Commentary: Protest against Monsanto recruits participants

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How evil is Monsanto? According to professional activists, new-age hippies and easily swayed consumers, Monsanto employees are sons and daughters of the devil that work together to kill people and destroy the planet.

I just cannot see people enchanted with destroying Monsanto as anything other than out of touch with reality. First of all, Monsanto is by no means the only company working to feed the world and increase farmer income with genetically modified traits; there are many companies today. Second, refusing to believe in science and believing scientists are liars is ridiculous.

But nothing seems to sway protesters from targeting Monsanto. The latest batch of protests is being organized to be held May 25 around the nation under the theme of “March Against Monsanto.” The organizers of the Kansas City, Mo., version of the protest have been handing out flyers and using social media to the fullest extent to organize participants.  

The very first line of the long-version mission statement of “why we march” condemns genetically-modified foods with completely false claims or complete lies. “Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.” Other than by unscrupulous quasi-scientists, GMOs have never been proven to cause any health conditions.

And enticing every organic farmer to join the protestors seems to be a goal. “Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply,” the protestors’ “mission statement” claims. Turning farmer against farmer really confuses the general public.

Those who are truly concerned about the environment for honeybee health have not pulled Monsanto into the controversy about low numbers of bee reproduction and colony collapse, but the uninformed protesters say Monsanto is to blame in their mission statement.  

The falsely dubbed federal “Monsanto Protection Act” legislation has provided inspiration for activists to claim the company is the “benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism” of corrupt government officials.

The short form flyer hand-out explains “why we march” as follows:

  • To protect our food supply.
  • Support local farmers.
  • Spread awareness about harmful effects of genetically modified food.
  • Promote organic solutions.
  • Expose the cronyism—big business and government.
  • Bring accountability to those responsible for the corruption.

The mission statement ends, “We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison.”

If you don’t see a reason for concern about being associated with the March Against Monsanto, then you probably are a person believing in covert operations and hidden agendas by everyone associated with agricultural science.  


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Mia    
Ottawa Canada  |  April, 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I dare you to watch these... bet you can't! Your article is exactly what most people expect from an AG Professional... Nice ending by the way... " covert operations etc... " I feel sorry for you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VEZYQF9WlE http://gmo-awareness.com/2011/05/12/monsanto-dirty-dozen/

Marci    
Washington state  |  April, 22, 2013 at 03:04 PM

What are you-a shill for big AG & Monsanto? You sure sound like it-a liar through & through. Monsanto's and other GMO corporations are poisoning out food, the earth, the water with EXTREMELY TOXIC pesticides AND contaminated food. You are KILLING THE BEES WITH YOUR POISONOUS PESTICIDES. FEED THE WORLD?!?! HaHaHaHa...that has to be the biggest lie of the millennia! Oh, and just exactly why are so many farmers in India who have bought into Monsanto's LIE, committing suicide? I stopped eating food contaminated with GMO s and my health has GREATLY IMPROVED. You lie big Ag shill!

    
Iowa  |  April, 22, 2013 at 03:53 PM

I for one depend on a the farm ground. It is easy for people to get a wooden stake and poster board and write on it hate words. Monsanto and other Ag Companies are definitely concerned on how we are going to feed the population in the next 30 years with population growth. The urban sprawl has pushed the farm sector to be more efficient on their productivity. Monsanto does not actively apply "poisonous pesticides". It is the farmers that choose to apply the product to protect their investments. It is a free world, Monsanto has very few products in their line up that is truely "Poisonous". Read the labels. I doubt you can survive very long on the honey that your precious bees make anyhow. Look at the big picture. If farmers are not successful food, fuel and fiber cost will get out of control. Not only will our economy suffer more than it already is but the protein based diets that more people are depending on will be effected dramatically and have an adverse affect that I do not want to be alive to see. Maybe your health is not all that good right now you seem to be a very mad person.

AgLander    
Missouri  |  April, 22, 2013 at 04:45 PM

Great article. Scared of Monsanto? Nope, I respect their innovation and discovery which has greatly advanced modern agriculture. What scares me? The mixture of a low grade level of knowledge about GMO's mixed with a large amount of self absorbed narcissism which results in producing one of these obnoxious new age hippie food anarchists. They are today's version of the "no nothings" who are simply looking for personal relevance in the wrong places. (And why are they always so angry?)

Fletcher    
Texas  |  April, 22, 2013 at 05:22 PM

The author states, "The falsely dubbed federal “Monsanto Protection Act” legislation has provided inspiration for activists to claim the company is the “benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism” of corrupt government officials." For your reference: "In the case of the Monsanto rider, Blunt said he worked with the company and had a valuable partner in the late chairman, Inouye, who was sympathetic given Monsanto’s large seed operations in Hawaii." Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/big-agriculture-tom-vilsack-monsanto-89268_Page2.html#ixzz2REWWYemo

    
April, 22, 2013 at 08:15 PM

you're an idiot!

dan    
April, 23, 2013 at 12:29 AM

What is wrong with you? Have you forgotten agent orange? Vietnam? Or the wonderful new Agent Orange Corn and the Agent Orange that goes along with it? 20 Million gallons permanently disabled and killed over a million people in vietnam 500,000 more born with birth defects. Once it's classified as a herbicide the 570 Million gallons of roundup that are used become 570 Million gallons of agent orange. What the hell do you think is going to happen then? Are you seriously that dense?

Dan    
April, 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6981

Reality    
Down to earth  |  April, 23, 2013 at 01:02 AM

You may want to do a little education on the studies regarding gmos that have been conducted overseas in countries where their scientists don't pay attention to nonsence like the stewardship agreement. Your March Against Monsanto article is sick to say the least. To paint such a negative picture of a group of people who simply want their food labeled is atrocious. If it is so safe and so much better it should be a matter of pride to label it and that is why almost 50 million dollars was spent to defeat prop 37 right?. Wake up we demand labeling and healthier food. With 73% of Americans now buying some portion of their food organic and continuing to increase as availability improves instead of telling farmers to plant crap and spray poison they might want to get on the bandwagon before they lose their ass.

mike    
mn  |  April, 23, 2013 at 01:04 AM

Of course the person writing this (opinion) in not educated in this topic an should keep his mouth shut so wrong info stops being spred

Thompson    
April, 23, 2013 at 01:13 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njd0RugGjAg Seriously this stuff is safe? Care to elaborate?

Jennifer    
Florida  |  April, 24, 2013 at 09:58 AM

I do not refuse to believe in science or think most scientists are liars. I do have a problem when the only "science" produced is from people with a financial interest in the results who stridently oppose any sort of 3rd party peer review of this so-called science. The little that 3rd party SCIENTISTS have been able to do has shown questionable or bad results. Monsanto is not the only company involved in producing/ marketing GE foods, the increasing use of poisons like Round Up, and the consolidation and monopolization of our food and seed supplies but they are the largest and they are the most aggressive at squashing attempts at labeling, peer review, and organic farmers/ land owner rights. This is why I will March Against Monsanto.

Innsbrook    
Missouri  |  April, 24, 2013 at 01:04 PM

March away, Jennifer, march away......way away. What a sad commentary when we have a class of people who consider financial rewards for scientific innovation or discovery to be considered "bad science" and scorned. What a pity to live ones life filled with mistrust and irrational phobias. March away.......

Anthony    
California  |  April, 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM

Can we just protest about all the lies going on in this country at the same time??? It seems that alot of people are actually waking up and going to protest Monsanto so let's just get it all out there.. I'm serious.

Bob    
Seattle  |  April, 28, 2013 at 07:10 PM

All Monsanto is striving to do is line their pocket books. Obviously the author is employed/paid by the big chemical companies. You mention independent tests that show GM foods have never proven to harm. Who did those tests or paid for them? Oh, yeah..Monsanto! That's how it works....we're not that stupid. Feed the world? I don't think so. Blackmail the world is more like it!

missie s.    
new jersey  |  April, 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM

everyone is entitled to their opinion... you can thank us in 10 yrs!

missie s.    
new jersey  |  April, 28, 2013 at 10:52 PM

in due time little! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwL8f9MiD2g

Juno    
USA  |  April, 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

How's the sales of Monsanto's terminator seed going? So glad to hear that Japan banned it. How about your sales of saccharine and those PCB's that cause cancer? We refuse to use Roundup or any pesticide and my yard has all the lovely fireflies one could want. Your pharmaceutical is poison.

Chris    
New Jersey  |  April, 29, 2013 at 03:36 PM

Coming from one who depends on farms, you should be a little more educated about the bee's importance. Other than making honey, bees most important contribution to humans is that they pollinate all the fruits and many vegetables that we eat. Without them, we will be doing it all by hand. Think about how expensive food, fuel, and fiber will be then.

B    
Missouri  |  May, 01, 2013 at 12:59 PM

The terminator gene has never been in production, not here in the US or anywhere in the world actually. Even Vindana Shiva finally admits that fact, instead of her usual garbage. http://skepteco.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/vandana-shiva-admits-there-is-no-terminator/ And here is another link with Facts about the terminator gene, not hysterical accusations. http://skepteco.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/the-truth-about-the-terminator/ If you take the time to read this, please don't see conspiracy, cause that's just sad.

B    
Missouri  |  May, 01, 2013 at 12:59 PM

The terminator gene has never been in production, not here in the US or anywhere in the world actually. Even Vindana Shiva finally admits that fact, instead of her usual garbage. http://skepteco.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/vandana-shiva-admits-there-is-no-terminator/ And here is another link with Facts about the terminator gene, not hysterical accusations. http://skepteco.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/the-truth-about-the-terminator/ If you take the time to read this, please don't see conspiracy, cause that's just sad.

RuthHenriquez    
Duluth, MN  |  May, 04, 2013 at 08:55 AM

I'm a 56-year-old political moderate who sometime votes across party lines. I'm not a new-age hippie nor an "easily swayed consumer." I parse media messages closely, as I am aware of the psychological techniques of persuasion. My beef with Monsanto stems from reading science and ecology journals. We need a varied gene pool of plant, fungi, and animal species to have resilient ecosystems. Monsanto is about monocultures. Monocultures in the end will make us prone to food shortages as predator species will evolve to attack modified plants. The original plant species will have been curtailed and will no longer exist as backups for use when the gm plants succumb. Also, monocultures do not support the web of invertebrate species necessary to carry on the bio-support work of the planet. These little critters, the unsung heroes of ecosystem maintenance, are being wiped out due to habitat loss caused by the growth of large swaths of monocultures. Such critters include insects and soil microorganisms, worms, and other "lowly" but necessary players. The loss of these species is well documented. Also, Monsanto bullies farmers who would maintain varied gene pools of seeds as security against pests which could evolve in future. This bullying is well known, and erodes the public's trust in the company. Rather than being seen as food providers, they have become the archetypal "evil corporation," due to strong-arm tactics. My message to M.'s corporate governors is this: you have lost not only the hippies and "gullible" consumers, but the educated moderate middle. You need to take a good look at yourselves and figure out how to be a responsible company that can create truly sustainable future for us all.

SacredEarth    
California  |  May, 05, 2013 at 02:19 PM

The honey from those "precious bees" are not the issue you deusch bag, it's the work they do. Those "precious bees" are a VITAL element in the world's floral ecosystem, and without them enormous numbers of floral life would be WIPED OUT. We need those "precious bees" to survive, do have any inkling as to how dependent we are to plant life for our survival? You statement is the most ignorant, ARROGANT, and self-serving I have heard in a VERY long time

Pat    
Ohio  |  May, 08, 2013 at 07:16 PM

More like bad science as in those who call out Monsanto on being harmful are fired. More like Canadian health officials being offered 1-2 million dollar bribes then fired when they refused and reported the truth. More like rBGH has been found to increase cow's ovaries up to 45 percent and cause reproduction problems. More like these same cows have had become sick and need to be pumped full of antibiotics, which is then passed onto us. More like these same cows have been know to have PUS in their milk. Bad science? Pft. Try no science. The only ones claiming this is stuff is harm free is Monsanto, foolish, accusatory writers such as Keller, and ignorant individuals such as yourself. Do yourself, and everyone else around you, a favor and look up some information before you try to act informed. March away indeed.

CJ Marini    
Arizona  |  May, 09, 2013 at 08:25 PM

I grew up on a farm back in the '70s-'80s. My family was 'organic' before the word was even used. We didn't do so well when what my dad referred to as 'corporate farming' moved in. My dad stood by his belief that food is best grown without all those chemicals and by using natural means to help the crops thrive. He was a farmer who truly respected the land and would never believe Roundup ready seed was right for his land. No one truly knows yet the impact of all the pesticides and the GMO seeds on the earth or the land - only time will tell. My dad was a simple man and if he were still alive today, I could hear him saying, "If it doesn't sound right, it's not and that's all there is to it." Does it sound right that the seed is injected with pesticide and changed in a way to withstand application of Roundup pesticide and deter the natural feeders from eating it? Can we really trust a company that brought us an abundance of DDT, saccharin, PCBs, and Agent Orange - all that has been banned due to their toxicity to humans and/or the environment? Science has contributed some of the most wonderful and most disturbing history to our kind. If Monsanto had truly completed long term studies to determine the real impact of GMO, or if our government required such be completed before given them and other companies patents on life - I would truly be listening to the beat of a different drum. But all I can hear is this thunderous boom of biotech companies destroying our life and our planet.

We won't get fooled again    
May, 09, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Do you work for Monsanto in Missouri by any chance?

fanny    
Netherlands  |  May, 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM

Go back to sleep sheeple. I pity you greatly those who do not see the truth. And to the people going. March your hearts out guys we shall also be doing our thing in Holland.x Power to the people.

fanny    
Netherlands  |  May, 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM

Go back to sleep sheeple. I pity you greatly those who do not see the truth. And to the people going. March your hearts out guys we shall also be doing our thing in Holland.x Power to the people.

Anne Katoch    
Duluth, MN  |  May, 25, 2013 at 09:14 AM

It is a lie that Monsanto is the only company working to alleviate world hunger. It is, however, trying to dominate seed ownership and distribution, and so boldly labels its seed bags with its patent numbers and warnings. And yet, it has great resistance to labeling the final product. If the food grown form these seeds is equivalent, safe, and something to be proud of, then LABEL it. Brand it. If it really is all that, heck, even charge more for it, like manufacturers do for fancy jeans... no pun intended!

    
May, 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

no bees no food

Stephen Fandrich    
Seattle  |  May, 25, 2013 at 01:35 PM

Would the heroes at Monsanto still continue to save the world through genetically Modified foods and greater ag efficiency if there wasn't something in it for them? Take away the profit potential and our heroes go poof! Nearly every industry in America, no profit no interest. Companies that want to patent the food we eat for the safety and well being of us who cannot help ourselves follow in the pus of an unforgiving, unrelenting social disease, like the patriot act where we all chose to give up freedom for safety. Monsanto and companies like it exist because the majority of us just want to eat something tha looks nice and doesn't keep us from our TV for too long, i.e. consumers. Consumers are the only thing Mosanto wants to feed. Right now, consumers don't yet care about nutrition or where it comes from. I think as long as people don't care about what's in their food or how it got there, companies like Monsanto won't go away.


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