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March to Support GMO Labeling

The grassroots movement March Against Monsanto, has inspired a broad coalition of individuals and groups to gather in communities all over the world on May 23 to bring attention to Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to demand labeling for foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). The East Bay rally takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Oakland, organized by the grassroots group Label GMOs.

Rally participants call for solidarity against Monsanto’s predatory business and agricultural practices, the rejection of substantial equivalence of GMO and traditional crops, independent scientific testing of GMO crops, promotion of organic solutions, exposure of links between big business and the government, research into poverty as a primary cause of global hunger, support of food and seed sovereignty, support of local farms, bees and biodiversity and labeling of all foods that contain GMOs.

Long-time activist and member of the Gateway Greens in Fort Myers, Florida, Daniel Romano warns, “Monsanto is bankrupting famers and causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity and beehive collapse. Their practices pose a very real threat to organic farming and loss of native plants and are creating dependency on a centralized food system. In aggregate, this is a recipe for global famine.”

An open letter from world scientists to all governments concerning GMOs, signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, details their concern regarding GMOs and a call for immediate five-year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.”

GMOs have been banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, France and Switzerland.

For more information and event details, visit LabelGMOS.org/RealFoodForAll. To read the World Scientists Statement, visit I-SIS.org.uk/list.php.

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