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Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon

by Timothy Fraser Hampton

Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon
Hundreds March Against Monsanto in Saskatoon

 

SASKATOON—On May 25, 300 people in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan marched in conjunction with protesters in more than 40 countries around the world. These coordinated actions demanded that Monsanto end it's interference with the global food supply. Members of Idle No More and the Occupy movement joined with farmers, parents, children and members of the University Of Saskatchewan Faculty to speak out out against public funding for private companies engaged in research that seems destined for disaster.

Monsanto is an American multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation and is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and of the herbicide Roundup. It was founded in 1901 and by the 1940s it was a major producer of plastics, including polystyrene and synthetic fibers. Monsanto and its scientists manufactured controversial products such as the insecticide DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange.

Legal victories by the Center for Food Safety have given agriculture activists a chance to stop genetically engineered sugar beets and alfalfa. Monsanto's alfalfa and sugar beets are spliced with manipulated genes that allow them to withstand massive doses of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. Not only are these so-called "Roundup Ready" crops dangerous for human consumption but scientists are warning that the Roundup itself "may have dire consequences for agriculture such as rendering soils infertile, crops non-productive, and plants less nutritious,” according to a paper published in the European Journal of Agronomy in 2009.

US courts have ruled that the USDA acted illegally when they approved genetically engineered alfalfa and sugar beets without first looking at their potential environmental impacts, such as the potential for Monsanto's crops to permanently contaminate the supply of normal alfalfa and sugar beet seeds.


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Wow, go Saskatoon!

Great photos and write-up. Thanks for posting!

I figured I get it sorted

I figured I get it sorted out, thanks for your help

 

Amazing to get to hear what's

Amazing to get to hear what's happening in Saskatoon & elsewhere in the prairies! Thanks, Saskatchewan working group folks!

It was a great day in Regina

It was a great day in Regina as well. Any video from Saskatoon? Here's the video from Regina's march. 

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