reported on 16 March 2011 that the U.S. government had approved a Monsanto GMO seed test right across America.
Washington gave the go-ahead to test a man-made corn variant which apparently can thrive in dry, unfavorable conditions.
reports that on Friday, Occupy Monsanto said "enough is enough" and got out on the streets of Washington, DC in protest over what they say are corrupt ties between the American government and Monsanto. They now refer to Congress as "a Genetically Modified Congress"
The Monsanto Corporation is based in the American Midwest and appears to be taking over agriculture in a big way with its genetically modified crops. Occupy Monsanto believe that these genetically modified seeds are not only unnatural but are toxic. Small farmers are being put out of business by the agro-giant as they either cannot compete with Monsanto, or have been sued by the corporation for "patent infringement" when seeds have blown on to their lands. When they lose their cases in court, they also lose their farms.
The Occupy Monsanto protesters will be in the streets of Washington over this weekend to make their voices heard.
A representative of Occupy Monsanto
, Ariel Vegosen made a statement that: "In the name of Wall Street profits, chemical corporations such as Monsanto genetically engineer crops to withstand high doses of their toxic weed killers that contaminate our food and water, and have not been proven safe.”
Vergosen is also a member of the GCU, or Genetic Crimes Unit, which is allied to the Occupy movement.
The movement is accusing Monsanto of not only buying out small farms that cannot compete with the agro-giant, but also of "buying off Congress" to spread the usage of their genetically modified crops.
“We deserve to know what we are eating,” adds Vegosen. “Virtually every major country requires labeling of GMOs in foods so their citizens can make informed choices, including all of Europe, Japan and even China. Monsanto's lobbying dollars are pouring into politicians so it’s clear we have a GMO contaminated US Congress that threatens our health and the health of the planet.”
The group protested on Friday outside of the Cannon Building in Washington's Capitol Hill. GMU officers, wearing hazmat suits identified victims of genetic crimes.
The Occupy group also held demonstrations in other areas on Friday including Seattle, Los Angeles, Winnepeg and Düsseldorf, Germany.
An even larger worldwide protest is set to happen in September - Occupy Monsanto says that it will be a day the biotech firm will never forget.