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March Against Monsanto: This Time, It's Political

For related articles and information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page, and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

It's been suspiciously quiet on the Monsanto front lately.

Since we last checked in with the Aggro Overlords of Corporate Agribusiness, they’ve suffered some setbacks. First, boycotts on their genetically-engineered corn and soy have caused major manufacturers like General Mills and Whole Foods to dial back their supply needs.

Then, all those pesky grassroots groups flooded people’s psyches with images of rats with stomach tumors, causing their public relations department to double down on the propaganda. Monsanto has even had to institute a new grandiose “sustainability campaign” and pretend like they give a genetically-engineered flying fig about water usage and greenhouse emissions.

Plus, the sneaky little legal rider that their political minions buried into a congressional spending resolution fizzled last fall, making the “Monsanto Protection Act” as impotent as a whiskey-sodden Donald Sterling without his Cialis.

Though in 2012 the megalithic chemical company helped destroy California’s Proposition 37 that would have required labels on genetically-modified foods (most people call them GMOs; feel free to refer to them simply as “poison”), other companies under the umbrella of the sinister Grocery Manufacturers Association are now taking giant steps away from the GMA’s Goliath-esque efforts to stop food labeling initiatives in other states.

Nope, things are not looking good for those who make a profit by dickering with the food supply. Last month the Monsantogres took a real arrow to the thigh when the state of Vermont passed the first labeling law in the U.S. Unlike similar laws in Connecticut and Maine that remain stalled until liabilities can be sorted out, Vermont’s “right to know about GMOs” will go into effect as soon as Gov. Peter Shumlin plops his signature on it.

We’re at the tipping point, people. Those coordinated international protests have clearly affected change, and this year’s local March Against Monsanto promises to be even bigger, louder and more cohesive when it takes over Johnson Square this Saturday.

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