Submitted by GMO Free Orange County:
GMO Free Orange County has announced they will once again participate in March Against Monsanto to be held in Laguna Beach on Saturday, October 12. Last May 25th, over 1,000 people converged on Main Beach to participate in the “March Against Monsanto.” With the addition of a World Food Day Festival immediately following the march, it is hoped that even more people will attend. World Food Day falls on October 16th this year. The goal is to end world hunger with sustainable foods.
A rally and march will start at 1 p.m. at Main Beach Park and end up at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Street, Laguna Beach, which will be the location for the festival. The festival will boast noted speakers, musicians, and media presentations as well as informational tables. In celebration of World Food Day the event will begin at 2 p.m. The march and festival is designed as a peaceful family event and open to all concerned citizens.
A diverse group of people have been attracted to this gathering that is being replicated in 52 countries. It is anticipated that more than 3.5 Million people will take part in this Global Day of Action in more than 600 Cities World-wide on Saturday.
Concerned mothers, fathers, dietitians, medical practitioners and those who feel their health has been compromised by eating foods with GMOs are among the marchers. Speakers for the event in Laguna Beach include: Dr. Mark Filidei of Amen Clinics; Zen Honeycutt, Founder of Moms Across America; D'Marie Mulattieri from GMO Free Orange County and Expose the TPP - USA; and leading the lineup with be Orange County's youngest activist, 7-year-old Alicia Serratos, who has petitioned the Girl Scouts to remove GMOs from their cookies. Providing musical entertainment will be Scott Sechman.
Local organizer for Label GMOs, John Diaz, also a father and contractor, spends most of his non-working hours educating people about the danger of GMOs.
"It's just not right. They are genetically engineering our food supply that is resulting in the degradation of our health. We at least ought to know what is in our foods so we can make healthy choices. There are absolutely no clinical studies that prove that GMOs are healthy. We trust our government to protect our food supply. Unfortunately the creator of GMO foods, Monsanto, owns our government. Literally, former Monsanto employees have been appointed to key positions in Washington, including the FDA and USDA.”
Full details on the march in Laguna Beach can be found on the website www.mam-lb.com.
Recent concerns among the non-GMO community now include the probability of multi-national corporations using free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to destroy any labeling efforts and force participating nations to grow and or import GMO crops even though over 60 countries have either banned or severely restricted GMOs. This is particularly damaging since no clinical trials on GMOs have exceeded three months.
Partners facilitating the organizing of March Against Monsanto Laguna Beach include LabelGMOs and Mothers Across America; sponsors include Mother's Market and the American Indian Movement.