PRESS RELEASE

OCCUPY AUSTIN TAKES ACTION AGAINST MONSANTO

IN A JOINT ACTION WITH OCCUPY HOUSTON, RALLY AND MARCH TO SUPPORT FARMERS!

                                                                                                                               
MARCH 19TH, 2012:  Members of Occupy Austin and of Occupy Houston will be joining with the farming community, food and farm activists in College Station, TX where they will join with Occupiers there as well as food and farm activists to protest Monsanto. The rally will commence 1:00pm at the Northgate Promenade parking lot at Boyett and Church Street. After the rally, protestors will march across the Texas A&M campus and end at Seminis INC, which is a wholly owned Monsanto subsidiary. Activists are encouraged to wear their best cowboy boots, plaid shirts, and to carry shovels and hoes to demonstrate solidarity with America’s farmers.

About Monsanto: Monsanto, an agricultural corporation founded in 1901, with aggressive US lobbying practices, is known for developing farming, landscaping and pest-control products such as DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormone), and Roundup. The company is currently under scrutiny, numerous litigation actions, and consumer protest actions for its continued promotion of genetically modified foods which have not been proven to be safe and in fact quite the opposite. In 2002, the Texas Task Force on Genetically Modified Foods recommended GMO Labeling to all Texans. In the 10 years since this taskforce reported back, nothing has been done. No legislation on this issue has been passed, or even voted on, at the state or local level. Many places such as Hungary, Peru, France, and several other European countries have now banned and destroyed, or are in process of banning, Monsanto crops.

 

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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.

4 Responses

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  2. Congratulations to all on this protest. You have the support of many thousands in other countries, expecially Vietnam who know the horrific damage Monsanto’s Agent Orange has done to the people, forests and land of that country.

    Many thousands of unborn babies died through Agent Orange, and it has left a legacy of near to four million still suffering for its effects. For more information of this go to: http://www.aoag.org

  3. Becky HolmesMarch 19th, 2012

    Well I do agree with you that Monsanto is an evil monopoly and should be stopped, but I do not agree with the protestors yelling out “F–k Monsanto” twice. If you want to get your message across, you can do it without lowering yourselves to that level. Fewer people will be alienated by your words and your cause if you present yourselves with pride and decency.

  4. Just pretend to get the facts straight can you? The company called Monsanto today is not teh same compnay that was founded in 1901. The current Monsanto was spun off of Pharmacia in ~2001. They didn’t make agent orange (that was never orange by the way), and they didn’t make PCBs. They do make RoundUp and GM crops and proud of them they are. They have saved billions of lbs of chemical insecticide from being used. They have done more than the whole organic bsuiness to reduce chemical insecticide use but I suspect you don’t get it

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