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Following are two videos of local activism efforts to protect our food supply from corporate takeover by Monsanto and other similarly motivated companies.  Monsanto is the creator of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), which are engineered to withstand pesticides like Roundup.  Unfortunately this means that we also end up ingesting Roundup when we eat crops that are staples of the American diet, mainly corn and soy.  Canola, made from the rapeseed, is another crop that people generally believe is beneficial.  In fact it is genetically modified.much of the time.

Media coverage of the marches, which took place globally, was extremely sparse.  This is concerning as it gives Monsanto and its peers the opportunity to create a reality where GMO foods are not problematic and GMO labeling is not a consumer right.  The March Against Monsanto was actually created in response to the defeat of Prop 37 in California, which would have made GMO labeling mandatory. A similar bill in Washington state was also defeated at the time.

As of now, Vermont is the only state to have enacted a law that enforces this important consumer right.  This bill makes it illegal for any food containing GMO’s to be labeled as ‘natural’ or ‘all-natural’.  Vermont is also likely to face a powerful legal backlash from Monsanto of appeals and possible lawsuits.

As of now, bills mandating GMO labeling is under consideration in 29 states.  These bills will no doubt come under fire from Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a consortium that processes massive amounts of food containing the GMO crops soy, corn and canola.