FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ellice Campbell Media Facilitator March Against Monsanto email@example.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 America, Food & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ###
March Against Monsanto – Denver
October 12, 2013 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for Denver, CO in solidarity with over 50 countries
DENVER, CO. (October 12, 2013) – On Oct. 12, thousands of activists in Denver and surrounding areas will converge at the State Capitol at 11:00 a.m. in solidarity with the millions of activists from around the world, who will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. 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.
Speakers at the event are:
Gregg, The Bee Guru from Rocky Mountain Bee, operates the number one honeybee rescue operation in the country where they are dedicated to rescuing honeybees and relocating them to rescue sanctuaries along the Front Range. He will be talking about the demise of the essential honey bees and the insecticides called neonicotinoids behind it. Make sure to “bee” there to hear what he has to say… http://www.rockymountainbee.com/
Dr. John Lloyd DC will be speaking on how GMO’s can destroy our health and environment. A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. He will discuss the consequences of altering the natural growth cycle of our food and the staggering effect of doing so. His philosophy is that the human body, when given the correct environment, has enormous potential to heal itself. He holds degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and Logan University of Health Sciences in St. Louis, Missouri, among other accreditations. http://www.denverchiropracticdowntown.com/index.php?p=317254
Maximus Blesch has a business management degree and is a lifelong activist, having attended his first protest at age 12. He learned early on the importance of activism. He will discuss what Agent Orange is, when and how it was used, its lasting harmful effects and government compensation for exposed vets and their families. He will also discuss Children of Vietnam Veterans Healthcare Alliance (COVVHA) and the link between Agent Orange and GMOs.
GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced for human or animal consumption. In the USA, the revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led to key Monsanto figures occupying positions of power at the FDA and EPA. Monsanto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obstruct all labeling attempts; they also suppress any research containing results not in their favor. The scientifically established health risks include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility, infant mortality, birth defects, auto-immune conditions, allergies and increased cancer risks. GMOs have been partially banned by 16 countries, and are currently labeled in 62 countries.
See the National ‘March Against Monsanto’ Press Release for more information about GMOs and Supporting links: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/p/press-release.html
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2013
Art is Activism for New Fishy Food Cars
GMO Food Labeling Activist Group to Visit Denver in August
– On August 6 seventeen activists will set out on a cross-country 3300-mile journey from the US
Capitol to Seattle, Washington
for what is being called the “Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour.” The tour features five mutant GMO art cars
fitted with large roof-mounted sculptures and carrying information about the need for labeling genetically engineered (GMO) food
. The tour begins at the west side of the US Capitol on August 6 at 10am and arrives in Seattle on August 15, where the fishy food cars will debut at Seattle Hempfest
is a national battleground over the GMO food issue. Voters there will decide this November whether foods with GMO ingredients should be labeled as such. The Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour will pass through thirteen states and nine state capitals with events along the way, including two events in Denver, a welcome dinner on August 10
, and a rally at the Colorado state capitol building on August 12
, beginning at eight thirty in the morning. A complete schedule of the tour can be found at www.AreWeEatingFishyFood.com
“The Fishy Food art car fleet’s cross-country swim from Washington, DC to Washington State will get people talking about the importance of GMO labeling,” says David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, whose company supported the creation of the art cars.
Since 2011 there has been a rebirth in citizen activism around the issue of knowing what’s in our food. That year, the Right to Know March for GMO labeling walked 313 miles from Brooklyn, NY to the gates of the White House in Washington, DC. “The ‘R2K’ march was obscure to most people, but two years later there is widespread awareness of unlabeled GMO foods thanks to voter initiatives, increased legislative efforts, world-wide protests, and creative education efforts like the Fishy Food cars,” says Bronner.
Genetic Engineering means more pesticides. Chemical companies genetically engineer DNA from bacteria into food crops to either produce or tolerate the pesticides they sell. This foreign DNA produces foreign proteins in every cell of the plant that we eat in our food. No long-term independent safety studies have been performed on adverse health effects. Overuse of pesticide is creating resistant superweeds and superbugs, which leads to more pesticides being sprayed. Now chemical companies like Monsanto and Dow are engineering resistance in food crops to much more toxic weed killers like Dicamba and 2,4 D, the main ingredient in Agent Orange.
While over 60 countries—EU nations, China, Russia, Japan, Brazil, and South Africa included—require labeling of GMOs, US consumers can currently only rely on voluntary labeling to determine whether food products have been genetically altered through gene splicing technology.
Origins of the FishyFood Cars
The first car in the Fishy Food fleet was “Poppy
,” aka Fishy Corn Car
. Created in September 2011 by César Maxit and DC51 artist collective. Fishy Corn was constructed with a frame made of welded steel and a skin of chicken wire and tape. The design was implemented for the Right2Know March
, where Fishy Corn served as a support vehicle to carry leaflets, organic snacks and water, and to ferry people to the front of the march when they were falling behind. Later that year Maxit, working with welder & fiberglass artist David Jackson, began building a larger and more durable Fishy Corn sculpture from fiberglass with a heavy steel frame. The new and improved Fishy Corn car went to Monsanto headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri for the 2012 annual shareholder meeting with activist Adam Eidinger. He parked the car on the agribusiness giant’s campus and debated Monsanto’s CEO Hugh Grant on GMO labeling during the meeting. A secret video
of the encounter went viral online shortly afterwards.Fishy Corn then stayed in St. Louis with activists and after a few months swam to California to support Proposition 37
, a GMO labeling voter initiative that failed by less than 2% in November 2012. In December, Fishy Corn made a southern tour with members of the Real Cooperative
who returned it home to Washington, DC.In January 2013, Maxit began building four more Fishy Food creations using extensive volunteer labor from the Washington, DC community. By the beginning of March 2013, the Fishy Sugar Beet
aka “Rooty” swam onto the scene. Since then, Fishy Apple
aka “Goldie,” and Fishy Soy
aka “Soja Girl” have been completed. Fishy Tomato
aka “K-Sup” is was completed today July 15, 2013.
“People want healthier food than what GMO food has to offer,” says Rica Madrid, coordinator of the Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour. “You can measure the impact these educational vehicles are having by the reaction and excitement on people’s faces and the large number of shares we see in social media,” says Madrid.
Members of the media are encouraged to embed with the Are We Eating Fishy Food fleet for some or all of the tour. Contact Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671 or email@example.com to make arrangements.
Guest Blogger : Brian Loma
As the March Against Monsanto is close at hand, we are grateful to Colorado local KGNU has once again been gracious in bringing the community real news about what all the noise is about. Today KGNU is celebrating 35 years of public education. Come take a listen as Ellice Campbell spends time on Metro a locally produced news and public affairs talk show.
Information begins with Micro RNA’s that impact all forms of life through active genetic modification of our human cells is discussed. There is a danger in consuming the poisons used to deter weed growth and natural insects in over 80% of farms producing corn and soybeans. These poisons are used with genetically modified plants that have had their genetics spliced with bacteria to survive the poisons used. The food then carries parts of this poison in it as the crops leave the farm and head for factory. These crops are processed and end up in most of the food available in grocery stores today. While it has been proven that animals eating these crops have developed cancer, gone through phantom conception and delivered empty birthsacks and experienced all kinds of other diseases. Additionally the The American Academy of Environmental Medicine advises their doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets as they have found GMO’s to cause reproductive, immune system, aging problems and so much more. Education is the most important factor. The impact of disease has impacted the human race as well. This is because the primary company that has developed these crops, Monsanto – aware of these scientific facts has done everything to remove themselves from liability for the effects of their creation while they continue to pump out these crops. 80% of corn is GMO corn. High fructose corn syrup is in all the food you eat. These crops are continued to be produced with the knowledge that the food created from it can kill.
This year a bill passed through congress called, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 which is often called the “Monsanto Protection Act” who’s purpose (in layman’s terms) is to indemnify Monsanto Corporation and other GMO producers from persecution when this becomes an epidemic. We believe this is a crime against humanity. Many of us remember when poison stickers were something you put on chemicals in the house to warn children of their danger. And now, we believe it is time to require food manufacturing companies to be required to label the food products they make when poisons #GMO’s are used in the production of our food. It’s easy to agree that eating rotten, moldy or contaminated foods is not advised because people can get sick and die. It’s time for us to stand together and make the same statement made to chemical companies, label your products so consumers know what they are purchasing. It’s illogical that the healthy and safe food to eat be labeled and not the dangerous items.
Please take the time to listen to the full audio piece from KGNU here :
March Against Monsanto ~Denver
May 25, 2013, 11am-4pm
Colorado State Capitol-West Steps
200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80203
Director/Producer, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives
Bestselling Author, Genetic Roulette and Seeds of Deception
Executive Director, Institute for Responsible Technology
Mr. Smith has counseled leaders from every continent, campaigned to end the use of genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST), and influenced the first state laws in the United States regulating GMOs. A popular keynote speaker around the globe, Mr. Smith has been described as “a life-changer”. Mr. Smith has lectured in 30 countries and has been quoted by world leaders and hundreds of media outlets including, The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC World Service, Nature, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, The Times (London), Associated Press, Reuters News Service, LA Times, Time Magazine and Genetic Engineering News. Mr. Smith is also a popular guest on leading radio shows and television programs, such as NPR and The Dr. Oz Show
* Danielle Morrow- from Food & Water Watch will discuss GE labeling and the corporate influence over our food system
* John Fehringer -Organic farmer
* Alan Lewis- How the GMO debate is unfolding in Washington
* Adam Powars- Personal Trainer
* Eric Belsey-Urban farmer
* DJ Brick Lee with Treehouse collective
* Broslyn Bards
* The Rowdy Shadehouse
* Lafayette St Players, sponsored by the First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, Denver. Musical performance to Les Mis called Do You Hear the People Sing? . ** hopefully turn into a flash mob
Food available for purchase from Local Organic Lunch
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!