It’sOctober 12, 2013 – Join farmers and free citizens around the world in the March to Stop Monsanto!
Today, Food Democracy Now! is calling on you to join the global March Against Monsanto in an effort to stand up for our democratic rights and protect the planet from Monsanto’s influence.
Why we’re marching: To Stop the Continued Corruption of Our Democracy, the Poisoning of Our Environment, the Loss of Biodiversity and the Continued Assault on the Basic Rights of Farmers and Citizens Around the World.
The problem with Monsanto is not just their corrosive lobbying practices, but the fact that the products they produce, genetically engineered foods and chemical weedkillers, are in more than 75% of the processed foods that we eat and feed our families everyday.
In terms of corruption and consumption, Monsanto’s reach is global. And it must be stopped!
The Monsanto Protection Act, An Outrage that Sparked the Fire
On March 21st of this year, Congress passed the Monsanto Protection Act, an outrageous corporate loophole that effectively barred federal courts from being able to halt the sale and planting of genetically engineered crops during court challenges. Five days later, on March 26, President Obama signed it into law.
As a result, millions of people around the world were outraged over the offensive backdoor deal and the continued collusion between Monsanto’s biotech lobbyists and America’s elected officials.
Two months after the Monsanto Protection Act passed, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in a global March Against Monsanto that took place in over 52countries and over 500 cities across the globe.
Today, hundreds of thousands of us will take to the streets once again to express their collective outrage over this corporation’s continued ability to corrupt our democratic rights, poison the environment and negatively impact human health.
The Monsanto Protection Act is Dead!
While Monsanto was working to pass the most outrageous corporate loophole in recent history, more than 300,000 Food Democracy Now! members signed a petition to Congress and the White House to stop it, and flooded their switchboards by making more than 100,000 phone calls. In the past 6 months, more than 600,000 letters and 150,000 phone calls have been made by Food Democracy Now! members.
As a result, Senator Barbara Mikulski was forced to apologize for allowing the provision to pass into the continuing resolution this spring and on September 25thupheld her promise to remove the Monsanto Protection Act from the current continuing resolution.
This was a huge victory for America’s farmers and those who believe that laws should not be brokered in secret meetings. But we can’t let up. Even now, Monsanto is plotting once again to undermine our basic rights in their pursuit of poisoned profits.
Monsanto Manipulates Global Trade and Undermines Free Markets: Stop the Global Monsanto Protection Act
While Americans can currently celebrate the death of the original Monsanto Protection Act, another, more sinister threat looms over the horizon.
If you thought the Monsanto Protection Act was bad, the secret trade deals called the TPP and TAFTA are a global nightmare. Right now two secret trade agreements, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), also called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and being finalized for fast-track approval in the U.S.
Today Monsanto and more than 600 other multinational corporations and industry front groups are working hand in glove with the Obama administration to draft secret global trade agreements that will undermine the democratic rule of law and place our legal protections in the hands of shady corporate lobbyists.
Even worse, a biotech and pesticide industry lobbyist that once represented Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and other biotech giants is working as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. government.
Right now groups from across the globe, such as Public Citizen and Expose the TTP, are working to halt the fast-track approval of the TPP and similar trade agreements that would impose punishing restrictions on local democracy, giving multinational corporations like Monsanto and the biotech industry the unprecedented right to demand taxpayer compensation for policies that corporations deem a barrier to their profits – like GMO labeling and bans on these crops at the national, state or local level.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. – Edmund Burke
Thanks again for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team