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May 25, 2014

Protesters rally against agro giant Monsanto



High-risk crops include canola, corn, papaya, soy, sugar beets, zucchini and yellow summer squash. Other crops are at high risk due to contamination from cross-pollination. Most of Monsanto’s patented products are designed to be herbicide resistant and/or to repel pests through genetic modification. Genetic contamination is an ongoing concern by organic growers and consumers who want to avoid GMOs.

“Monsanto’s ability to force farmers to pay them for seed and plant their GMO modified seeds when they affect another’s land and crops is evil,” said Norman activist, Mary Francis. “Pollen is insidious. It doesn’t know any fences or borders.”

Monsanto has filed 145 lawsuits since 1997 in the U.S. for saving seeds or using seeds that their investigators said were patented. In some cases, the farmers said they never planted those seeds and crops must have been cross-pollinated. When farmers buy Monsanto’s patented seeds, they sign an agreement that they will not save and replant those seeds.

Privett and Oklahoma Food Co-op President Bob Waldrop encouraged people to vote with their dollars.

Many GMOs are created to be herbicide resistant to accommodate chemically managed crops. One girl at the March was dressed as a bee. Chemical-intensive agriculture, such as that associated with Monsanto’s industrial farm products, is considered a primary contributor to colony collapse disorder. Colony collapse is the name scientists use to describe the sudden disappearance of bees. Many crops cannot be grown without bees and other pollinators.

Privett said one of the easiest ways to vote with your dollars is to eat more whole foods and less processed foods.

“Since our life-style change, I have naturally lost 15 pounds,” Privett said, noting that many processed foods have an addictive element to them that promote overeating. “We continue to share with family and friends what new discoveries we find.”

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