People took to the streets in more than 400 cities on six continents Saturday for a global action against the agribusiness giant Monsanto. Here in New York City, about 100 people marched against Monsanto’s use of the herbicide glyphosate, which some studies have shown may cause cancer.
Athena Manolopoulos: “My name is Athena, and I’m here at this protest because I think Monsanto is a terrible company in so many ways. It hurts the planet. It hurts animals. It hurts people. It hurts our bodies. And they really just only care about profit and having global control over our food supply. And they’re not open-minded about having their food labeled or tested properly. And they certainly don’t care about the people who are eating it, and they certainly don’t care about their farmers, who are being debt-trapped and committing suicide on a daily basis.”
In Mexico, demonstrators said they did not want Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds to take root in the country because they threaten native crops.
Urbano Silvestre: “They (Monsanto) want every grain of corn in the world to have some of their chemical products. Why? So every time someone wants to sow corn, they have to ask permission and pay Monsanto to do it. And each time someone sells corn, they have to pay a commission to them.”
Adelita San Vicente: “We believe that in Mexico, as the origin point of corn, the most important grain for humanity today, the sowing of Monsanto seeds should not be allowed at any point. We are the genetic reservoir of this grain, which is capable of resisting climate change and, after oil, is the most widely used product. And that status of Mexico as the origin point of corn should be preserved.”