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May 23rd, 2013 By Chelsea Spata | News | Posted In: Environment

Cincinnati March Against Monsanto to Take Place Saturday

Part of worldwide series of protests scheduled for 1 p.m. at Piatt Park

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“It’s time to take back our food,” boasts the Facebook page for the first ever March Against Monsanto, a worldwide protest movement aimed at speaking out against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The march, being held on six continents and in 36 countries, will take place this Saturday. Cincinnati is one of 250 cities slated to host marchers this weekend.

Monsanto, a large corporation with a self-described focus of “producing more, conserving more and improving lives," focuses on innovation in agricultural production and claims to have “an eye on the future.” Included in their Sustainable Yield Initiative of 2008 are the benefits of biotechnology, or the genetic modification of farmed products. The March Against Monsanto will be held to combat this process, as well as other practices like Monsanto’s efforts to overturn European Union regulation on obligatory labeling. The march’s primary organizer, Tami Monroe Canal, says she started the movement because she was concerned for her daughters’ lives.

“I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity,” she explains.

“I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”

A precursor meeting announcement for the Cincinnati march emphasizes that this movement is not a “fist waving” event. Says the Cincinnati organizer Dana Haan, “It is a peaceful yet assertive demonstration in which we evoke public awareness of what is happening with Monsanto and our food and the future of it.”

Organizers throughout the United States are calling on participants to bring handouts that explain GMO processes in fact form, with “no slandering, no opinions or paper — just facts.” March participants are striving to prove that the genetic modification of foods is more detrimental than beneficial to individual health, citing studies conducted on GMOs that suggest the presence of pesticides in some modified products, as well as evidence that consumption of GMOs leads to cancer, infertility and birth defects.

With more than 100,000 likes on Facebook and an event list ranging from Boulder, Colo., to Cairo, Egypt, support for the March Against Monsanto has skyrocketed since its inception in February of this year. Advocating not only an end to GMOs but also various solutions for achieving this goal, March leaders assert that they will continue to expose Monsanto’s secrets, “taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly.”

The Cincinnati march will take place at Piatt Park at 1 p.m. For more information, visit the MAM Facebook page or the MAM website.

Correction: This story originally gave the wrong location and time in the sub-headline.

 
 
05.23.2013 at 03:44 Reply

Time and location wrong - It's actually at Piatt Park, 1pm.

 

05.23.2013 at 05:05

Yeah.... why does this say Sawyer Point? It's Piatt Park and the press advisory states this.

 

 

05.23.2013 at 04:12 Reply

It's been moved to Piatt Park, also known as Garflied Park.
100 Garfield Place
, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
The park is 2 blocks long, it's at the end across the street from the library.
At the corner of 8th and Vine.

 

05.25.2013 at 03:19 Reply

Isn't Piatt Park the "free speech zone" area? Completely rediculous if you ask me. Every inch of our country is a "free speech zone." Yet we just group up where they allow us to -_-

 

 
 
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