March Against Monsanto's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonsantoOrlando
A Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/events/147274678766425/) March Against Monsanto is organizing a nationwide protest against Obama's signing of a bill that contains a rider section that requires FDA and USDA to accept the production and sale of GMO foods regardless of any negative health consequences.
From Occupy Monsanto's website: http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2013/03/28/obama-gives-monsanto-get-out-of-jail-free-card/
"The protests come on the heels of a massive petition campaign organized by the advocacy group Food Democracy Now, which gathered the signatures of more than 200,000 people who wanted Obama to veto HR 933 in order to stop Section 735 — the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” — from being codified into law.
But Obama ignored it, instead choosing to sign a bill that effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future."
I would like to suggest our group show solidarity and represent Orlando in the fight for our health against corrupt corporations like Monsanto who aim to take over our food supply with GMO seed.
We would meet at 2pm on Saturday May 25th at Orlando City Hall with pickets, posters, banners to demand the repeal of the "Monsanto Protection Act" and wear green. We can distribute informational flyers for people who ask us what we are protesting. It would be cool to end the event at an organic restaurant/cafe to show support and have refreshments after marching. I know Drunken Monkey and Dandelion Cafe are nearby, but haven't mapped how far they are. Any other suggestions would be great!! :-)
Here is the mission statement from the group organizing in Tampa:
On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.
Why do we march?
Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply.
Monsanto's GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world's bee population.
What are solutions we advocate?
Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make informed decisions.
Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act."
Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
Holding Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.