Portland, join the growing movement against Monsanto’s control over our food supply!
The proliferation of Monsanto’s GMO’s and dramatic upsurge in the use of their toxic herbicide Roundup/glyphosate is an issue that requires action by citizens now. With Congress and government agencies failing to respond to the public’s concerns and the precautionary principle, it’s up to us to move this forward into the spotlight NOW. Invest in your community’s future.
When: Saturday, March 25 – 11:00 AM
Where: Holladay Park Fountain, Portland
What to Bring: Water, banners/signs, fliers, cameras
March Route: Link to the March route
Donations: Accepted to pay for March fees/cost
Remember: This is a peaceful demonstration
Why GMO’s are a recipe for global famine:
1. Patented seed – Farmers growing GMO crops are denied their traditional right to save seeds for the next year.
2. Soil infertility – GMO is agriculture is chemical intensive. Agrochemical buildup is causing sterility in the soil. Glyphosate herbicide is especially problematic. Nutrition content of food is much less in GMO crops.
3. GHG pollution (greenhouse gases) – Our GMO industrial-model, agrochemical farming system destroys the soil’s natural ability to sequester carbon, using billions of pounds of climate-disrupting, soil-killing chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Sustainable farming practices pull carbon out of the atmosphere back into living soil.
4. Monocropping/Loss of biodiversity – GMO agriculture is monocropping. 75% of seed diversity has already been lost to industrial farming. Biodiversity is food security.
5. Terminator seed technology – This is designed to genetically switch off a plant’s ability to germinate a second time. Plants with terminator genes can cross pollinate with natural varieties causing otherwise fertile seed to be sterile.
6. Dependency on a centralized food system – A network of home gardens and small to mid-sized farms offers far greater food security than a centralized, globalized system.
7. Superweeds, Superpests – With weeds developing resistance to glyphosate on nearly half of U.S. farms, with pests requiring 20% more insecticide on GMO crops than non-GMO, harsher “stacked” herbicides and pesticides are next to be employed in industrial farming.
8. Genetic pollution – Cannot be halted once released into open fields, destroying our natural genetic heritage.
GMO agriculture is the opposite of Sustainable.
“The seed, the source of life, the embodiment of our biological and cultural diversity, the link between the past and the future of evolution, the common property of past, present and future generations of farming communities who have been seed breeders, is today being stolen from the farmers being sold back to us propriety seed owned by corporations like the U.S.-headquartered Monsanto. “ ~ Vandana Shiva, “Great Seed Robbery,” Deccan Chronicle, April 27, 2011.
Here’s a link to an article of recommend reading, “Food, Farms, Forests and Fracking: Connecting the Dots,” by Zack Kaldveer and Ronnie Cummins.