By Ryan Dube,


As last weekend approached and everyone else warmed up the barbecue for what would start out as a rainy Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., the drumbeats were building for what was expected to be one of the largest worldwide, organized protests against the massive, ultra-powerful agricultural company Monsanto and its push for more genetically modified foods throughout the food industry.


Activists and concerned citizens around the world prepared to take a stand by collectively organizing protests in every major country and city around the world.


It may not be just coincidence that on May 10th, the State of Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill requiring that foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be labeled as such. Vermont stands as the first and only U.S. state to successfully pass such legislation, as every previous move to pass such a bill in every state has been overwhelmed by efforts on the part of Monsanto lobbyists to crush such laws.


The worldwide movement builds upon the success of that bill, following up with a global call to action. However, Vermont still has a long road to turn the bill into law – it must make it through the Senate. No small feat considering the massive power that Monsanto holds over most legislators around the country.


What’s the big deal about GMO labeling? Food rights activists say that there’s a whole lot that every citizen in every country should be concerned about when a single corporation has such Monsanto holds overwhelming control over the global food supply.


Why the Anti-GMO Effort Matters


If you’re unsure how you feel about GMO foods, you’re not alone. One of the reasons the corporate food genetics effort has been so successful is because it has been carried out in great secrecy and with very little public awareness.


The genetic modification of food started many years ago, and has spread into a situation today where it threatens the entire food supply. The largest danger comes from the control Monsanto has over the genetically modified seeds that farmers have been forced to use to stay in business – with Monsanto security agents going so far as to place surveillance on farmers and threaten them if they attempt to save seeds and reuse them.


The days of natural, organic farming on a sustainable scale may soon be behind us if more people don’t stand and take a stance against this growing threat.


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    The story about the farmer who was sued by Monsanto for over $80,000 dollars and won, for using second hand soybeans from his local grain elevator, is a great example of what happens to those who oppose Monsanto. It does not help when the head of the EPA and Supreme Court justices are on Monsanto payroll. This is similar to Goldman-Sachs executives all previously been affiliated with US Congress or Senate in some way or another. There seems to be no way that we can get ahead in this country while these corporate fat cats sit in power. Thanks John for finding this article.
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