The March Against Monsanto has seen millions in 436 cities in 52 countries challenging biotech corporations and protesting against genetically modified foods, which despite bans in some states due to potential health hazards remain legal in many others.
23:01 GMT: Marches against the biotechnology giant Monsanto have taken place in 436 cities across 52 countries with an estimated total number of participants standing at over two million, the organizers of the global event said.
“If I had gotten 3,000 people to join me, I would have considered that a success,” founder and organizer Tami Canal said. Instead, she said two million responded to her message.
22:41 GMT: Over 2,500 people have marched against Monsanto in Las Vegas.
22:37 GMT: In order to take full control of the global
food chain the world’s largest owner of patents on seeds Monsanto
is lobbying, bribing, suing small farmers out of business and
altering scientific research, geopolitical analyst F. William Engdahl told
22:17 GMT: Thousands swarmed near the Monsanto lobbying headquarters in Washington DC. Some of the protesters had dressed as bees and pretended to have died at the office's doors.
22:02 GMT: Hundreds flooded the streets of Florida calling on the US government to stop lobbying for biotechnology giants.
21:49 GMT: Dozens have marched through Columbus, Ohio.
21:37 GMT: Over 500 people marched through downtown Anchorage, Alaska, bearing signs with slogans like “I’m not a scientific experiment” and “Demand GMO Labels.”
21:12 GMT: Chile has joined the protest against the
agricultural giant with marches and other events taking place in in
Santiago and several other cities.
Local organizer of the “March Against Monsanto”, Tami Monroe Canal, told The Santiago Times that she started the movement to protect her two little daughters.
“As a parent I just can’t stand by and not do anything to protect my children as well as their friends and the generation they are a part of,” she said. “I just really worry about my kids’ future. Their health, their longevity, their fertility.”
Monsanto first began its operations in Chile in 2005 by purchasing Seminis Vegetable Seeds, a company that sold some 3,500 seed varieties to more than 150 countries. Currently Monsanto owns seed production and packaging plants in Melipilla, Viluco and Paine and experimental plants in Arica, Santa Julia, Rancagua and Temuco.
20:53 GMT: Hundreds of people gathered in Savannah in the US state of Georgia to join the global protest against Monsanto.
20:39 GMT: Thousands protested near the Sacramento State
Capitol in California. The event featured magnificent traditional
20:27 GMT: Dozens have gathered in front of Monsanto office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dancing and protesting GMO crops. Monsanto’s largest factory in Latin America is located in Argentina, and the company invests millions into new “experimental facilities.”
20:19 GMT: Over 6,000 people have marched in Portland expressing their frustration with the biotech giant Monsanto.
20:11 GMT: Over 500 activists gathered in Dallas chanting “No more lies! No more greed! We don't want your toxic seed!”
20:05 GMT: The Vancouver March Against Monsanto is part
of an international movement that aims to raise awareness about the
impacts of genetically modified organisms in food.
Marchers gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery beginning at 11 a.m. local time before making their way through the city.
Fearing the massive effect genetic engineering has both on the environment and health, marchers have demanded that companies be forced to label foods containing GMOs.
“There’s a growing body of evidence indicating that genetically modified crops are not benign; they affect both our health and the environment,” Global BC cites Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group member, Zac Hambrook, as saying in a statement.
19:58 GMT: “What do we want? Labels! When do we want em’? Now!” The March Against Monsanto making its way through downtown Cincinnati Ohio.
19:50 GMT: From the East Bay to California's largest city San Diego, anti-Monsanto protests have swept through the Golden State.
19:40 GMT: Hundreds gather in San Francisco's Union Square to take part in the nationwide as well as global march against Monsanto.
19:30 GMT: Activists in Olympia, Washington organized a
march to the state capitol and onward to help take back control of
their food supply. Alliance for Global Justice, an organizer behind
the march, said 888 people had initially signed up to attend the
poor weather conditions might have dissuaded many from turning
19:00 GMT: RT’s Anastasia Churkina is following the protests from New York.
RT’s Anastasia Churkina is following the protests from New York.May 25, 2013
18:55 GMT: Environmental groups across America have blamed companies like Monsanto for the drastic decline in the honey bee population over recent years, saying the pesticides they produce have killed off millions of the vital insect in recent years. Monsanto plans to host a "Bee Summit" in June to discuss solutions to the bee’s North American demise. "Everybody is concerned by it," Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robert Fraley told Reuters.
18:45 GMT: Several thousand protesters marched through the streets of Vienna, Austria to rally against the US seed giant and GMO products.
18:18 GMT: Several hundred protesters have amassed outside the White House to demand the Obama administration change its policy towards Monsanto. In March, President Obama signed the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, which "effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”
17:58 GMT: Protesters in Los Angeles have evoked the
sweeping horrors of the French Revolution to show their disapproval
for Monsanto’s practices.
17:40 GMT: #MarchAgainstMonsanto is surging on Twitter
despite the virtual mainstream media blackout on the global day of
17:37 GMT: Several dozens protesters have come out in Wichita, Kansas to take part in the worldwide call to "take back our food."
17:28GMT: Protesters are starting to fill up Chicago’s Federal Plaza, which is home to a regular farmers market, to take part in one of many anti-Monsanto protests being held throughout the United States.
17:10 GMT: Dozens of demonstrators have gathered in Novi Sad, Serbia’s second largest city, to take part in the global action against Monsanto.
17:00 GMT: A small group of protesters have gathered outside of the Central Academic Theatre of the Russian Army on Suvorov Square to demand a “Russia without GMO!”
16:00 GMT: Several hundred people gathered in Paris for a
peaceful protest against the US agrochemical giant Monsanto. A sit
in demonstration was held on the Place du Trocadéro square, across
the Seine from the Eifel Tower. Protesters could be seen waving
signs claiming “"Monsanto plunders and kills the farmers and the
15:40 GMT: Japanese protesters earlier gathered outside Monsanto’s headquarters in Tokyo to chant down the company’s influence on the world’s food supply.