On the 25th of May, there were March against Monsanto events all over Turtle Island and elsewhere. One of them was here in DC, a march from the White House to Monsanto, to the Washinton Post, and back. The march stretched for three blocks in the streets, it was the largest protest ever in DC against GMO foods.
A “Die-in” in front of Monsanto’s door symbolized food poisoning. It also symoblized the wholesale destruction of honeybees by Monsanto’s insecticide-producing crops. One speaker explained how Monsanto stopped a beekeeper from digging into this by arranging to have all theuir hives seized by the state for suposed infection with a bacterium they did not have. In response beekeepers in that area have largely been driven underground, never registering their colonies so they don’t end up in Monsanto’s basement.
The march was expected, the doors were locked and the office closed for the weekend, foreclosing on any opportunities to storm the building.
On the other hand, the march contained a number of families with small children, who could not have safely participated in a storming of Monsanto. Every tool in the toolbox has its place.
For much of the rally at Monsanto, there was an open mike using the sound system. I took advantage of the opportunity to explain how systematic attacks on “test plots” of GMO’s in Europe have generated “political risk” and driven Monsanto, Cargill, etc from many parts of Europe.
Although their products are banned in European food supplies, experiments with GMOs are legal in many European countries. The only thing is, so many of these “test plots” have been destoryed that investors now shun European GMO research and students don’t enter the field. Thus, the power of “political risk” to shut down GMO production. Monsanto could soon find themselves the Huntingdon Life Sciences of agriculture if the campaign against them continues to grow!