12 October 2013 — 21st Century Wire
Anti-GMO protestors demonstrate in front of US seed company Monsanto on October 12, 2013, in Monbequi, southern France. Banner reads: “No to a world according to Monsanto”.(AFP Photo / Pascal Pavani)
The second planned march against agricultural giant Monsanto takes place around the world this weekend. The protesters are rallying against the company’s use of genetically modified organisms and trying to raise awareness about its corporate practices.
Saturday, October 12
12:40 GMT: RT’s Peter Oliver was live in Berlin for the March against Monsanto event, speaking to nutritionist Heidi Osterman and Vice President of the True Food Foundation, Dietrich Wittel.
See video here: http://rt.com/news/march-against-monsanto-gmo-100/
They express a fear that with the coming trade agreement between Europe and North America, Monsanto will never leave Europe. Instead, the laws and rules that apply in America will be protecting Monsanto in European countries as well.
12:15 GMT: You can follow live streaming coverage of the London march against Monsanto by following this link.
12:10 GMT: Citizens of Vienna join the global march.
— Lumpenpuppe (@Lumpenpuppe) October 12, 2013
11:55 GMT: Started as a small event, the first March against Monsanto on May 25 turned into a global campaign with over 2 million people in 436 cities, across 52 countries, joining the rallies.
11:50 GMT: Occupy protesters in Brisbane, Australia with their own anti-corporate messages.
— WACA (@akaWACA) October 12, 2013
11:20 GMT: Colin O’Neil from the Center for Food Safety told RT about the kind of pressure companies like Monsanto can exert on politicians as they push through laws and patents that work against the farmer.
Anti-GMO (genetically modified foods) protestors install banners in front of the site entrance of US seed company Monsanto on October 12, 2013 during a day of action against the company, in Monbequi, southern France. (AFP Photo / Pascal Pavani)
Marche contre Monsanto St Pierre, La Réunion pic.twitter.com/HEu6heyhYJ
— Gwael Desbont (@GwaelD) October 12, 2013
10:40 GMT: A video from Youtube user Charlie Spiering shows the scene at the US Senate on October 11, when a woman threw around $2000 in bills inside the building to highlight the fact that despite the government shutdown being in place in the US, Monsanto are “still paying Congress members.”
10:34 GMT: The atmosphere in San Diego, California, a night before the march was to begin.
— cristie paris (@parissocalcat) October 12, 2013
09:16 GMT: India’s March Against Monsanto Mumbai has reached Bandra, next stop – Juhu.
Moscow’s ‘March With Corn’, from Russia’s own event page (photo from facebook.com)
09:00 GMT: A few minutes ago, the Moscow’s own ‘A March With Corn’ got underway, as dozens of activists walked down the city’s central streets passing out ears of corn grown without the use of GMO.
People started marching from the Kuznetsky Most station and informed potential marchers that “We can be recognized by the corn in our hands.”
The ‘Russia Without GMO’ campaign started in the Spring of 2013, and is expected to collect one million signatures.
On September 23, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law that would allow the planting of GMO seeds in Russia, the first of its kind.
08:28 GMT: On October, 5, Movement against Monsanto launched a global ‘Twitter storm’ asking people to tweet and post certain hash-tags as frequently as possible.
They explained in a statement that “The goal of this Twitter storm is to get the March and info about GMOs trending on Twitter and Facebook and to build awareness about Monsanto and their dangerous products and policies.”
08:15 GMT: A total of 52 countries and over 500 cities across six continents are estimated to be participating in the worldwide march against the GMO corporation.
08:10 GMT: The Sydney march is underway, as well as Perth and Adelaide, in Australia.
— Occupy Sydney (@occupySYDNEY) October 12, 2013
07:40 GMT: The London march is underway, attended by Dr. Vandana Shiva of the Fortnight of Action for Seed & Food Freedom. Dr. Shiva campaigns for seed sovereignty and freedom of information on food. The London MAM will have her speaking.
— fizz (@Carolynoflondon) October 12, 2013
07:20 GMT: 404 events for March Against Monsanto have been confirmed worldwide, says GM Watch.