Monsanto Protest on May 25th Drew Large Crowd to Balboa Park in San Diego

by on May 28, 2013 · 4 comments

in Civil Rights, Environment, Organizing, San Diego

photo (16)By Doug Porter

San Diego

San Diego

I wasn’t too surprised by the lack of coverage of San Diego’s demonstration against Monsanto this past Saturday. If you read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, you’ll realize that successful protest movements rarely get proper credit or acclaim for their influence.

Our local daily fishwrap, aka UT-San Diego, couldn’t be bothered to send an actual reporter to Balboa Park on Saturday. They relied instead on an Associated Press account in Sunday’s paper that mentioned Los Angeles and perhaps there were some other protests…yada, yada, yada… The Los Angeles Times coverage at least mentioned that there was a protest in San Diego.

San Diego

San Diego

I went. I took my family. We had a great time. So did 1500 other people gathered around the fountain in BalboaPark on a perfect San Diego day.

The rally reminded me of protests from the very early days of the Vietnam War. Home made signs, colorful garb and a positive vibe were the order of the day. Like the national and international demonstrations again Monsanto, San Diego’s rally was born on the internet by people who believed in a cause. There was nothing slick or professional about it.

San Diego

San Diego

From the (U.K.) Guardian story, here’s the big picture:

Organisers say that two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the US and in more than 50 other countries on Saturday.

“March Against Monsanto” protesters say they wanted to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. Founder and organiser Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities across 52 countries.

Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits, or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply. Most corn,

soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified. But some say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.

San Diego

San Diego

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The “March Against Monsanto” movement began just a few months ago, when Canal created a Facebook page on 28 February calling for a rally against the company’s practices. “If I had gotten 3,000 people to join me, I would have considered that a success,” she said Saturday. Instead, she said, two million responded to her message.

The photographs from around the world are from Facebook. San Diego pictures were taken by Haley Joy Porter.

Ireland

Ireland

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Sacramento

Sacramento

Ontario, Canada

Ontario, Canada

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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avatar John O. May 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I hope that more people take an active part in researching, discussing, and expressing themselves when it comes to the topic of Monsanto, their business practices, and GMOs (particularly labels).
I attended the discussion at Balboa Park at the World Beat Center. It was informative. I cannot believe that people are not taking this issue more seriously. Caution and choice (labels) should be prescribed for everyone.

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avatar Patty Jones May 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Hey John, actually I have been encouraged that people are wanting more information, just based on the traffic we have gotten to the Monsanto articles we’ve posted lately. We’ve been posting about GMOs and Monsanto for a long time now, but it’s been only recently that people are seeking them out.

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