Marching against Monsanto.

26 May

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Yesterday was March Against Monsanto Day all over the world. Andy, myself and our friend Charlie went up to Dublin on the train. On the way we made stickers to distribute on the march.

 

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Charlie drew the cartoon bees and Andy and I coloured them in.

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It made the journey very short to be occupied on the way. On reaching Dublin we went into the centre on the Luas and then on to Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant.  A good meal to sustain us on the march. Forgot to take a pic but the meal was utterly delicious.

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As we made our way to the Garden of Remembrance, where the march was starting, we placed a few stickers in prominent spots. This one on The Spire, a stainless steel momument on O’Connell street.

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On reaching the Garden of Remembrance I was a bit shocked to find very few people there.  However by 2.30 a crowd of about 300 had gathered. A bit better but in my view a very disappointing turnout. GM  food is such a serious issue I just can’t understand why people are so apathetic. If one did a survey most people would say they didn’t want GM foods. What they don’t know is that even in Ireland GM foods are already here. Animal feeds all contain genetically modified maize, unless they are organic, so our food chain here is already contaminated. I also learned yesterday that GM potatoes are being trialed in Ireland this year. They were planted last week in Co. Carlow.

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The march first stopped at the Dail and then on to the Department of Agriculture.

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Tony O’Brien who organised the march spoke very passionately and said that this was just the beginning of the campaign against Monsanto worldwide. I suppose the biggest way to hit them is financially by not buying their products,  but without clear labelling this is hard to do unless one can buy organic produce.

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Most people are just trying to survive in this recession so it is hard to opt for higher priced organic foods. Even finding them can be hard unless one is near a good Farmers Market.

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With the possibility of fracking in Ireland also on the agenda it seems a strong possibility that our clean green image is to be sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed and exploitation. How sad is that??!!

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However, as the saying goes, life goes on. One has to balance being concerned about these issues with trying to do your bit and living a happy, peaceful life. We will grow what we can, from organic and home saved seeds and try and buy what we can organic.  Trying to live as sustainably as we can is about all an individual can do but together we could do so much….

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To finish here is the cutest doggie of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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33 Responses to “Marching against Monsanto.”

  1. silverbells2012 May 26, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Isn’t the EU trying to stop people saving their own seeds?

    There seems to be some confusion about how extensive these laws will be – if for example they extend to private individuals keeping their own or sharing with other private individuals.

    Anyway, the bees look great and it is good you made the effort to stand up to Monsanto.

    • bridget May 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      The Plant Reproductive Material laws are currently being discussed by the EU Commissioners. Before the bill was presented they relented on the home seeds saving and swopping because of public outcry. However, the left an opening…the law can be reversed at any time without going back to the Parliament.

      • silverbells2012 May 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

        That’s really appalling… so at the moment, I can collect my fennel seeds and sow them next year but by next year the law could have changed without it being discussed?!

      • bridget May 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

        Yes, if the powers that be deem it so. It will take more than their word to stop me seed saving. x

      • silverbells2012 May 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

        How will they know unless they get a warrant to search your house, anyway!!

  2. gardendaze May 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Here in my state we supposedly passed a bill requiring labeling of GMO foods. But we put so many requirements in the bill–things like adjoining states of New York and New Jersey also have to pass similar legislation and states with a population of 5 million total have to agree to join us–so really, we’ve passed nothing but “feel good” legislation. So silly and meaningless. Maybe someday it will all change. Keep fighting the good fight, Bridget!

    Karla

  3. KL May 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Congratulations for participating in such honorable march. I think more people don’t turn up because they have no idea about such march. For example, I don’t have any idea if any such marches took place here or not. Never heard or got any message though I am member of so many environment-related organizations. Another could be transportation. I don’t know about Ireland but here if any marches took place, then they were going to be in Trenton; there are no direct train service there. If I had to drive, then it was going to be a 2 hour drive, spending gas and polluting environment on the way.

    Monsanto honestly needs to be stopped and we have no idea that their tentacles are everywhere. Apparently, they have a seed growing company under them. These seeds are not treated or GMO. And many other seed/plant producing companies buy from them. Burpee is one of them, and I was not even aware of it. I came to know about it recently!! So, it is a huge battle to constantly monitor that whatever you are doing or buying does not, some way, make profit for Monsanto.

    Everything is becoming very sad stories :-(….

  4. cathsveggies1 May 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Well done on taking a stand and going to the march,Bridget.

  5. Anne Wilson May 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    We went to the march in Galway, around 100 people attended. Hopefully the potatoes planted in Carlow wont be there too long, plans are afoot! Apparently this government sold out the green image and GM free status within the first six months of them coming to power. I really don’t think it is a question of being able to afford to buy Organic, it is a question of priority’s. If youngsters can afford to spend 350 euros to see ‘One Direction’ and the shows are sold out it rather shows that money is not as short as we are led to believe.

    • bridget May 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      It was actually the Fianna Fail crowd who changed the GM allowed in animal feeds here, not that this crowd are any better. They are all for themselves and their friends in high places. As to people buying organic, there’s so little available in the supermarkets, where most people shop, that the choice just isn’t there.

  6. June May 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Well done and fair play to you and Andy, your friend Charlie and all those people who made the effort and turned out to show their solidarity against Monsanto and the globalists. I wanted to go, but with my commitment at the farmers’ market each Saturday, I couldn’t (especially as I wasn’t there last week due to illness).

    Organic food costing more money is, I feel, really just a negative spin that has been deliberately put out there by Big Food and the corporatocracy, to make us all collectively believe the lie that it’s ‘too expensive’. True, in that yes, it does cost a little bit more than so much of the crap we’re offered in the supermarkets that they want us to believe passes for ‘real’, fresh, wholesome food (more like ‘food-stuffs,’ if you ask me), but in reality, I truly feel and have come to the conclusion that it’s actually only just a little bit more money, item for item.

    What we pay ‘extra’ for at the health food shops and organic markets is, in my humble opinion, worth it in terms of getting more nutrition and more fresh, wholesome and
    most importantly, REAL food.

    350 euros for a ticket to see the latest flavour-of-the-month boy band??!!! I have no words….except to say, once again, well done to you and Andy and all those who are doing whatever they can against Mon-satan-to (great tee shirts, by the way) and GMOs, and corporatocracy in general.

    • bridget May 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Thanks June! Glad you are well again. It was a little disheartening that so few attended considering that over 1 million people now live in Dublin. Shows how many people actually give a f***. As to organics, yes, we and people like us see the worth there but the mass population just don’t get it. 350 for One Direction…I would’nt cross the road for them…but that’s how people prioritise nowadays. So sad!

  7. Melly May 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    we attended the Boycott Monsanto demonstration Yesterday and here is some of the video i shot. Part 2 still in the making, will be done around 1900. (rendering sucks!!)
    Speech was awesome!!
    Thanx to the organisation.

    Stay strong and keep us informed.

    • bridget May 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      Thank you so much for posting the video. Well done on your efforts.

  8. Charlie@Seattle Trekker May 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    It is important, and it is right. It doesn’t matter if it is one prson or a 100,000.

    • June May 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      Preach, Brother Charlie! Preach. Well said and very true. It IS important!

  9. islandthreads May 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    well done Bridget and Andy and Charlie, I love the word within a word tee-shirts but think the letter colours are the wrong way around, satan should be the red letters,
    they keep talking about clearer labeling here but companies find ways to keep it blurred,
    organic tastes much better too, it tastes more like food did when I was young, lots of food now-a-days is tasteless, Frances

    • bridget May 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      Totally agree Francis…organic is better…and yes so much supermarket food is just junk and totally tasteless. The tshirt is great but would be so much better with Satan in red.

  10. Mizz Winkens May 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Well done Bridget for going to the march. We had fully intended to go but have builders in the house who insisted on working on Sat….. And of course not much reported in media….it saddens me that people just don’t realise what’s happening under their noses. What to do??

    • bridget May 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

      What to do indeed! We can only carry on and do what we can.

  11. marieandtheappletree May 27, 2013 at 1:11 am #

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  12. Shawndra Miller May 27, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    I love that you made those stickers on the train! You and your partner are the coolest. Rock on. Here’s hoping the more people get out and raise awareness, the more others will join.

  13. Leigh May 27, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I don’t know how it is there, but in the US, at least, the will of the people means nothing. Politicians give lip service and pretend to disagree on important issues, but even when the people oppose certain issues like this, they are passed anyway. It’s hard not to get discouraged.

    • bridget May 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      Here in Ireland I think there’s a better chance of influencing change. Small country with a small population,4.5million, means that it’s somewhat easier to get to the politicians. We don’t have the same level of lobbying as the States either. Or maybe I’m just an optimistic soul!

      • cathsveggies1 May 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

        Do you really think we can influence our government, Bridget?? I don’t think so. Irish government is corrupt, same as rest of the world. I could go on, but I won’t!

      • bridget May 28, 2013 at 7:46 am #

        If people make enough of a racket about something they usually get some result…remember the pensioners. Of course they’re corrupt but it’s sort of still village pump politics here too which is an advantage in some ways. Maybe I’m just an optimistic soul….

  14. Rambling Woods May 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    I was pleased that there were several hundred people who turned out for the march near my home in Buffalo New York and that it was well covered by the local media. Thank you for what you are doing….. Michelle

  15. elaine May 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Nice one Bridget

    • Melly May 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Good that people from all over the world were marching. As you we marched. First we went true the city to a demo stage where we got to hear about current developtments than we marched on to the Monsanto headquarters in Wageningen, The Netherlands. 3000 were attending so a lot of support.
      I will send the link to the video made that day.

      Greetings from Holland.

      HELL NO, GMO!!

  16. Melly May 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Sorry, posted this one before, meant to post part 2….

    • bridget May 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

      Thanks for posting these videos. It great to know that other people were marching all over the world at the same time. Powerful stuff!

  17. nordicgardens May 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Love the stickers! I unfortunately couldn’t go to the Monsanto march here in Stockholm, Sweden. But I did write up a informationen pamphlet for other members to hand out at the march. A huge problem here in Sweden is that a large majority of the general public have no idea about Monsanto and the news coverage of the march was minimal.

    • bridget May 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Same problems here in Ireland. Very little media coverage, nothing at all on radio or TV, small piece in the newspapers. Dissappointing turnout of only 300 in a city of over 1 million people. As you say most people simply have no idea.

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