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March Against Monsanto (Sat May 24) Syracuse NY

In GMO, Media Advisory on May 23, 2014 at 10:37 am
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May 24, 2014 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for over 50 countries

Syracuse, NY (May 24, 2014) – On May 24, activists in Syracuse, NY will join millions of activists from around the world to once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries,with events in over 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states.  A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at www.march-against-monsanto.com.

Locally, GMO-Free CNY – https://www.facebook.com/gmofreecny – , an affiliate of GMO-Free NY, has been the push behind planning this Spring’s event which will include a GMO labeling petition drive in Armory Square, a drumming and soapbox gathering downtown, a March from Armory Square to the NWS, ending at a work project for a new community garden being installed by The Alchemical Nursery – www.alchemicalnursery.org.
The petition drive and March will focus on bringing attention to the GMO Labeling bill#SB3835 that is moving forward in the NYS Assembly intended to require foods to be labelled as containing GMO ingredients for those who care about their right to know what is in their food.
Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto (MAM), was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “Monsanto’s predatory business and corporate agricultural practices threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. MAM supports a sustainable food production system. We must act now to stop GMOs and harmful pesticides.”
 
GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced for human or animal consumption. In the USA, the revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led to key Monsanto figures occupying positions of power at the FDA and EPA. Monsanto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obstruct all labeling attempts; they also suppress any research containing results not in their favor. The scientifically established health risks include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility, infant mortality, birth defects, auto-immune conditions, allergies and increased cancer risks. GMOs have been partially banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South America, Russia, France, Switzerland and Costa Rico, and are currently labelled in 62 countries. Despite this, factory farm animals throughout the world are still fed GMOs.
 
An “Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs),” http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php, signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, detailed concern regarding GMOs coupled with a call for immediate 5 year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.”
 
For information on the event, visit the March Against Monsanto Syracuse NY FAcebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonsantoSyracuse
Contact:
Frank Cetera
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