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There will be a March Against Monsanto on Saturday, May 25th that involves 286 cities in 36 countries, including 39 cities in Canada. 


Why March Against Monsanto?

  • In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, which is seen as a questionable conflict of interest and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GE products.
  • Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically engineered foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
  • Recently, the U.S. Congress and President Obama collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds.
  • Organizers feel that Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism for too long. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
  •  Monsanto’s GM seeds are harmful to the environment. For example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world’s bee population.

Solutions Being Advocated at the March:

  • Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
  • Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
  • Repealing relevant provisions of the U.S.’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”
  • Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
  • Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
  • Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets.
  • Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly.

Information on the protests in the 39 cities in Canada out of the 286 cities worldwide where the Monsanto protests will occur can be found at cities number 88 to 126 on the list at the following website:



jerrym wrote:
That's why we need more than voluntary labeling in North America. The Vermont legislation is the first step in that direction.

Maybe with the legislation in Vermont, Whole Foods sees the writing on the wall anyways and is trying to prepare.

It will make good marketing for them in the long run. With the concerns about GMOs out there, can you imagine the pressure this would place on other retailers to follow suit?



Updates, links and research documents will be added to this article March Against Monsanto on May 25, 2013 as time permits. Check back often and please email with any new information.

One of the most important issues facing people all over the world is Food – the production, safety and availability of Food. Gone are the days when one could purchase either seeds or food without the strong possibility that agenetic modification was made to the seeds or food they purchased. Seed Cultivation is increasingly falling under the corporate ownership of Monsanto – the details of which will astound the reader.

What is happening globally is a complete takeover of seed cultivation and food production, threatening the very existence of what was once genetically pure seed stock and food, having been grown and selected in a natural process of allowing Nature to modify the plant or organism and then selecting the  best to save, distribute and grow.

Due to the disastrous experimentation and corporate legislation that has occurred over the last few decades, the threat to humanities ability to consume “Natural Food” also referred to as Heirloom Seed, is under such threat, that a grassroots movement is now taking shape called March Against Monsanto which begins May 25th, 2013 and is taking on a global dimension.



Filmakers to March Against Monsanto (Montreal)Saturday, May 25th, thousands of people will come together in their city or country to rally and demonstrate against Monsanto Corporation. We are looking for short film makers across 6 different cities in U.S. and Canada to document the "March Against Monsanto" as part of a co-op documentary being put together about the subject. We want each film maker to capture the rally in their own style of film making so that there is a real contrast throughout this film varying from location to location. Will encourage documenting participant interviews before, during and after the rally. The documentary is supposed to share the common voice of the people in completely different locations and help deliver the message of the Occupy Monsanto movement and also demonstrate that if six film makers who are complete strangers with the same common goals can come together to produce this film we can all work together and overcome the battle against Monsanto.

Please email reply if interested on being a part of this documentary and we can discuss the details including your past experience in making short films.

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Top 10 reasons to join the March Against Monsanto tomorrow! (Saturday, May 25, 2013)


Worldwide March against Monsanto this Saturday


So just why are 46 countries marching against the agricultural corporation giant Monsanto on Saturday, May 25? And why does the U.S. have the most marches at 221?

Because the people are fed up with corporate control of our food, are fed up with being told that they can’t plant their own seeds, because the health concerns of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is growing, and because Monsanto has now been given blanket immunity from court prosecutions.



On Saturday, May 25th, folks around the world will be marching against Monsanto.

Here’s why people are marching. And here.

(Remember, Monsanto’s genetically engineered foods have allegedly been linked to obesitycancer,liver failureinfertility and all sorts of other diseases. Brief, must-watch videos here and here).

Find a local march here.

And download the Buycott app – so you can avoid buying Monsanto products – here

Image by AnthonyFreda.




You can use the buycott app to avoid buying Monsanto or other products that you oppose.  See


Have you ever wondered whether the money you spend ends up funding causes you oppose?

A buycott is the opposite of a boycott. Buycott helps you to organize your everyday consumer spending so that it reflects your principles.

Example: During the SOPA/PIPA debate in 2012, a number of companies pushed to pass legislation that reduced online freedom of expression, while other companies fought hard to oppose the legislation. With Buycott, a campaign can be quickly created around a cause, with the goal of targeting companies with a boycott unless they change their position, or buycotting a company to show your support.

When you use Buycott to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand (and who owns that company, ad infinitum). It will then cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands included in the campaigns you've joined, in order to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments.

Your timeline displays a history of your participation, from the campaigns that you've joined to the barcodes you scanned.Look for a campaign that is organized around a cause you care about. If you can't find what you're looking for, you can create a campaign.Scan product barcodes and Buycott will discover what product you scanned and who owns it.Buycott then uses it's unique understanding of company relationships to discover if the product conflicts with any of the campaigns you've joined.Now you know where the product's owners stand on issues that matter to you. Crowdsourced contact information makes it easy to give feedback to the company.





Thanks for the buycott link Jerry!  I will definitely give this a shot and share it with others.


Thanks for the acknowledgement Kara. Keep spreading the word. The following article discusses the March Against Monsanto occurring in 286 cities worldwide (including 39 in Canada) today and mentions GM labeling legislation passed in Vermont (discussed in post #44 by epaulo) and another legislative vote in Connecticut earlier this month. 


State legislatures in Vermont and Connecticut moved ahead this month with a vote to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages. And supermarket retailer Whole Foods Markets Inc. has said that all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018.

Whole Foods says there is growing demand for products that don't use GMOs, with sales of products with a "Non-GMO" verification label spiking between 15 per cent and 30 per cent.

The movement is starting to have an impact in markets and legislatures. 


Not enough attention is paid to GMO crops.  I have family members with illnesses related to these crops so I am well aware of how hazardous they are to one's health.  I am constantly dismayed that much of the public does not seem to have any concern about the lack of proper labelling on our food supply.


What if I'm buycotting Apple products?  (Is it available for Android?)


Michelle, it is available for Android 2.2 and up through Google Play:


In addition to 39 cities in Canada, there were Marches Against Monsanto in 51 other countries in a total of 436 cities with two million participants worldwide. Not bad for a movement that only began organizing this at the end of February. 


Organizers say two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the U.S. and in over 50 other countries on Saturday.

"March Against Monsanto" protesters say they wanted to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. Founder and organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries.

Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified. But some say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment. The use of GMOs has been a growing issue of contention in recent years, with health advocates pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified products even though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe.

The 'March Against Monsanto' movement began just a few months ago, when Canal created a Facebook page on Feb. 28 calling for a rally against the company's practices.

"If I had gotten 3,000 people to join me, I would have considered that a success," she said Saturday. Instead, she said two million responded to her message.

Together with Seattle blogger and activist Emilie Rensink and Nick Bernabe of, Canal worked with A digital anarchy to promote international awareness of the event. She called the turnout "incredible," and credited social media for being a vehicle for furthering opportunities for activism. Despite the size of the gatherings, Canal said she was grateful that the marches were uniformly peaceful and no arrests have been reported.



I went to the Kitchener protest today and there was about 300 people there. All good and really appreciate the app for the phone. I posted it to my FB page and I will be downloading the app.

At the protest i received a print out list of food companies to avoid because of their association with GMO foods. Having the app is much better.


March Against Monsanto Toronto


An estimated 1000 plus people took part in the peaceful march today taking over St. James Park and major intersections in downtown Toronto.

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Vancouver joins global day of protest against Monsanto, GMOs


Hundreds of people swarmed Vancouver’s streets Saturday, taking aim at genetically modified foods – and one of their largest manufacturers – as part of a worldwide day of protest.

Chants of “Say no to GMO!” could be heard as protesters braved the rain to speak out against genetically modified foods and their potentially harmful effects on health.

“Human beings have never eaten these before,” said protester Warren Brander. “We don’t have enough studies to say if they’re safe or not. I wouldn’t want my family eating them.”

Brander said one of the protests’ goals is for the federal government to introduce mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.

“I feel like that’s a basic right to know,” he said.

Many European countries already force manufacturers to label GMO foods, but it’s practically impossible for Canadians to know if what they’re eating has been genetically enhanced.

“It doesn’t give us an option as a consumer as to whether we want to consume those types of foods,” said Cherie Doucette. “It’s important to come out here and show that the average citizen, it’s important to them.”

Aside from lobbying the government, protesters said they were also calling out one of the largest producers of modified seed – Monsanto – for having a monopoly on much of the world’s food supply.

“I think if people are given the choice of buying GMO or non-GMO, then it will take the power away from Monsanto,” an unnamed protester said. “If they know what they’re buying, they’ll certainly make the right choice, and educated choice.”

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March Against Monsanto Bueno Aires, Argentina


A man with a cat on his shoulder wears a mask covered by the words in Spanish "Transgenic, cancer/death" as he protests the use of genetically modified food near the offices of U.S.-based seed giant Monsanto, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, May 25, 2013. Activists are taking part in a global protest "March Against Monsanto," demanding a stop to the use of agrochemicals and the production of genetically modified food, which according to them has harmful health effects, causing cancer, infertility and other diseases. Marches and rallies against seed giant Monsanto were held across the U.S. and in dozens of other countries Saturday. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)



March Against Monsanto - Edmonton




Calgarians gather for 'March Against Monsanto'

Calgary March against Monsanto

A crowd gathers at Saturday afternoon's March against Monsanto near city hall


    A massive rally against genetically modified food was held at locations throughout the world on Saturday including a protest march beginning on the steps of Calgary’s city hall.

    Hundreds of Calgarians took part in the demonstration against seed giant Monsanto.




    March Against Monsanto Paris

    Anti-genetically modified organism (GMO) activists gather on the Trocadero square near the Eiffel tower during a demonstration against GMOs and US chemical giant Monsanto on May 25, 2013 in Paris.

    Anti-genetically modified organism (GMO) activists gather on the Trocadero square near the Eiffel tower during a demonstration against GMOs and US chemical giant Monsanto on May 25, 2013 in Paris.



    Protesters Around World March Against Monsanto


    People carry signs during a protest against Monsanto in Montpelier, USA. Photo / AP

    People carry signs during a protest against Monsanto in Montpelier, USA. 

    Marches and rallies against seed giant Monsanto were held across the US and in dozens of other countries Saturday.

    "March Against Monsanto" protesters say they want to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. Marches were planned for more than 250 cities around the globe, according to organizers.

    Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified. But some say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.

    In the U.S., hundreds of people held marches in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. In Washington, D.C., protesters wearing yellow-and-black shirts lay on the sidewalk in a bee die-in outside Monsanto's headquarters. Abroad, protests took place in London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Vienna, Durban, South Africa, and Melbourne, Australia, among other places. In Cairo, a female protester held up a sign reading "I am not a science experiment." ...

    The Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. ...

    However, state legislatures in Vermont and Connecticut moved ahead this month with votes to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages. 


    Follow resistance to Monsanto across the whole world with one simple clic on the region of your choice. 
    A country by country location guide to the GMO invasion. (Best Global Site for Information on problems and counteractions that I have seen)

    (Click on the world map in a specific location at the website below and you will be told what is happening in the country or region - Africa comes up first but if you click on North America or any other region on the map you will get information on what is happening there)



    In addition to a global ban on GMOs, the March Against Monsanto movement is also calling for: buying organic produce and boycotting Monsanto-supplied companies (see a list below), labelling foods with GMOs, repealing the relevant provisions of the U.S. "Monsanto Protection Act," and further scientific research into the health affects of GMOs.

    Anonymous has tweeted this list of Monsanto-supplied companies, urging people not to buy their products:


    March Against Monsanto: Millions Participate in Global Day Of Protest Against the Biotech Giant

    (This website has pictures and videos from Vienna, Brisbane Australia, Tokyo, South Africa, Melbourne Australia, Paris, San Diego and San Francisco -  take a look at the incredible size of the crowd in the Vienna video (Wien in German))


    Despite the distinct lack of coverage of the march in much of the mainstream media, there is widespread coverage of the movement on Twitter (under hashtag #MarchAgainstMonsanto) and on some news websites such as Russia Today. Below are some highlights from the protests around the world.


    Video: March against Monsanto On Saturday, people in Saskatoon marched in opposition of Monsanto as part of a global day of protest against the multinational agricultural biotech company.


    Montrealers join global anti-GMO protest


    Several hundred marchers braved chilly, rainy weather Saturday afternoon to protest against genetically modified food and Monsanto, the giant agricultural seed company.

    They were among thousands taking part in March Against Monsanto rallies in more than 250 cities around the world to express concern about the health and environmental effect of genetically modified organisms.

    “Our goal is to get the government to make GMO-labelling mandatory to protect people,” said the spokesperson for the Montreal march, an artist who goes by the name Legal Tender.

    “People have a right to know what’s in their food.”

    Protesters, who also took to the streets in Quebec City and Sherbrooke, also called on governments to “tighten the process of approval and control of GMO’s and (to) promote and financially support more ecologically sound agriculture in Quebec.”

    The Montreal rally began at Dorchester Square, with a contingent of Raging Grannies singing anti-Monsanto songs.

    A woman holds a sign as people gather for the global march against Monsanto and genetically modified foods in downtown Montreal on Saturday. A few thousand people marched in Montreal in cold and rainy weather against the agricultural biotechnology company.

     A woman holds a sign as people gather for the global march against Monsanto and genetically modified foods in downtown Montreal on Saturday. A few thousand people marched in Montreal in cold and rainy weather against the agricultural biotechnology company.


    The Raging Grannies were at the Montreal protest against GMOs and Monsanto.

    The Raging Grannies were at the Montreal protest against GMOs and Monsanto. (CBC)Facebook349Twitter33Share382EmailRelated Stories


     Great Video of March Against Monsanto in Tokyo at



    Video: Marh Against Monsanto Mexico City


    Video: Ottawa Parliament Hill March Against Monsanto


    Video: New York City March Against Monsanto


    Cairo participates in global protests 

    Protesters by the ministry of agriculture demonstrating against multinational conglomerate Monsanto  (Photo By Luiz Sanchez )

    Protesters by the ministry of agriculture demonstrating against multinational conglomerate Monsanto




    Video: March Against Monsanto -- May 25th, Halifax and Agent Orange


    Video: March against #Monsanto Berlin - Speech of Heidi



    Video: HALE'IWA Hawaii GMO Against MONSANTO MARCH 3-2-2013


    Video: Vandana Shiva Speaks about A March against Monsanto is a March for Life and Freedom - 25th May 2013


    Video: GMOs Your Need To Know - March Against Monsanto - 25th May 2013


    India vs. Monsanto: seeds of discord - India Charges Monsanto with Biopiracy (includes a video)


    For the first time ever, a country - India - is accusing a multinational company of "bio-piracy". That means stealing indigenous plants, and then trying to develop genetically modified versions of them, without giving any compensation back to the local people or nation where the plant originally came from. Our reporters travelled to one of the affected areas and spoke to those who say it's their environment which has been stolen.


    Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France March 9, 2012


    In a major victory for public health and what will hopefully lead to other nations taking action, a French court decided today that GMO crops monster Monsanto is guilty of chemically poisoning a French farmer. The grain grower, Paul Francois, says he developed neurological problems such as memory loss and headaches after being exposed to Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller back in 2004. The monumental case paves the way for legal action against Monsanto’s Roundup and other harmful herbicides and pesticides made by other manufacturers.

    In a ruling given by a court in Lyon (southeast France), Francois says that Monsanto failed to provide proper warnings on the product label. The court ordered an expert opinion to determine the sum of the damages, and to verify the link between Lasso and the reported illnesses. The case is extremely important, as previous legal action taken against Monsanto by farmers has failed due to the challenge of properly linking pesticide exposure with the experienced side effects.

    When contacted by ReutersMonsanto’s lawyers declined to comment.

    Monsanto’s Deadly Concoctions

    Farmer Paul Francois was not alone in his quest to hold Monsanto accountable for their actions. He and other farmers affected by Monsanto’s deadly concoctions actually founded an association last year to make the case that their health problems were a result of Monsanto’s Lasso and other ‘crop protection’ products. Their claims were also met by many other farmers. Since 1996, the agricultural branch of the French social security system has gathered about 200 alerts per year regarding sickness related to pesticides. However only 47 cases were even recognized in the past 10 years.

    Francois, whose life was damaged by Monsanto’s products, has now set the powerful precedent in the defense of farmers.

    “I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this,” Francois, 47, told Reuters.

    It is also important to note that Monsanto’s Lasso pesticide was actually banned in France back in 2007 following a European Union directive that came after the ban of the product in other nations.


    Videos: Monsanto's Bloodless Coup in Paraguay 2012






    Video: Protest against Monsanto - Dublin, Ireland. May 2013


    Video: March against Monsanto London England 25th May



    Video: Monsanto vs. 5,000,000 Brazilian Small Farmers Lawsuit and the Monsanto/FDA Revolving Door


    The agriculture giant Monsanto says their mission is improving agriculture and improving lives. Monsanto, the world's second largest producer of genetically modified seeds, has waged war on small farmers by suing hundreds of them over alleged patent infringement. But in Brazil, farmers are suing the company because they say that Monsanto claims unfair annual royalties for renewal harvest of their seeds. Shelly Roche of ByteStyle.TV joins us with her take on the case.

    The video also discusses later on how the revolving door relationship between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Monsanto works and Monsanto's attitude to food safety:


    Phil Angel, Monsanto Director of Corporate Communications, said "Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the the FDA's job."

    But Michael Taylor, a former Vice President of Monsanto, is head advisor at FDA. What can we do if there is a revolving door between Monsanto and the FDA?


    Below is a great summary of why the March Against Monsanto had a global reach to such a diverse range of people.


    The worldwide March Against Monsanto this past Saturday was no mere political demonstration. Rather, it was a worldwide mobilization against corporate greed, the assault on our health and environment, and the oppression of small farmers. ...

    However, some might wonder, why such focus on Monsanto? After all, isn’t Monsanto merely one of many multinational corporations that damage our political, economic, environmental, and physical well-being?

    It’s true that Monsanto is not alone in promoting destructive technologies such as pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs – DuPont, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, and others are also culprits. However, due to its global dominance and ubiquity, Monsanto has become the rallying cry, the symbol for all that is wrong with our agricultural, political, and economic systems. ...

    One of the most troubling aspects of this issue is the myriad ways in which pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs are harmful to our health. Countless studies have been conducted over the years showing a definitive link between pesticides and cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. As reportedby Natural Health Magazine, “Glyphosphate (RoundUp) is found in weed killers and may cause cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nerve, and respiratory damage.” These dangerous effects of pesticides and herbicides are not always immediately apparent, often taking decades to fully develop. Therefore, despite the wealth of research, the extent of the problem is still very much underestimated.

    However, the problem is much greater in scope than simply the visible health effects. Pesticides and herbicides, the most popular of which is the Monsanto-manufactured RoundUp, often cancontaminate groundwater, negatively affecting livestock and agriculture that depend on clean water for survival. Additionally, the use of pesticides has been definitively linked to the growing epidemic of bee colony collapse, a troubling new trend that, if it persists, will have deadly ramifications for all of us as bees are responsible for pollinating at least one third of all the food humans consume.

    Perhaps the most controversial aspect of Monsanto and the other big Agribusiness corporations’ work is the production of genetically modified seeds. These seeds, either engineered to be resistant to pesticides such as RoundUp or to produce their own pesticides, are seen by many as a physical and environmental threat. As Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology has explained:

    "The genetic engineering process creates massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant's DNA. Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their behavior. Even the inserted gene can be damaged or rearranged, and may create proteins that can trigger allergies or promote disease." ...

    Beyond the environmental and physical damage caused by Monsanto and its corporate co-conspirators, there is the fact that small farmers all over the world are being forced or otherwise coerced into a submissive and servile position in relation to the corporate bullies on the block.

    One way in which Monsanto, DuPont, et al dominate small farmers is through the monopolization of the seed supply. Using their teams of lawyers, these corporations have managed to patent the seeds and genetic codes within those seeds and, by introducing them into the seed supply, force farmers to buy their seeds season after season, or risk facing crippling litigation.

    Rural peasants in India and South Africa, Brazil and Mexico, and many other parts of the developing world, are being forced into this deadly corporate system. Without the means to defend themselves, and with governments that often act as willing executors of the demands of powerful corporations such as Monsanto and others, the rural peasant class has no choice but to use the GMO seeds. The health and environmental impact of this shift, along with the destruction of traditional indigenous methods of agriculture, is being painfully expressed throughout the world.



    [url=]GMO: God Move Over[/url]


    A consequence of making technology an end rather than a means is ignoring its impacts and failing to take responsibility for the harm it does to nature and people. The ultimate expression of irresponsibility is to create immunity for those who cause harm. A recent example is the Monsanto Protection Act in the US which allows agricultural companies such as Monsanto to ignore court orders against selling genetically-engineered seeds. Similarly, the Government of India has prepared a draft bill to establish the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI). According to the bill, the authority will be an autonomous and statutory agency to regulate the research, transport, import, manufacture and use of organisms and products of modern biotechnology.

    GMO today means “god move over”. But genetic engineering in not a game of Lego in which genes can be moved around without any impact on the organism or the environment. It is time to put nature and people back in the technology narrative. It is time to see technology as a tool, and not an end that defines a new fundamentalist religion through which corporations become the new gods.


    Connecticut Passes First GMO Labeling Legislation In U.S.: What Happens Now?

    Not GMO labels, surprisingly. At least not yet.


    Monsanto, Bayer, and every other company involved in the genetically modified food business breathed an (expensive) sigh of relief when California’s voters failed last year to pass Proposition 37, an initiative that would have required many food items to come with labeling if they contained ingredients "made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways." That bill failed, thanks in large part to the multi-million dollar campaign waged by Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Pepsico, Bayer, Nestle, and other corporations that would prefer to have GMOs unlabeled.

    But GMO legislation is turning into a game of Whac-a-Mole: kill one bill and another pops up in its place. The latest news comes from Connecticut, which is set to pass the first GMO labeling bill in the country--with a few big caveats. The bill will require producers to label products sold in the state that contain GMO ingredients, but there is a catch. It only goes into effect if other states come along for the ride.

    The press release for the bill explains: "House Bill 6527 – An Act Concerning Genetically-Engineered Food, will require producers to label genetically-engineered food in Connecticut as long as four states from the New England region with an aggregate population of 20 million also adopt a labeling provision. One of the four states must border Connecticut."

    The state defines GMO products as "food that is intended for human consumption and seed that is intended to produce food for human consumption, which has been genetically altered by scientists to improve its ability to grow in non-native environments, resist pests, tolerate extreme weather conditions, produce more food (like milk in cows), or show other desired traits." And the "New England region" includes New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (it’s more appropriately called the northeast region in the actual text of the bill).

    It seems like a cop-out; why can’t Connecticut take the lead on this thing and just ask companies to label their foods now? The state could do that, of course, and companies would have to comply. But waiting for larger neighboring states to pass legislation of their own would lead to larger, perhaps even country-wide, changes. California is large enough that if Prop 37 had passed, it would have basically been a mandate for companies to label GMO products across the U.S.--it would simply be easier that way. A set of bills from the northeast states with 20 million residents in total (California’s population is just over 38 million) would be nearly as powerful.

    In April, the Organic Consumers Association compiled a list of 25 states working on GMO laws. These include a handful of the applicable states where GMO labeling bills are up for discussion, including New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts (there are five GMO-related bills being looked at), and Rhode Island. A GMO labeling amendment was recently defeated in Vermont, but New York just introduced two GMO-labeling bills late last month. And Arran Stephens, a major supporter of Prop 37 as well as the CEO and cofounder of Nature’s Path, is pushing for a GMO labeling bill to get on the November ballot in Washington State. Whac-a-mole.

    Paul Towers, the organizing and media director at Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), speculates that much of this momentum comes from California’s Prop 37. He explains: "Prop 37 gave the food and farming movement a vehicle, an opportunity to talk about what was wrong with the entire food system, especially around genetically engineered seeds and crops."

    But Monsanto and other companies with a vested interest in keeping food products unlabeled will keep on fighting. They certainly have a lot of support in Washington, which may for now be enough to keep the growing anti-GMO movement down. "I do think we will see a tipping point," says Towers. "Really, it’s just a matter of time."



    On June 12th, Maine became the second US state to pass mandatory GMO food labelling legislation in its Senate by a vote of 35-0. It had already passed the Maine House of Representatives by a vote of 141-4. However, Monsanto is threatening to sue states that pass similar laws. Maine's law will not come into effect until five states that border each other have passed similar legislation. Twenty other states are currently considering such legislation. 


    For Maine, that means the GMO labeling will only go into effect if New Hampshire, the only state with which it shares a border, passes a similar law.

    The bill may face even greater challenges from the food industry, the Kennebec Journal reports:

    "Monsanto has threatened to sue states that pass similar labeling laws, which is one reason why lawmakers in several states are passing labeling legislation dependent on other states doing the same. The state compacts could help defray costs of a lawsuit."

    Connecticut is the only other state to have passed GMO labeling legislation, and similarly requires that four other state pass GMO labeling laws.

    Advocates of GMO labeling remain tentatively optimistic about such progress. "Neither bill is perfect," the Organic Consumer's Association wrote in an update about the bill. "But it just could turn out that the trigger clauses prompt other nearby states, including Vermont whose bill H.112 will be taken up in January, to follow suit."


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    On World Food Day, Saturday October 12, there will be a worldwide series of March Against Monsanto demonstrations. 

     In May, 2013, two million people participated in protest of GMOs in 52 countries. You can add your voice to the growing concern about the corporate take-over of the world food supply.

    The website below shows a list of the worldwide demonstration sites around the world as of September 26th (to be updated before October 12th), including 38 in Canada. Please spread the message and come out yourself.