March Against Monsanto, Indianapolis & Grow Local Roots!

The next March Against Monsanto will take place on Saturday May 23th, 2015 Worldwide and in Indianapolis, IN, Hosted by Indy Action Group and accompanied by the event GROW LOCAL ROOTS! taking place at The Indianapolis City Market Plaza and Stage, located at 222 East Market Street, Indianapolis IN 46204 (Northeast corner of N Delaware St. and E Market St.) This is a RAIN OR SHINE event! If it rains the Grow Local Roots! part of the event will be located inside The City Market.

The event will include a March Against Monsanto rally and demonstration and will conclude with the ?March” Against Monsanto leaving from The City Market at 2:00 pm and marching to the Statehouse then returning to The City Market.

The Event will include an Information Fair & Marketplace located in the City Market Plaza, Keynote speakers, and Live Music on the City Market Plaza Stage.

The Information Fair & Marketplace GROW LOCAL ROOTS! aims to bring information and LOCAL RESOURCES to the community. With special focus on Local, Non-GMO, Chemical Free, All Natural, Organic, and Sustainably produced Foods and products, Holistic well-being, and also supporting like-minded Local Initiatives, Organizations, and Businesses. Bring your reusable bags for shopping!

Limited Free parking located in the lot on the northeast corner of Market and Alabama.

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Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation based in the United States. Monsanto has developed several chemical products which have become controversial or have been banned. Monsanto is the producer of Roundup herbicide and is also the largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seeds on the planet.

Monsanto hinders the development of sustainable agriculture, the healthfulness of our food, the health of our environment, and the health of our citizens in several ways, including but not limited to the following:

#1: Lobbying and Advertising
Monsanto outspends all other agribusinesses and interest groups to persuade Congress and the public, pushing an agenda that runs counter to sustainable agriculture, and to maintain dominance over our food system.

#2: Suppressing Research
By creating obstacles to independent research on its products, Monsanto makes it harder for farmers and policy makers to make informed decisions that can lead to more sustainable agriculture.

#3: Promoting Pesticide Resistance
Monsanto’s RoundupReady and Bt technologies lead to resistant weeds and insects that can make farming harder and reduce sustainability.

#4: Increasing Herbicide Use
Roundup resistance has led to greater use of herbicides, with troubling implications for biodiversity, sustainability, and human health.

#5: Spreading Gene Contamination
The history of GE crops shows that it is not a matter of whether they will contaminate other farmers? crops, but when and how much. Monsanto jeopardizes the purity of non-GE and organic food sectors?and the environmental benefits they provide.

#6: Expanding Monoculture
Monsanto’s emphasis on limited varieties of a few commodity crops contributes to reduced biodiversity and, as a consequence, to increased pesticide use and fertilizer pollution.

#7: Marginalizing Alternatives
Monsanto’s single-minded emphasis on GE fixes for farming challenges comes at the expense of cheaper, more effective, more sustainable solutions.

#8: Falling Short on Feeding the World
Monsanto contributes little to helping the world feed itself, and has failed to endorse science-backed solutions that don’t give its products a central role.

Read more here: Eight Ways Monsanto Fails at Sustainable Agriculture

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM) These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

There are many sources for information about GMOs. These websites are good sources for information:
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/
http://www.nongmoproject.org/

Please do your own research