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article imageMarch against Monsanto: Kingston, Jamaica, May 25, 2013 Special

By Anne Sewell     May 26, 2013 in World
Kingston - As the March against Monsanto hit the streets of almost 400 cities in around 40 countries worldwide, a small group of people in Kingston, Jamaica did their part and got involved too.
On Betty Ann Blaine's Facebook page, she makes this very strong statement:
"Next to the threat of nuclear war, the threat of GMO's is the single most dangerous threat to humanity - to the future of our children, grandchildren, and generations to come."
Betty Ann explained that the turnout for the March against Monsanto in Kingston was small. This is because most Jamaicans are not familiar with the term "GMO" or genetically modified organism. Few have even heard about Monsanto, the pesticide and seed giant.
Kingston  Jamaica joined in the March against Monsanto on May 25  2013 - Betty Ann Blaine
Kingston, Jamaica joined in the March against Monsanto on May 25, 2013 - Betty Ann Blaine
Betty Ann Blaine
However, Betty Ann and her friend Dickie Crawford run a radio show, "Blaine & Crawford", and they decided to start a public education campaign about GMO's and to publicize the event.
They both got out on the street, spending time with the people, explaining what the various terms involved with GMO's mean.
March against Monsanto in Kingston:
Dickie Crawford says that around 50-70 persons attended the event over the period from 9 am to 12 noon, and everyone participated in one way or another in the demonstration.
However, there was a live audience of some 3,000 people, as the event was held in front of a main bus transport centre in Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica.
March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
Dickie Crawford
The march itself was around the Half Way Tree square, which is in the centre of the city of Kingston. The march started from the steps of a big building society, and returned to the square.
March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
Dickie Crawford
Main slogans seen in the march, and shown in the photos in this article, were "NO GMOS", "NO GMO FOOD". "LABEL GMOS NOW", "GMO POISONS", "STOP MONSANTO".
People chanted the same, and held discussions with the public and passers-by.
On a fun note, people were heard to say, "me know dat long time GMO not good for you".
And as Dickie says, "In fact, Jamaicans wondered if Monsanto was run by mentally deranged people as we can't understand why any corporation or government would do this to humans for profit. Other, how could the US President do this to us??"
March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
Dickie Crawford
No doubt with continued information and education from Betty Ann and Dickie, the people of Jamaica will become more informed on the subject and future protests will be well attended.
Although the event was small compared to other venues in the world, they are very proud to be numbered among the countries which participated.
Kingston  Jamaica joined in the March against Monsanto on May 25  2013.
Kingston, Jamaica joined in the March against Monsanto on May 25, 2013.
Betty Ann Blaine
March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
Dickie Crawford
March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
Dickie Crawford
Other articles on the March against Monsanto, May 25, 2013:
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March against Monsanto: A worldwide protest, May 25, 2013
March against Monsanto: Toronto, Canada saw 2,000 in the streets
March against Monsanto: Cape Town, South Africa, May 25, 2013
March against Monsanto: In the streets of Maui & Oahu, Hawaii
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