It's a huge turning point in the battle against the gmo ingredients hidden in our food to see millions marching with Monsanto's name on banners and signs. When I first wrote about these at Newsvine in 2006 there were PR trolls who pelted me with claims that genetically modified foods were tin foil hat conspiracy theory and later that to oppose gmo was nothing but scientific ignorance or elitism denying the poor a way to feed themselves.
The lies by biotech have stayed the same as have their PR crew, like I. Henry Miller who was the front man in the propaganda campaign to defeat last year's Prop 37 in California to require gmo ingredients are labeled. They still perpetuate the myths of higher yield and help for world hunger but testing is showing how toxic the effects are. Maybe more importantly an American population plagued with soaring immune diseases and food allergies is driving consumers to see for themselves how their groceries are feeding illness.
In a sad bit of irony the claims that it was too costly to label gmo have outlived a whole era of specialized foods formulated and sold as gluten free, diabetic safe, nut and soy free etc. What it shows is that markets can afford whatever it takes to get consumer dollars and that keeping gmo ingredients hidden is the most profitable route for Monsanto.
Thousands turned out on a rainy day in NYC to march from Union Square to Washington Square Park. Chants accompanied the marchers, "Hell No GMO, Monsanto has got to go" was a popular one. There were groups singing an adaptation of old MacDonald's farm with eee iii ooo replaced by g-m-o , but the bigger message was in the numbers and message we have a right to know.
What struck me most and is perhaps the most positive part of all NYC crowd is that there were families who came from the suburbs including New Jersey and Connecticut. Parents with toddlers from Long Island were quick to say how they had never been in a street protest and had never imagined bringing children to such an event, but they were here fighting for a healthy future and a fundamental right to know what we swallow.
Another side effect of the soccer moms and traditional dads and mainstream citizens who were driven to march was that all were suddenly questioning how much American media censors and lies when the truth about what is in our grocery carts is driven by the propaganda needs of the world's largest polluter. Monsanto's dark power may be a victim of its own success and be the the issue that tips the power of the elite with their bogus news control, but for the monet it's a huge victory for truth, transparency, pure food and social networking.
Millions marched worldwide in spite of the censorship and spin because we are in a new era of grass roots reform, go us!!!!
Sadly the piece of crap that is our segregated Nations and improved vine now will not upload images from my computer or take the URL from flicker. Still waiting for staff to reply to my tech issues from months ago so we can figure no one will care about the upload feature blocked either, so the pics aren't here with the article. Gotta love corporate censorship in all it's manifestations!!
Here are some from Flickr, damn shame how Newsvine's been driven to ruin!