The March Against Monsanto on May 25, 2013 took place in cities WORLD-WIDE.
My husband and I personally took part in the Dallas, Texas march. Around (give or take) two thousand people gathered together in front of Dallas City Hall and marched a two-mile route to the Farmer’s Market and back again. The Dallas Police Department provided officers to hold traffic for us, and they even gave us hand shakes, high-fives, and the occasional “Keep it up!” as we passed them. People of all ages, races, backgrounds, beliefs, occupations, and classes joined in unison to protest the harmful, monopolizing company that has been poisoning us for over 100 years. This alone proves that this is truly The People VS. Monsanto.
I am so pleased that everyone can lay down all of their differences, unite together as one, and stand for a cause that is so great that it affects every living thing on the entire Earth. Some people are marching because they don’t want to be a “lab rat.” Some people are marching because they don’t want to be kept in the dark about what kind of food they eat. Some people are marching because GMO foods have actually caused digestive problems, auto-immune diseases, tumorous masses, allergies, skin problems, or other problems in their very own bodies, and as soon as they realize the cause, and stop the consumption of GMO foods, their ailments go away.
Some people march because they are recognizing the horrific and deadly effects that GMOs are having on the honeybees and other pollinators. In the picture to the right, a woman is dressed in a honeybee costume. She is holding a sign for the Texas Honeybee Guild. Bee keepers are noticing that pesticides and GMO crops are killing off entire hives of honeybees. If the honeybees are being killed directly by the GMO crops/pesticide-ridden crops, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the pollinators (butterflies, etc) are also extinct (GMO crops like corn are altered to actually produce their own pesticide from the inside out. Every cell and fiber of the plant is filled with pesticides. You cannot wash them off. They are on the inside, too). What happens when there are no pollinators left? That’s right, folks, that means most of the plants and produce you love to eat every day will no longer be available. That means our entire food system will no longer be available.
There are many reasons why people chose to partake in the March Against Monsanto. Every reason is valid, and every reason has purpose. All of the reasons for marching come back to one simple plea: Put a label on GMO food (most of us agree that they should just be banned all together, but labeling is a start). People have a right to know what kind of food they’re eating. Organic farmers are happy to put an “Organic” label on their food. If GMO food is so safe, and so good for us, why is Monsanto refusing to put labels on products containing food grown from their seeds?
Did you march today? Did you stand up for what’s right? If so, share your experience with us!
Remember, marching in the world-wide protest is a fantastic start, but you can’t stop with that. You cast your vote with every single dollar that you spend. Find out what companies are campaigning with Monsanto to prevent labeling of GMOs. Find out who’s trying to keep you in the dark, and don’t give them another dollar. Contact your state representatives, and let them know where you stand, and that you will vote them out if they continue to protect Monsanto. Educate those you come in contact with– some people still don’t even know what GMOs are (ever notice the lack of media coverage on this? Yup). Talk to your grocer! Tell them why you don’t like certain foods, and why you’re no longer buying them. Tell them what you wish they would carry (or carry more of), and most importantly tell them WHY. Start an urban garden in your back yard, or a container garden on you patio. You can click here to read my article on container gardening! Remember, it is of the utmost importance to use high quality, non-GMO, heirloom seeds when you’re gardening. Check out SeedsNow.com for incredible seeds, books, gifts, and other resources. Be sure to use coupon code ORGANICLIFE10 to save 10% off of your entire purchase from them!
Here are more photos from March Against Monsanto, Dallas, Texas: