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.
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.