March Against Monsanto in Eugene, Oregon May 25, 2013

March Against Monsanto
May 25th, 2013

After the March Against Monsanto in Eugene on the 25th May, I decided it was time to put up a political post on my garden journal website.  Since I got so many really cool photos and videos, I couldn’t resist.   It’s no secret to my family and friends that I basically think that Monsanto is an evil corporation hell bent on world domination through the control of our seed supply.

“He who controls the seeds, controls the food supply,
and he who controls the food supply, controls the World.”

 I’m not sure who said that, but I believe it’s true, and more people need to be paying attention to what Monsanto and the bio tech companies are doing in terms of their GMO seeds and the chemicals they produce.  We all need to do whatever we can to limit the power and control they have over our congress and other world governments before it’s too late for humanity.  That’s why these marches are so important.  They bring attention to causes that the public might otherwise ignore as they isolate themselves within the perimeters of their personal lives and only tune in to issues that they are interested in or already agree with.  Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, gave 10 really good reasons why we should all participate in demonstrations and marches, especially against bio tech corporations like Monsanto.

http://www.naturalnews.com/040467_March_Against_Monsanto_GMO_rally.html

The Eugene rally took place at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in front of the court house.  I was blown away at the number of people who participated.  It was truly the best demonstration and protest march that I’ve ever been on; even better than the Occupy events and marches.   I was inspired to see so many passionate people fighting for the right to know what is in our food and to stand up for human and planetary health.  Before this demonstration, I really didn’t think that so many people cared that much.  Now I see that this is a growing movement comprised of every kind of person from every walk of life.  Monsanto may be able to buy off our congress and government, but the power of the people won’t be paid off!

In Eugene we had an estimated turnout of about a 2,500 people, and I heard on the news that there was an estimated 2 million people world wide who came out to demonstrate against Monsanto.   Most people still don’t have a clue about the history of Monsanto and what the problem is with their GMO seeds and chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the effects these have on our bee populations, but today I feel hopeful that this lack of awareness will change.  If the media would also do more reporting on Monsanto and GMOs, that would really get the information out there, and the general public would get educated faster, but I think it’s pretty clear that we have not had a responsible enough press in America for a long time.  Hummm, who controls them I wonder?  Thank God for the internet and other alternative radio and news sources or we’d be way more dumbed down as a society than we already are.  I was appalled to see not one mention in Sunday’s Register Guard about the local protest demonstration and march.  What’s with that?  Shame on you Register Guard! Shame on you mainstream media.  At least there was a little coverage on our local news station at KMTR.

 

Anyway, below are the links to a few of the videos I took with my little cheap Nikon.  Fortunately, You Tube has very good video correction technology, because they were able to correct a lot of the shakiness of the videos.   I trust that YouTube won’t do what Facebook did and censor some of the photos of children carrying protest signs because they fear legal action by Monsanto.  What’s with Facebook anyway?   If you’re interested in a really good interview that Mike Adams made with the mother of the autistic children whose photos were censored on Facebook then click on this link.  The mother in this interview has some incredible information to share:

http://www.naturalnews.com/040521_Facebook_censorship_autism.html

Here are my local videos:

Great Rap Song by one of Eugene’s most active activists (7:13):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KJVligtqVE

We Don’t Want Your GMOs Monsanto (:43):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7ssKSWSWWE

GMOs , You Know We’re Gonna Stop Them Now (3:28):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjcb_Pc0J94

Partial speech containing information on upcoming Oregon legislation re: bill SB633 (3:26)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ljOWDTafz8

Partial speech about recognizing the rights of nature, environmental rights vs. corporate rights, and community self governing rights over corporations (4:11):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfJhlCTkXbs

Other informative articles and videos on GMO issues can be found at the following links:

I found this video called “Genetic Roulette” that is the best documentary ever by Jeffrey Smith.  It covers many aspects about GMOs and Monsanto on health issues, the industry, and the economics.  It’s really the best documentary out there so far that I’ve seen.

This is an outstanding 30 minute documentary called “GMOs, Enslavement & Poverty: Seeds of Freedom”, narrated by Jeramy Irons. Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvgaMd6GBgQ

 The entire movie “Seeds of Death” can be seen at this link:

The article at the link below, “Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful”, presents information on the advantages and disadvantages of GMOs.  It’s an older article from 2000, so it doesn’t take into account current scientific research and problems GMO farming practices have caused for poor farmers in third world countries, but it’s still a good article that represents both points of view.

http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php

Mother Jones article showing statistics & charts where GMOs are grown globally.

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/02/gmo-farming-crops-more-popular-than-ever-world-charts

The link below is to a Q&A article by a corporation called International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).  It’s important to get both sides of the debate to more fully understand the issues whether you agree with them or not:

http://www.isaaa.org/resources/publications/pocketk/1/default.asp

There are many good You Tube documentaries and interviews covering GMO topics.  The above were just a few that I found to be helpful in understanding different issues related to GM agriculture, economics, politics, etc…   Later I’ll try to find some good videos and interviews related to human health issues.  In the meantime, here is one that is well worth reading:

http://occupymonsanto360.org/blog/my-food-fight-ibd-vs-monsanto/

More Mike Adams Health Ranger articles on Monsanto’s GMO seed:

http://www.naturalnews.com/040525_Hungary_GM_corn_burning_fields.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/040541_GMO_genetic_pollution_GE_wheat.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/040608_Monsanto_grassroots_activism_tipping_point.html

 

 

 

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