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March Against Monsanto: A Sneak Peek

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Sophie Magdalena

Monsanto... There is that ugly word that has caused an uproar of controversy in recent years.  To bring you up to speed, Monsanto is the largest chemical company in the United States currently producing genetically modified organisms or GMO's.  GMO's represent about 80% of the U.S. food supply and can be found in everything from corn, soy, rapeseed (used in Canola Oil), and processed foods including baby formula and pet and livestock food.  

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What is a GMO?  

GMO's are plants, bacteria and animals whose genetic makeup (DNA) has been scientifically altered.  

Why is this bad?  

Outside of questionable ethics practices by Monsanto, the genes of these organisms have been chemically altered with pesticides to systematically grow plants that are insect resistant to produce bigger crop yields and profits.  When chemicals are grown systemically in plants, they cannot be rinsed off before you eat them.  

Not to mention the high risk in health concerns circling the regular and continued consumption of foods containing GMO's.  Links to cancer and other deadly illnesses have caused public backlash.  

Monsanto however has many close ties to the government, including the FDA, USDA, EPA, lobbyists and a Supreme Court Judge.  President Obama has even offered protection under a recent signed bill titled the "Monsanto Protection Act" in which Monsanto can continue to grow GMO crops approved by the USDA despite any action in the courts against them.  

Why is the government protecting Monsanto?  

It all comes down to money.  We've seen similar scenarios in the past.  Events in which the massive financial power of multi-national corporations are able to buy out legislators who were elected to "represent" voters...  We use the word represent loosely.  Monsanto however, has set the bar even higher.  Instead of just getting a few kickbacks or avoiding USDA regulation, Monsanto lobbyists have gone as far as to generate legislative inclusions in this bill that puts Monsanto above the federal government.

In this issue of Halfstack Magazine, resident Halfstacker Stella Quimby, introduces the March Against Monsanto.  A group of activists that help create awareness to the dangers of Monsanto and their GMO's all over the world.  

"Why is it important for the public to know about GMO's?  It is important for people to know what they are eating, especially considering that we are one of the sickest countries in the world, while being one of the most advanced.  GMO's are either banned or require mandatory labeling in many other countries, except our very own."  

To read the full article on the March Against Monsanto, check out our most recent issue HERE

To learn more about the March Against Monsanto, click HERE.

- Sophia Sanchez
Director of Digital Content & Editor

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