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Judith Browning
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Even our little town has organized a march....find a street near you to MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO
 
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this is an older video....still timely though.

 
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this video may be unnecessary for permies...I know no one here needs convincing....please add any relevant videos or links to this thread if you would like.

 
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Thank you Judith

One subject rarely mentioned in this movement is ownership (patent) of the worlds staple crops. Is it right or even dangerous to have a handful of international corporations not only own the worlds staple foods but animals and insects like fish, goats and bees? I also find it interesting that many of the staples these corporations acquire do not rely on insect pollination. Most staples are open pollinated. Hmm? No pollinators would surely hurt competitors and in turn increase profit.
 
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Rick Roman wrote:Thank you Judith

One subject rarely mentioned in this movement is ownership (patent) of the worlds staple crops. Is it right or even dangerous to have a handful of international corporations not only own the worlds staple foods but animals and insects like fish, goats and bees? I also find it interesting that many of the staples these corporations acquire do not rely on insect pollination. Most staples are open pollinated. Hmm? No pollinators would surely hurt competitors and in turn increase profit.


Thanks, Rick...good point. I tried to find something recent...here is a bit from 2002. Do you have a link to a better site?

patents on staples
 
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this is happening TODAY.
 
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We are hot and tired and comfortable with the fact that our small local protest will have a ripple effect. The event was organized by a few young mothers and well thought out and situated on the main street in front of the courthouse in our town of almost 3000. Of the 75 or so folks who came some were around our age (sixties) all the way down to young children. Some. like us, had been part of peaceful protests in the past and for some it was a brand new and exciting experience
Although I love the sharing of information and the speed that things can be brought together online, that just does not surpass the feeling of a like minded group of folks in the flesh sharing a space in time to some greater purpose.
did I say I had a great day?
 
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Positive things are happening as a result of this movement that has been building momentum and did not begin with this years march...happily people are finding a voice.............
Rick shared this link to OREGON COUNTIES BANNING GMOs


"good times are coming, I hear it everywhere I go,
good times are coming, but they're sure coming slow."
N.Y. 'Vampire Blues' off of On the Beach.
 
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Well... I didn't attend this because the buses don't run around here on the weekends and in any event in my small down it probably would have ended up as just me standing around on the street corner by my self shaking my fist and shouting angrily into the sky. Not the sort of trouble I need in a tourist town on memorial day weekend.

I've been getting email lately from "Food Democracy Now" about making sure that I'm not inadvertently invested in Monsanto. I'm not. I have no assets to invest. But it seems like many brokerages and 401ks and mutual funds and the like are invested in them. They are encouraging everyone to investigate this and divest from their stock. Seems like a good Idea to me



Here's the thing about Monsanto. I went through an advanced placement Highschool Biology class which wash heavy on the Gene training. We watched documentaries which presented the merits of GM crops. We had extensive class discussions about it. While I am exceptionally cautious about such things, I was never hard and fast 'against' gene science in agriculture. Until I found out what PRICKS Monsanto is. Seriously. Even if I believed wholeheartedly that genetic engineering was the future and the only way to feed the planet, their dickishness and sneaky rat-bastard business tactics are inexcusable.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.

Fuck those guys.




Edits: Link *grumble grumble*
 
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Good stuff Judith I love your zeal! I saw a few protesters around here on the day and cheered them on. I agree so much that if everyone in a specific area votes that something should be ousted than it should be law that the perpetrators leave by law. Unfortunately there is a case wickard v. filburn which pretty much throws a wrench in the counties making gmos illegal since it could affect interstate commerce. The federal government has a stake in gmos making money and will probably use this case in order to argue their right to enforce gmo production.
 
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Lance, I love it that you use public transportation and don't have a car...That is one of our many reasons for our plan to move to a small town for our last chapter...we would like to live where we can walk most everywhere.
This event, here, was a big surprise to us, maybe the first public protest in this little town and it took some local families daughters to pull it off. Many of us are still outsiders after forty years in the county and would probably have reverted to our "damn hippie' status if we had tried to organize this...but we turned out in pretty good numbers for it. Thanks for adding a video to this thread.

Zack, I think what will happen is like with any change,that there will be many small steps and some back sliding and then in 20-30 years the change will have slipped up on us and be in place and everyone will wonder how those folks in the past put up with a business like Monsanto for so long.
I am optimistic, generally, and really do think there is a lot of power in people to make changes in spite of their governments. I like Howard Zinn's version of history.
...and know that 'drive by' cheering and support definitely helped the folks holding signs...we loved it when that happened. The curious thing to me was the folks who passed by who seemed to be embarrassed by the whole thing or at least indifferent....literally turning their head in the opposite direction....it was out of their comfort zone, I guess.
 
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