Providence will join activists from around the world in ten days for the May 25 March Against Monsanto. Monsanto is the biotech giant that is bankrupting American farmers and destroying our food supply, all for its own profit.
Demonstrations in dozens of countries will draw attention to genetically engineered seeds and foods. In Providence, we begin at 2pm at the State House, and wind through Providence Place Mall, City Hall, Kennedy Plaza, and end back at the State House with some live music, information booths, and guest speakers.
While Monsanto continues to claim GMO food is safe for consumption, research (and common sense) says otherwise. One recent study has revealed high levels of toxicity in lab-made corn. As the anti-GMO group Moms Across America to Label GMO‘s has pointed out, when food is covered in glyphosate, you certainly don’t want to eat it, or allow your children to eat it. Exposure to glyphosate can (and often does) lead to intestinal pain, vomiting, erosion of the gastrointestinal tract, excess fluid in the lungs, pneumonia, clouding of consciousness, destruction of red blood cells, abnormal electrocardiograms, kidney damage and damage to the larynx. And this is only one concern among many, regarding Monsanto’s impact on agricultural practices.
In March, Congress passed what has been called the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which protects GMO-producing companies from legal action. It seems that this has only galvanized activists across the globe, and impassioned those who are paying close attention.