|RT | May 21, 2017|
|Demonstrators holding posters reading "Monsanto Out" attend a protest against seeds company Monsanto in Santiago © Ivan Alvarado / Reuters|
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto,” the organizers of the 6th annual march said in a statement. http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/home/
The activists argue that “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.”
The movement’s website says work to organize rallies was carried out in more than 200 cities.
“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, a March Against Monsanto representative.
In the wake of the protests, Monsanto released a statement, in which the company welcomed different opinions on its practices, but stressed that it is proud of the work it is doing.
“The more than 20,000 people [at] Monsanto are committed to having an open dialogue about modern agriculture and how food is grown as we focus on using digital tools, data and research to find solutions that balance the need to feed people and protect the planet – we’re proud of the work we do, and we’re eager for people to know more about us,” the statement read.
The company said that it is committed to developing new tools “help the world’s farmers grow food using less of the earth’s natural resources.”
“We know people have different points of view on these topics, and it’s important that they’re able to express and share them,” Monsanto said of the protests.
Monsanto Canada’s public & industry affairs director, Trish Jordan, took to Twitter to defend the company’s flagship chemical, Roundup, claiming that there’s no scientific of proof of its main ingredient glyphosate being the cause of cancer.
Please quote me a reliable source. No scientific or regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate carcinogenic #checkyourfactshttps://t.co/HxjPr4AQRx— Trish Jordan (@aggiecoolchick) 20 мая 2017 г.
https://t.co/IOak2Eg4Uc RT MatthewPiers: Just a sunny spring day in Toronto. #MarchAgainstMonsantopic.twitter.com/s39vfSZ9vg— #Présidentielle2017 (@C2017DebouCracy) 20 мая 2017 г.
The Montreal rally was organized by Vigilance OGM group, whose motto is: “We are stronger than Monsanto.”
“With Nature, not against it!” said banners held by protesters in the southern French city of Bordeaux.
The Sunday Caramel Charlois2017 est sorti de presse! https://t.co/vwPNFTs756#marchagainstmonsanto#marchmay20— #Présidentielle2017 (@C2017DebouCracy) 20 мая 2017 г.
Marche #Marseille, #France. 20/05/17 #MarcheContreMonsanto#StopOGM#marchMay20#MarchAgainstMonsanto#MaM2017@MarchAgainstMpic.twitter.com/gwLkr4JgM3— Manuel Broquere (@Broquerefr) 20 мая 2017 г.
A march against Monsanto and Syngenta, a global Swiss agribusiness that produces agrochemicals and seeds, drew some 1,500 people in the Swiss city of Basel, local media reported.
Numerous protests against the agrochemical corporation were held across the US.
https://t.co/JnsnDhNMlo RT marko7085: #marchagainstmonsanto Miami proud, protesting for our worlds future pic.twitter.com/f3sTUChaqv— #Présidentielle2017 (@C2017DebouCracy) 20 мая 2017 г.
Today's @MarchAgainstM#WestPalmBeach! #MarchAgainstMonsanto#NoMonsanto#NoRoundup#NoGMO#GoOrganic#FoodLabelingpic.twitter.com/YTXI5DXw3A— Christelle (@PBHibiscus) 21 мая 2017 г.
#MarchAgainstMonsanto#Orlando@RachelsNews @wearechangeorlando @CancerTruthNews@JeffereyJaxen@JeffreyMSmithpic.twitter.com/BnjtYNMvpI— Robert Scott Bell (@rsbellmedia) 20 мая 2017 г.
Africa also joined in as crowds of demonstrators were shouting anti-Monsanto slogans in Ghana.