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Sunday, May 24, 2015


From Paris to Ouagadougou, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.
The third annual March Against Monsanto was being held in upwards of 400 cities in more than 40 countries.
About 2,500 people staged anti-Monsanto protests in the Swiss cities of Basel and Morgues, where the company has its headquarters for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Up to 3,000 protesters rallied by environmental organisations including Greenpeace and anti-capitalist group Stop Tafta gathered in Paris, with Monsanto's market-leading herbicide Roundup the main targets of protesters' anger.
The controversial product's main ingredient was recently classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the World Health Organisation.

L'erbicida Roundup è cancerogeno MARCH 21, 2015

Organisers said ahead of the marches the multinational biotech giant had claimed that genetically modified crops would actually lead to a decrease in Roundup use.
But they pointed to US Geological Survey data that revealed the use of Roundup's key component glyphosate had increased 16-fold since the mid-1990s when genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were first introduced.
"Looking for mass suicide? Go for Roundup," read one placard at a French protest in the western city of Rennes.
In a march in another French city, Toulouse, protesters called for more protection for bees, amid international alarm at recent population declines of the vital pollinator.

Honeybee Death Rate too High for Survival of the Species JUNE 5, 2014

THE LATEST BEES April 27, 2015

Halfway around the planet in Burkina Faso, about 500 people marched against the US giant, which introduced GM cotton into the west African country in 2003.
Demonstrators demanded a 10-year moratorium on the planting of Monsanto seeds so "independent research can be conducted" into the effects of the technology.
Up to 1,000 anti-Monsanto activists gathered in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg as the sun was setting for a minute's silence "in homage to the existing and future victims poisoned by pesticides", according to the organisers.

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KILLING US SOFTLY I pesticidi sono cancerogeni e rendono sterili APRIL 2, 2015

The worldwide March Against Monsanto was begun in 2013 by the Occupy movement and has become an annual event.

Protests against GMO crops and pesticides target Monsanto, international agribusiness giant 24 Maggio 2015

Protesters gathered in cities across the globe to rally against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto.
The third-annual March Against Monsanto was held in several major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. In total, organizers said that events were being held in 428 cities in 38 countries.
In Toronto, protesters rallied outside of Queen's Park, before making their way across the city to a GMO-free festival and farmers market.
The group said that the event provides an opportunity for people to educate themselves about the "environmental and health effects" associated with GMOs.
Monsanto is one of the world's foremost producers of genetically engineered seeds.
"(The protest) raises the issues of corporate control over seeds and also environmental issues and issues around our democracy," Lucy Sharratt, a co-ordinator for the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, told CTV Toronto.
"Can consumers and farmers have something to say about the future of our food system?" she added.
March Against Monsanto's website says that studies show genetically-modified foods "can lead to health conditions, such as the development of cancer tumours, infertility and birth defects."
However, a study conducted by Pew Research in January, found that 88 per cent of U.S. scientists connected with the American Association for the Advancement of Science believe genetically modified foods are "generally safe" for consumption.
The report also showed that the public doesn't share their confidence in genetically modified foods, as more than 57 per cent of those polled believe they are "generally unsafe" to eat.
Despite concerns, Monsanto insists its products are safe.
"Plants and crops with GM traits have been tested more than any other crops – with no credible evidence of harm to humans or animals," says the company's website.
The World Health Organization also says that genetically modified foods currently available on the international market "are not likely to present risks for human health."
This year's protest is being held partly in response to California's failed bid to require labels on genetically modified foods – it’s a provision that some Canadians also hope to see introduced at home.
"You should know everything that's being put inside your body and we don't have that choice because it's not being labelled," Ashley Watsko, one of the 100 protesters who attended a rally outside the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, told CTV News.
Protester Shannon McGimpsey also called for increased regulation on GMO crops.
"I think it would be good for the government to show that they're putting people first as opposed to these multi-million dollar companies," said McGimpsey, who attended the demonstration in Winnipeg.
Monsanto is also behind the hugely popular herbicide glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup.
Protesters say the weed-killer is also harmful to the health of humans.
"Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world, even though it has been linked to cancer, kidney and liver disease, infertility, chronic digestive disorders and other illness," said a statement from rally organizers.
A report from WHO released in March classified Roundup as "probably carcinogenic to humans."
And in the face of fears about Monsanto's products, many farmers continue to stand by the company.

Anti-GMO protesters rally against Monsanto May 23, 2015

Global rallies against the US agribusiness giant Monsanto have hit the South Asian nation of Bangladesh.

May 23 marks the March Against Monsanto (MAM) day seeking to raise awareness of the possible health threats posed by the $20-billion corporation's genetically engineered seeds and chemical herbicides. The worldwide events' coordinating group, MAM, claimed on its website to have registered at least 428 cities across 38 countries to hold anti-Monsanto protests.

Protesters gathered in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, the cities of Pabna and Tangail to Dhaka's northwest, the GMWatch independent organization wrote on its Twitter account.

Local media reports said protesters led by civil society organizations were expected to form a human chain in front of the Dhaka University campus to shed light on Monsanto's excessive use of genetically modified organisms (GMO).

MAM's event page lists 13 demonstrations registered on the Asian continent alongside Bangladesh, including India, Nepal and South Korea.

Critics charge Monsanto creates widespread health risks through its use of GMOs and exerts undue influence on government bodies to suppress evidence of the dangers its products pose.

Monsanto's Roundup Ready weedkiller is widely blamed for a range of health and environmental hazards, including possible links to cancer.

New Study Links GMO Food To Leukemia OCTOBER 23, 2014

Migliaia di persone nelle piazze di tutto il mondo per l’annuale Marcia Contro la Monsanto

Coinvolti nella protesta contro la multinazionale americana 6 continenti, 48 Paesi e 421 città, per dire no, l’ennesima, al regime del gigante americano, leader nella produzione di pesticidi e sementi ogm. 

Ricordiamo che l’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità ha dichiarato il glifosato, principio attivo dell’erbicida RoundUp (venduto in 180 paesi), sostanza probabilmente cancerogena per l’uomo e sicuramente cancerogena per gli animali. 

Mentre, è di pochi giorni fa, la presa di posizione del cantante canadese Neil Young nel suo prossimo album, The Monsanto Years, in uscita il prossimo 16 giugno.

Il successo della manifestazione ha condotto ad iniziative come “The Women’s and Children’s Bill of Rights to Ban Glyphosate”, con l’obiettivo di tutelare i soggetti maggiormente a rischio, come appunto donne e bambini, dall’esposizione alla tossicità del glifosato, nel caso diventasse legge il prossimo ottobre. 

Il principio attivo è stato rilevato nelle falde acquifere in quantità compresa tra il 60% e il 100% in varie parti del mondo, sollevando preoccupazione di massa riguardo l’inquinamento su scala globale.

Molti esperti in materia sanitaria, come medici e ricercatori, relazioneranno in occasione della Marcia contro la Monsanto, tra i quali Jeffrey Smith, esperto di OGM per l’Institute for Responsible Technology, Anthony Gucciardi, e il Dr. Joseph Mercola.

Tutto il mondo in marcia contro la Monsanto  Massimo Nardi - 23 Maggio 2015

STOP TTIP contro la liberalizzazione degli OGM APRIL 19, 2015

GMO OMG The Politics of Health and Biotech Foods SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

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