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Action against Monsanto part of Regional Occupy Summit this Saturday in Grand Rapids

March 12, 2012

This Saturday, (March 17) there will be a Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit, where people from various Occupy groups throughout the state will converge in Grand Rapids to share information, experiences and skills with anyone who wished to attend.

The summit will take place on the GVSU downtown campus in the Loosemore Auditorium from 11:00AM til 11:00PM, with workshops and educational sessions offered throughout the day.  A breakdown of the day can be viewed on the Grand Rapids Activist Calendar.

Part of the day will be spent both learning about the destructive practices of the multinational corporation Monsanto, plus a public protest against the company from 2:30PM – 4:00PM at Monument Park on the corner of Division and Fulton in downtown Grand Rapids.

According to Occupy GR’s blog:

Since it’s founding in 1901, Monsanto has had a sordid history riddled with outbreaks of dioxins, some of the most dangerous of chemical substances like agent orange, and constant controversy over their business methods.

There will be information sessions about Monsanto at the 10th Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit that will talk about the company and their connection to:

  • an estimated 25,000 suicides in India
  • “Terminator Seeds”
  • their aggressive patent strategies that are putting many organic and non-Monsanto farmers out of business
  • their corruption of our government through executives and corporate lawyers being given positions in the EPA, the FDA, the court system.

You can also access information about the 10th Michigan Inter-Occupational Summit and the Monsanto protest this Saturday at this link.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. sean permalink
    March 12, 2012 9:43 pm

    What is meant by the “Monsanto: Feeding the world’s less educated” graphic?

    It strikes me as being relatively distasteful, elitist, and/or offensive. At the same time, it’s rather confusing and I don’t know what to make of it.

  2. March 12, 2012 10:02 pm

    Sean, I borrow this graphic from the Facebook event for this action. I took the graphic to be a satirical jab at Monsanto.

  3. sean permalink
    March 13, 2012 2:03 pm

    It’s just a random graphic posted on the event page by someone, not an official one that has anything to do with the Summit (or so it seems), so it saddens me that it was posted here.

    It strikes me as offensive and elitist (perhaps even a bit classist if you consider the cost differences in buying organic vs. just getting what is the cheapest at the store) because the graphic implies that only people who are “less educated” eat/use Monsanto products, when the reality is that most of us don’t have a choice. It seems like a pretty privileged and elitist argument to be making and reminds me of the worst cliches about activists who think they are better than everyone else and/or more enlightened then so-called “normal people.”

  4. March 13, 2012 2:13 pm

    Sean, I can understand why you might think that, but as I said I took it as satire, as sort of a tongue-in-cheek kind of jab at Monsanto. I certainly do not want to be seen as elitist and that was not the intent of the use of this graphic. I plan on being at the Monsanto protest this Saturday, so if you care to talk more about it then in person, I would welcome it.

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