Midcoast March Against Monsanto is May 24

May 15, 2014

Rockland — Millions of activists from around the world will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs and other harmful agro-chemicals.

Locally, the march will take place Saturday, May 24, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in front of the First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway.

Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries,with events in more than 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states. A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at march-against-monsanto.com.

Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto, was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters.

“Monsanto’s predatory business and corporate agricultural practices threaten their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. MAM supports a sustainable food production system. We must act now to stop GMOs and harmful pesticides," she said in a news release.

Aimee Moffitt-Mercer, one of the organizers for Rockland's March, said,  “Whether you like it or not, chances are, Monsanto contaminated plenty of the conventionally grown food you ate today. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply, at the expense of common sense, and people’s health. I have a deep respect for the native pollinators and honeybees that we depend on, for the diversity of food on our plates and palates. Humans haven’t been designed to ingest GMOs, or to pollinate plants. Native pollinators, and honeybees, are eager to do a thorough job, while they gather nutrition for themselves, and are highly efficient At these tasks. Many being specific to the propagation of individual species of plants."

Participants are asked to wear red, carry signs, bring musical instruments. This is a family friendly march. Rain or shine!

For more information, email Aimee at aimee@midcoast.com or Meaghan at meabo15@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page at March Against Monsanto - Rockland, Maine

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