeated time and time again at the state level thanks to heavy spending by Monsanto-backed lobbying groups.

Highlighting the concern over Monsanto’s creations is the latest report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research group, which listed Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup as a ‘probable carcinogen’. This finding has drawn many researchers and health experts to stand behind the goals of March Against Monsanto.

A scene from the March Against Monsanto in Denver, CO.

A scene from the March Against Monsanto in Denver, CO. For a list of MAM events, which will happen worldwide on May 23, click on this link.

“There’s no question that March Against Monsanto is the most powerful grassroots initiative we have in the fight to reclaim our food supply from the GMO seed juggernaut known as the Monsanto Company,” said Anthony Gucciardi, March Against Monsanto speaker and founder of the natural health website NaturalSociety.com.

“With the new admission by the World Health Organization that Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup is causing cancer worldwide, now is the most important time to join the movement and take a stand.”

Despite claims by the multinational biotech giant that genetically modified crops would actually lead to a decrease in Roundup use, U.S. Geological Survey data reveals the use of Roundup’s key component glyphosate has increased 16-fold since the mid-1990s when GMO crops were first introduced.

March Against Monsanto protests will begin May 23rd with extensive physical protests and related online coverage throughout the day on news media platforms as well as www.March-Against-Monsanto.com

For more information on the 2015 March Against Monsanto, and to start a march in your area, visit www.March-Against-Monsanto.com or contact the event coordinator via email at AddMyMarch@gmail.com

An online event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/753961208032987/
A complete list of events can be found here: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/events

German States Call for EU-Wide Ban on Monsanto’s Roundup

The Monsanto Company’s worst nightmare occurred earlier this spring when the World Health Organization declared the main component of its best-selling herbicide, Roundup, to be a “probable” carcinogen, and many of the trickle-down effects are just now starting to be felt across the world.

Recently, Germany’s state ministers decided to take action when it was announced that they had drafted a resolution for the for “the supply to and use (of glyphosate) by private persons to be banned for precautionary reasons.”

The news was reported on by the website EurActiv Germany and quoted in this article by GM Watch.

In this case, use of the harmful chemicals in places where children, pets and others live and play was cited as a key reason for the proposal.

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The German parliament building.

“This pesticide should not be found in gardens, parks or on children’s playgrounds. I also do not think use in private gardens is appropriate,” said Lower Saxony’s Consumer Protection Minister Christian Meyer. Meyer is the current chairman of the Consumer Protection Minister Conference.

The call for a ban comes at a time when the clock is winding down on glyphosate’s status as being approved in the European Union. Approved status for glyhosate will expire at the end of 2015.

Glyphosate is still sprayed en masse on most crops in the United States, however, including Monsanto’s GMOs that are resistant to them. This is just one key point that will be discussed and otherwise broadcast by March Against Monsanto protesters across the world on May 23.

For more info on the 2015 March Against Monsanto and to see if there’s an event in your area, click on our events list here.

For more details on the proposed German ban read the full GMWatch article here.

Wishing You A Healthy #NoGMO #MothersDay

Mother’s Day 2015 is coming to a close. It started for some of us with watching a television segment of Let It Rip on WJBK Fox 2 discussing breastfeeding in public and GMO foods. The show encouraged viewers to use the Twitter hashtag #LetItRip on commentary about the topic for the show hosts to review and share.

Fox 2 News Headlines

The @MAMdetroit twitter messages for an hour after the show continued using the #LetItRip tag. We’re very interested in getting word out about the March coming up May 23. Look on Twitter for the #MarchMay23 tag to find content from around the world.

Get Your Free March Against Monsanto Materials (and a Nifty Banner Too) Here While Supplies Last!

Are you joining one of the many March Against Monsanto events on May 23rd, 2015? If so, the Organic Consumers Association (and March Against Monsanto) are asking for your help.

The OCA put together packets designed especially for the May 23rd event, which focus on this simple, but powerful, message: Monsanto Makes Us Sick. And we’re offering them free of charge to anyone organizing or participating in a March Against Monsanto event.

The packet will include our latest Monsanto Makes Us Sick campaign leaflet, poster and sticker, plus our Millions Against Monsanto leaflet and sticker. Due to postage costs, packets will only be mailed to U.S. addresses. Offer good while supplies last.

Sign Up for Your Free Packet of Monsanto Makes Us Sick Materials Here

Order Your Monsanto Makes Us Sick Banner for $30

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This year’s May 23 March Against Monsanto is expected to once again draw millions of protesters to the streets as part of a global event to raise awareness and to speak with the general public about what the St. Louis based agrochemical and GMO giant is doing to our planet.

And we’ve got plenty to talk about. Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) declared glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a probable human carcinogen.

That didn’t stop Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) from reintroducing the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, an industry written bill (H.R.1599) designed to stomp out states’ right to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws.

Not to mention Hillary Clinton, an official supporter of Monsanto and GMO crops, has thrown her hat into the ring for President.

Monsanto Makes Us Sick. Literally. We want you to help OCA take this message to the streets on Saturday, May 23.

Click here for a list of March Against Monsanto events and to add your event to the list. Please check with local organizers to see if a packet has already been requested for the march in your area. Multiple requests allowed for larger cities only.

Help stop the DARK Act and publicize your March Against Monsanto event by submitting a letter to the editor of your local paper. Click here to edit our sample letter and use our handy tool.

If you’d like to list OCA as a sponsor for your event, we’ll help by sending out a media advisory prior to your to your local media outlets. You can download our media advisory template here, fill in your information and email back to campaigns@organicconsumers.org.

The packet mentioned above will include our latest Monsanto Makes Us Sick campaign leaflet, poster and sticker, plus our Millions Against Monsanto leaflet. View materials here. Offer good while supplies last.

Monsanto Makes Us Sick banners (5’x2′) are available for $30. Keep the banner after your event, or send it back to us and we’ll refund your 30 bucks. Click here to order your banner

OCA logos for your event page here.

March Against Monsanto list of events

See the original OCA post for more info by clicking here.

Labor Icon Dolores Huerta Speaks Out in Favor of Mandatory GMO Labeling

Dolores Heurta, who protested alongside Cesar Chavez in the 60s and 70s to formalize rights for California’s farm workers, was in Washington, D.C. this week to speak out in favor of mandatory GMO labeling.

Huerta helped to acquire the first collective bargaining agreement between workers and an agricultural company in 1965 as noted in this article by E&E Publishing. She said that GMO labeling is a must for consumers who are starving for information on which foods contain the highly controversial ingredients. 

“It gives the average consumer the right to choose,” said Huerta, speaking at a conference at the National Press Club yesterday. Huerta also attended a meeting at the White House to press President Obama on the issue. Obama promised labels for GMOs during his presidential campaign but has yet to make good on the promise. 

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Huerta added that her experiences protecting the rights and health of people in communities near farms from pesticide exposure has helped motivate her to speak out on the issue of GMOs and the need for labeling.

The event was organized by the Environmental Working Group, which has long been a supporter of mandatory GMO labeling and a large-scale reduction of harmful farming chemicals that are used on GMO and “conventional” crops. 

The farming industry has long been in favor of using more harmful chemicals, Huerta said, with field managers even calling them “medicine” for crops during the 1970s.

The political climate surrounding such pesticides has changed drastically in recent years, however, as more and more studies have come out demonstrating their harmful effects including a recent one by the World Health Organization linking glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, to cancer.

For more on the event and Huerta’s speech, check out the full article here.

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