March Against Monsanto in San Francisco

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One never knows what the day will bring when going in to San Francisco. We were in to meet friends for lunch yesterday. A stroll up Market Street afterwards, made us quickly aware that something was brewing.

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At this point we began to hear the crowd of protesters marching up the street, and it was then we found out about the march against Monsanto, the largest manufacturer of genetically modified organisms (GMO). The DNA of a GMO is mixed with that of other plants, animals, bacteria or viruses. These combinations do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding. The companies that make GMO foods claim they achieve longer lasting products or crops resistant to pests; however, the GMOs are linked to cancer and other illnesses.

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Monsanto receives government subsidies, and is reported to not test its products long term.  80% of conventional processed foods contain GMOs. Over 60 countries ban, limit, or label GMOs due to safety and ecological concerns.  The U.S. does not.

It is something to think about when selecting our foods.

For another post on this subject from another part of the globe, click here, for Bob R’s post. There were marches against Monsanto in many countries yesterday.

The information on Monsanto and GMOs I’ve given here is from a leaflet handed out to the crowd yesterday by organizers of the march. For more detailed reporting, please research online.

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24 Responses to March Against Monsanto in San Francisco

  1. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

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  2. That is a scary thought. Creating genetic hybrids that can harm Nature and us humans in the long run. I’m glad they got the courage to voice out and rally for an important cause.

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  3. cbg79 says:

    Reblogged this on christag79 and commented:
    i held the March in St. John’s NL & we never got any press involvement at all!!!!!! awesome to see your turn out!!!

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks for the reblog! Interesting that you would have had no press involvement. I need to go back to the San Francisco Chronicle to see what they reported; when I looked right before I posted this post, there was an article that incorporated some information from Los Angeles as well, but not specific to SF. Maybe now they have more. You may not have had press, but you had people out there who care, and the word will spread. As someone said in another comment…..people power!

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  4. Monsanto is disgusting. Glad to see that people are taking actions.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Finally, huh? I’ve heard whispers about Monsanto here and there, but not this “in your face” protest and lava of information.

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      • I’ve seen some documentaries about Monsanto and I don’t like them at all. They’re also co-operating with the Norwegian government and made a “world sedd bank” on Svalbard. I guess they’re afraid that their seed manipulation might make the crops collapse some day. In theory, if thta were to happen: they would sit with all the seeds and have total control over the global food market.

        I shared your article with some American friends and on Facebook.

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      • Angeline M says:

        Thanks for sharing my post. It will be interesting to see what level the protest will go to next. The whole outcome of what happens if it goes Monsanto’s way sounds like a good plot for a sci-fi thriller movie…only not so sci-fi any more.

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  5. inavukic says:

    Great post. I went to the one held in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday. Making a difference by joining in is so important.

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  6. daytrader62 says:

    Reblogged this on Best of health and commented:
    Thought I would reblog this post. Amazing to see the turnout around the world. People power.

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  7. veraersilia says:

    I think the Monsanto problem is not really GMO. After all, plants have been changing genes by themselves forever under cultivation practices or as part of their evolution. Nobody would want to eat corn as it was where it originated in Meso-America many centuries ago!
    The problem is that Monsanto wants to have a total monopoly on ALL seeds forcing farmers to buy new seeds every years and not use what they can save from their crops, which is what has always been done. Monsanto wants to put a stranglehold on farmers. That is their crime. Gene modifications and gene exchanging is part of nature.

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    • Angeline M says:

      I think the issue is the genetic modifications. I found a great article from a newspaper on an interview an executive of the grocer, Whole Foods, gave to the paper. One of the points she brings out, is one that makes me wonder about the safety of GMOs: “Some of the major concerns are that allergens and antibiotic resistance can be transferred through the process of transferring food genes, Andrus says, and that new toxins, allergens and cancer-producing substances could be an effect of the GMOs, Rodi says.

        ”It could potentially cause cross-contamination with bacteria and give them resistant characteristics,” Rodi says. “We’re also worried that mutations in the GMOs could lead them to be less nutritious, with decreased amounts of vitamins, especially as we use crops that grow closer together and need less fertilizer.”

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  8. Colline says:

    There should be more marches of this sort – and more awareness created. It is distressing when we do not know what we are eating.

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  9. ShimonZ says:

    A beautiful documentary concerning a very important issue. Thanks.

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  10. Very interesting and somewhat alarming…..I have heard that corn is not really corn anymore.
    I feel uninformed on this subject but if there are demonstrations around the globe that certainly gets one’s attention. I will learn more… Thanks for this blog!

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    • Angeline M says:

      I’ve heard small bits of information here and there recently, but had not heard about the protests staged yesterday around the world. I got home and saw Bob R.’s post and then realized what we had happened upon in the City. Definitely something to do more reading up on, and I know I will now be much more inclined to choose organic foods when at the market and Farmer’s Markets.

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