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'Occupy' Protests Targeting Monsanto Around The World

The Creve Coeur-based firm's work with genetically moderated organisms, or GMOs are inspring protests around the world and here in St. Louis.

People opposed to 's work with genetically modified organisms , or GMOs, in the food chain, have said they've been planning for protests worldwide next week, or as organizers described it, a "Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere." 

Those events began a little earlier than scheduled with a protest Wednesday in Oxnard, CA against a subsidiary of the Creve Coeur-based firm.

Organizers are planning a 2-day conference in the St. Louis area starting Sunday that includes a Monday "March and activity with the Monsanto Family," including a Monday afternoon protest at the company's world headquarters.

Chief Glenn Eidman told Patch Monday that authorities from several jurisdictions have worked together to prepare for any potential protests.

Earlier this month, a Monsanto spokeswoman said in a prepared statement about the planned protests:

The 21,000 people who work for Monsanto are proud of our efforts to help improve farm productivity and food quality.  Agriculture and its uses are important to Creve Coeur, Missouri, the United States and the world.  Among the challenges facing agriculture are producing food for our growing population and reducing agriculture’s footprint on the environment.  We respect each individual’s right to express their point of view on these topics.  At Monsanto, we believe we can make a contribution to improving agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving natural resources such as water and energy.

The company has consistently defended the use of GMOs, saying they have been approved by government regulators and that "there has not been a single substantiated instance of illness or harm associated with GM crops."

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flyoverland September 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Why don't they occupy the personnel office and apply for jobs?
Brandt Hardin September 14, 2012 at 01:15 AM
We must abandon the “love it or leave it” attitude, where the general public has rolled over for Corporate America and accepted it’s our job to pay their way. Year after year these companies report record profits so why aren’t they paying record taxes? These companies have the power to not only save our economy but to close the income gap by paying employees more but instead they gut the Middle Class for all their worth. Every single protester is a hero in my book and I even helped create some free posters for the cause which you can download from my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/11/propaganda-for-occupy-movement.html
Daniel P Kerbein September 16, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I can see how the whole issue could seem strange to a lot of folks, and not just flyoverland. Look at what the company says about itself in its comment, above. No problem here, just move along. No lab tests for safety, either. No labeling of GMO ingredients either, no need to make shopping decisions. And I love the reduced environmental footprint - right, why spray the pesticide all over the corn when you can insert it into the genetics of every kernel before we eat it? Yummy. And by the way, why the death gene? Interesting business practice there, helping feed the poor...
Scott Simon September 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
So let me get this straight. You want these companies to pay higher taxes AND pay employees more. Here's my advice for you: Don't run a business. You'll be out of business quickly because you'll have more going out than coming in. You'll have to lay off people and they'll have to get government assistance to sustain themselves until their next job. Think about it; it's just better that way...
Scott Simon September 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
So what time will Occupy be in Creve Coeur today?

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