Swarm the Globe to Save the Pollinators!

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August 16, National Honeybee Day, Activists will Swarm Denver to Save the Pollinators, Colorado State Capitol building, 10:30 am

 

DENVER (August 15, 2014) – March Against Monsanto – Denver in collaboration with Bee Against Monsanto- Denver, has announced that on August 16, they will join activists around the world in a global Swarm to Save the Bees. Organizers of the Denver event are asking attendees to come dressed as their favorite pollinator to “Swarm Denver” in a family friendly march and ‘Colony Collapse’ to bring awareness along the 16th St Mall!

 

Speakers to include:

David Wheeler, Bee Safe Neighborhoods, A musician and musicologist who has taught and performed the Japanese bamboo flute called the shakuhachi for over 35 years, David Kansuke Wheeler is also a parent, a housekeeper and back yard gardener.

 

Don Studinski, dba Honeybee Keep, is a permaculture enthusiast and member of the board of directors at Living Systems Institute (LSI) where he applies permaculture philosophy to beekeeping. Honeybee Keep manages Colorado’s first Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) apiaries: LSI in Golden and Cottonwood Farm in Boulder. As a beekeeping mentor, Don provides advice and counsel for students throughout the United States, teaches classes and performs public speaking events. He writes extensively about beekeeping on his own website and for a variety of others, including Bee Culture magazine, Peak Prosperity, Selene River Press and Honeybee Haven.

 

Janet Muse, LSW is a Licensed Social Worker currently serving as a child and family therapist. Janet is also an E-RYT yoga instructor registered through the yoga alliance, and a trained birth doula. She is an activist in the areas of bee/pollinator protection, environment/wildlife protection and conservation, civil rights, animal rights, and breed specific legislation (removing it that is). In short, her work is to promote the mental and spiritual health and well-Being of the animals, individuals, and families she is so blessed to serve.

 

Denver MAM online: https://mamdenver.org/

 

For local media inquiries, to schedule an interview, or for general information, contact Ellice Campbell at ellicecampbell@enlightenedlotuswellness.com.

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For Immediate Release: May 24, the second annual ‘March Against Monsanto’ to take place at the City of Cuernavaca Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMAM logo graphic   Contact: Ellice Campbell Media Facilitator March Against Monsanto marchagainstmonsantocolorado@gmail.com 720.477.0057

May 24, the second annual ‘March Against Monsanto’  to take place

at the City of Cuernavaca Park, 10am

  DENVER (May 19, 2014) – March Against Monsanto has announced that on May 24, tens of thousands of activists around the world will once again “March Against Monsanto.”  Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in over 400 cities. A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at www.march-against-monsanto.com.   The new larger, but still central location at the  City of Cuernavaca Park will allow for music, GMO educational speakers, as well as activities for the kids including a Butterfly Wing Making Craft Area.  The vending area will include a variety of healthy and environmentally friendly businesses and programs.   This year, organizers have focused on providing an educational, family friendly event and have chosen a Save the Bees & Butterflies theme. The focus on raising awareness and education is necessary since Right to Know Colorado GMO has formally launched a campaign demanding mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods or GMOs across Colorado.  The ballot initiative was approved by the Colorado Supreme Court in March, and now 86,105 notarized signatures must be collected by August 4, to force a November GMO label election.   Speakers & Performers to include: Dr. Katherine Peterson, ND,  practices as a Primary Care Naturopathic Physician here in Colorado.   She has had a lifelong interest in medicine and has a diverse background working with ski patrol, EMT-IV, chiropractic assistant, dialysis Tech, hospice worker, personal trainer and yoga instructor.   Local favorites, the Wandering Monks are scheduled to perform. Originating in the socially barren environment of the front range of Colorado, Wandering Monks is a musical entity consisting of rapper/producer McAD and his emcee partner Linguistory. The duo has worked tirelessly to create a unique brand of conscious underground hip hop that blends multiple genres yet maintains a unique sound.   Community Partners supporting the March Against Monsanto ~Denver include , Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Right to Know Colorado, Moms Across AmericaFood & Water Watch, and the Institute for Responsible Technology. Official national website: www.march-against-monsanto.com. Denver MAM online: https://mamdenver.org/   For local media inquiries, to schedule an interview, or for general information, contact Ellice Campbell at ellicecampbell@enlightenedlotuswellness.com. ###

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Tell Monsanto to come clean about Roundup

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Monsanto has spent the past three decades wrecking our environment, poisoning our bodies, and pushing species of crops to the verge of extinction with a wide array of toxic products. And Monsanto’s signature herbicide, Roundup, does all these things at once — but Monsanto has lied over and over and said that the product is perfectly safe. Yet independent research has found the chemical is creating herbicide-resistant superweeds, making a species of butterfly extinct, and disrupting normal human body functions.
Monsanto has inflicted awful damage upon the Earth and its inhabitants, but the company is finally facing significant blowback. Now, while the tide in the ongoing war of consumers vs. the agriculture giant is swinging our way, it is the time to call on Monsanto to tell the truth about the effects of Roundup.
Tell Monsanto: Stop ignoring the deadly effects of your top herbicide. Provide more information about the real effects of Roundup. 
After years of lobbying European governments to allow the cultivation of Monsanto GMO plants and seeds, Monsanto finally quit lobbying because the company could not gain support on the continent. This week, an American appeals court has prevented Monsanto from suing farmers that might inadvertently grow Monsanto laced crops.
We’re standing as consumers, shareholders and citizens of the world to say “enough is enough” and demanding Monsanto stop lying that Roundup is safe and start putting strict limits on the amount of Roundup it sells to any one area until we know more. Every day we delay is another species near extinction, another superweed created, another child who falls sick. But every signature we get brings us one step closer to stopping Monsanto from destroying our planet with Roundup — and showing Monsanto that we won’t let it continue leading us down that path of destruction.
Monsanto: Stop lying that Roundup is safe and put strict limits on its use.

More Information:

How Monsanto Went From Selling Aspirin to Controlling Our Food Supply, AlterNet, 18 April, 2013
Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers-U.S. study, Reuters, 25 April, 2013
Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population, Natural Society, 6 March, 2012

 

The Monsanto Protection Act was only the beginning

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According to Food Democracy Now

If you thought the Monsanto Protection Act was bad, wait until you hear about big biotech’s plans to permanently silence their critics in a state-by-state battle that strips local democratic decision making and puts America’s farmers, their seed supply and local agriculture at risk.
Some thought that the Monsanto Protection Act would only last 6 months, but at Food Democracy Now we know the real problem is that this is a part of a larger effort by the biotech seed and chemical giants to permanently and legally protect their flawed GMO products.
Late last Thursday afternoon in the Oregon legislature, a dangerous bill, SB 633, passed out of the Rural Communities and Economic Development committee by a vote of 3 to 2. If SB 633 – which is being called Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act – passes the legislature, it will permanently strip Oregon’s farmers and citizens of the right to make local agricultural decisions that protect area farmers, local economies and organic seed production.

Known as a seed preemption bill, Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act seeks to protect big biotech interests in Oregon. The region of Rogue Valley in Jackson County, a crown jewel of organic, non-GMO and heritage seed production, is being put at risk of permanent genetic pollution should this bill pass. The stakes couldn’t be higher!

Monsanto and the biotech industry are desperate to stop a farmer and citizen-led ballot initiative in Jackson County, Oregon that would ban the growing of genetically engineered crops in that county. Local farmers and residents have sought a ballot initiative to protect local organic and conventional, non-GMO farmers and their seed supply from being contaminated by Monsanto’s GMO pollen.
Already, Monsanto’s lobbyists are crawling through the Oregon capital trying to round up votes before the truth can come out publicly that they’re working overtime to undermine America’s basic democratic rights once again. But we won’t let them get away with it.
Ominously, the Monsanto Protection Act, Section 735 of the continuing resolution, H.R. 933, that passed last month in Washington DC and prompted endless controversy is now being cited as supporting evidence for the Oregon seed preemption bill. In an email to an Oregon constituent from Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) the bill’s chief sponsor and chair of the committee that the bill just passed out of, makes clear he’s doing the bidding of Monsanto and the biotech seed industry.
According to Senator Roblan’s office:
“With this background information in mind, and given that the DA promulgated rules through the APHIS, does the CFCAA, 2013, H.B. 933 § 735, impact a State’s ability to regulate GMOs?  In essence, one reviewer of the act noted that ‘Even if the courts find that a (genetically engineered) crop shouldn’t be planted until more research is done about its safety, no one could stop that crop from being planted, even temporarily’ because Federal Law supersedes state law and most definitely, local Ordinance,” wrote Roblan’s office.
Under current Oregon law, local citizens have the right to make democratic decisions concerning local agricultural practices through ballot initiatives. And Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act is seen as another corporate handout to agribusiness to protect biotech seed and chemical monopolies like Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta from the growing number of American farmers and citizens who have become concerned about the flaws of genetically engineered crops and outraged over the undemocratic lobbying practices that these giant multinational companies use to deceptively garner growth in the marketplace at the expense of human and environmental health and farmers’ livelihoods.
Last month, because more than 300,000 Food Democracy Now! members stood strong against Monsanto, we have forced one U.S. Senator to publicly apologize, and the hometown paper of Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), the alleged man behind the original Monsanto Protection Act, issued a blistering editorial against him and members of Congress.
Join us May 25, 2013 at the Colorado state capitol building, to stand in solidarity in protest with our global neighbors against the monopoly of our food supply. It is time to take back our food!