Free doc streaming online: The World According to Monsanto
On May 25, activists around the world are planning to March Against Monsanto. The activist effort will take place in 250 cities in 36 countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Why? Well, among other reasons, those involved with the march say that agribusiness giant Monsanto has been given a pass, particularly by the U.S. government, to push its genetically modified foods, agricultural chemicals and other products as safe, despite studies that show that there could be serious health concerns related to some of the products the company is behind. Of particular concern to those who keep tabs on the company is the fact that the U.S. Congress and regulatory agencies have a pretty cozy relationship with Monsanto – Congress recently passed what’s been called the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which allows farmers to plant crops using Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds before they’ve even been deemed safe by the USDA.
Locally, people are gathering for an Orlando version of the March Against Monsanto at 2 p.m. beginning at City Hall (400 S. Orange Ave.).
“We are not marching to alienate or antagonize our community, but to antagonize and expose Monsanto,” organizer Maria Rubin writes. “This is the first of what can be many battles against Monsanto in Orlando, it is important to keep the good will of the community for future larger events. … We will start out at City Hall where we will have a speaker, Maya Fiallos has agreed to speak as a local Organic farmer. We are also trying to get an elected official or two. We will march from City Hall down south street to Rosalind, we will march up Rosalind passed Lake Eola and turn down Robinson to Orange Ave. We will end the march at City Hall. This will be the official end of the march, but any who chose can pass out fliers wherever they like, many plan to do so.”
If you’re looking for more information on Monsanto, or why activists have such strong feelings about the company, watch this documentary below. It’s called ‘The World According to Monsanto,’ and it explores the company’s legacy of releasing questionable substances on the public.