On the 12th of October, the March on Monsanto started at the White House and marched to the IMF and World Bank as they held their Fall Meetings They then marched to Monsanto’s I St lobbying headquarters.
The march gathering at the White House was a reminder of Obama’s failed promise to label foods containing genetically-modified organisms or GMO’s. The visit to the IMF and World Bank was to remind them during the Fall Meetings to ignore the offers of bribes from the Monsanto executives who no doubt have descended like flies on the meetings. Delegates from outside the US filed past the protest, with some asking them to make sure Monsanto’s products were kept out of their countries. This was followed by the visit to Monsanto’s DC lobbying headquarters, where lobbyists conspire to bribe members of Congress and others who can do damage to their crooked business model.
Two hours earlier, some of the activists showed up at the Home Depot dressed as bees, asking Home Depot to stop selling Monsanto products like Roundup. Although Roundup is probably not a bee-killer, neo-nicotinoid insecticide is, and it is sold by Monsanto to Bayer, whose downstream insecticides based on this product are contributing to wholesale loss of bee colonies. Roundup is one of the few consumer products directly manufactured by Monsanto, so a campaign to get it off store shelves both benefits the soil and puts pressure on Monsanto.
A LOT of cops were present at Home Depot, making any plans to enter the store for a “die-in” impossible. Too many details had been published, so cops knew where to go. A nearby but off-site gathering point could have prevented this. As it was, protesters stayed outside and gave out every flier they had. The Home Depot presence was followed up with a similar action in front of the Giant on the other side of the lot, where a lot of genetically-modified food is sold. Customers have no way of knowing by looking at the product if it is a GMO unless they either are buying something for which no Geneticvally-altered versions exist, or pay hugh higher prices for organic. Those high prices come from segregated handling, plus selling to an upscale market for the highest price the buyers will pay. Groceries sold 20 years ago did not have GMOs and did not cost what organic costs today!