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OCCUPY AUSTIN OCCUPIES THE FOOD SUPPLY
February 28th, 2012: OCCUPY AUSTIN will be combining the national calls for action (#F27 Occupy Our Food Supply and #F29 Occupy the Corporations) to participate in a shared, decentralized Global Day of Action on Feb. 29th 2012 against Monsanto. This event will include a screening of “The World According to Monsanto” and will occur simultaneously in Austin and Lockhart.
Texas legend Willie Nelson stated in an opinion editorial in the Huffington Post:
The disparity between the top 1 percent and everyone else has been laid bare — there’s no more denying that those at the top get their share at the expense of the 99 percent. Lobbyists, loopholes, tax breaks… how can ordinary folks expect a fair shake?
No one knows this better than family farmers, whose struggle to make a living on the land has [sic] gotten far more difficult since corporations came to dominate our farm and food system. We saw signs of it when Farm Aid started in 1985, but corporate control of our food system has since exploded.
300,000 organic farmers, organic seed growers, and organic seed businesses were represented in a lawsuit against Monsanto (Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association v. Monsanto) with oral arguments heard on January 31st, 2012. This lawsuit bring attention to accusations that Monsanto has threatened and harassed organic farmers with “patent infringement” if even trace amounts of genetically modified seeds wind up in organic farmland.
Corporate control of our food systems has increasingly harmed people, our ecosystems, and our climate. Many people in many places are reclaiming our food supply by creating localized food systems that practice fair and ecological principles. United, our food movements can reach a scale required to challenge the corporate food regime that has prioritized profit over health and sustainability. To create healthy local food systems globally we must both create the alternatives we are calling for and resist the corporate and political forces creating toxic, unhealthy, genetically modified food. Local organic food systems & agroecology hold more hope for meeting our world’s food needs than corporate food regimes profiting from speculation and land grabs for exports.
We stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and communities around the world that are struggling against hunger, exploitation, and unfair labor practices that benefit only the extreme corporate rich. We will occupy our food supply by highlighting how we, the 99%, are creating healthy, local, sustainable food systems and how we are resisting the corporate food regime belonging to the 1%.
We continue our fight against corporate power and corporate personhood by demonstrating our commitment to food system alternatives that work for everyone, globally.
3PM– Screening of “The World According to Monsanto” at the History Center at 810 Guadalupe.
5PM– Speaker: Randy Jewart, an owner and operator of the small, organic farm Resolution Gardens.
1PM– Rally at Monsanto at 1104 Park Plaza Lockhart, TX 78644.
3PM– Screening of “The World According to Monsanto” at the Lockhart Public Library at 217 Main St.
5PM– Speaker: Don Ford, a farmer and rancher from Gonzalez County.
About Occupy Austin: Occupy Austin is an occupation and peaceful protest that began on October 6, 2011 at City Hall in Austin, Texas, vowing to end the moneyed corruption of our democracy. It is affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City, and also with the “Occupy” protests in the United States and around the world.
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