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Vandana Shiva On the Global Resistance Against Monsanto's Fascism

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A March Against Monsanto Is A March For Life and Freedom - 25th May 2013

On 25th of May, people across the world, wherever they are, whatever they do, will be standing up to march against Monsanto. The March Against Monsanto is inspired by the love for freedom and democracy, the love for the Earth, the soil, the seed. And it is our deep love for life on Earth in freedom that makes all of us march against Monsanto and we stand in solidarity with everyone from the seed freedom movement catalyzed by Navdanya.

Monsanto has become the center stage for the destruction of our seeds, our diversity, our food, and our freedom. Beginning with the 1980s, when Monsanto drafted the laws imposing patents on life, even though life can't be invented, and therefore is not patentable. More recently, the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld Monsanto's totally illegitimate patent right on seed in the Bowman v. Monsanto case. And Monsanto writes into the U.S. budget law a Monsanto Protection Act, making it immune from any court action to protect diversity, to prevent contamination of the kind that the OSGATA case is fighting to defend the rights of organic seed producers.

In India, we have a very strong and very good law under the Environment Protection Act. It predates the Earth Summit, it predates the Convention on Biodiversity, it predates the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol, and it's meant to regulate GMOs. Because we used the law to stop the Bt gene, the Bt brinjal, there's been attempts by Monsanto to write a Monsanto Protection Act. It is called the Biotechnology Regulatory Act of India. It's a deregulation act, but in typical Monsanto double speak, it's called a regulatory act. It would throw citizens into jail for challenging GMOs. It is taking away the federal rights of our state governments who were a major player in stopping the Bt eggplant.

And in Europe, the European Commission, which as become an extension of Monsanto through the hundreds of lobbyists that work on a daily basis, there's another Monsanto Protection Act being shaped to make it illegitimate and illegal for gardeners and farmers to have their own seeds. This is a new form of fascism. It's a new form of dictatorship.   
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