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MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO (Laguna Beach)

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Join a world-wide march against Monsanto, the agricultural giant who brought you this:

"Genetically modified seed giant Monsanto likes to trumpet its "commitment to sustainable agriculture. (http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/Pages/our-commitment-to-sustainable-agriculture.aspx)" The story goes like this: by generating novel, high-tech crop varieties, Monsanto will wean farmers off of synthetic chemical poisons. The company even markets (http://www.monsanto.com/products/Pages/agricultural-herbicides.aspx) its flagship product, seeds genetically engineered to survive its own Roundup weed killer, as a tool they can use to to "decrease the overall use of herbicides." But herbicide use has actually dramatically ramped up as the Roundup Ready technology conquers vast swaths of US farmland. That's because weeds quickly developed resistance to it, forcing farmers to apply ever-larger doses and resort to older, more toxic herbicides (http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/10/superweeds-revive-old-highly-toxic-herbicide) to combat resistant weeds. And while the company has tried hard to leave behind its past as a purveyor of toxic chemicals and rebrand itself as a technology company, those toxic chemicals remain central to its growth and profitability, as its latest quarterly profit report shows." (Tom Philpott, http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/04/roundup-usual-suspect-herbicide-sales-drive-monsanto-profit)