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MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO

Posted by strattof on October 11, 2013

MONSANTO’S GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS: WHY WE SHOULD STOP THEM

What are genetically modified (GM) seeds?

GM seeds have had genes from other organisms inserted into them. Genetic engineering is completely different from natural breeding, as it involves the direct transfer of genes from organisms into entirely different species. Monsanto’s GM seeds are engineered to be resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s powerful herbicide, Roundup.

Are GM foods safe to eat?

  • GM foods are approved for human consumption based on company-produced science. Health Canada does not do its own testing. There is no mandatory labeling in Canada.
  • There are 2 main sources of adverse health effects from GM foods: genetic engineering and the herbicide Roundup.
  • Independent research has shown that Monsanto’s GM foods can lead to serious health conditions, including cancer, Crohn’s disease, infertility, and birth defects.

Are there any environmental risks?

Once GM seeds are released into the environment, they cannot be controlled. They contaminate traditional crops; destroy genetic diversity; create super weeds that are herbicide resistant; and result in increased herbicide use. Worse, the herbicide, glyphosate, triggers pathogens that continue in the soil for years, lessening the soil’s ability to grow healthy food for future generations.

Who owns GM seeds?

GM seeds mean corporate control, as corporations, like Monsanto, take out patents on genetic sequences. Biotech corporations make huge profits, while farmers suffer huge losses. Forbidden to save their seeds and replant them, farmers are trapped into paying higher and higher prices for seeds and chemicals.

TAKE ACTION

In an obscene development, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture” – the prestigious World Food Prize – for creating GMOs. Receiving it legitimizes the sort of rampant genetic modification Monsanto pioneered.

Tell the World Food Prize Foundation not to reward Monsanto’s outrageous practices: http://action.sumofus.org/a/world-food-prize-monsanto-syngenta/5/2/

M A R C H   A G A I N S T MONSANTO

DATE:      Saturday October 12

TIME:       10:30 am – 1:30 pm

WHERE:   Starts at the Legislative Building

                Ends at City Square Plaza

October 12 is WORLD FOOD DAY, a good time to MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO, the largest seed company in the world and owner of 86% of GM seeds.

FURTHER INFORMATION

www.facebook.com/events/583443078335565

www.march-against-monsanto.com

IT’S TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR FOOD!

 

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