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May 17, 2016

International: May 21 Call to Action: Rally against Monsanto!

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From: "Organic Consumers Association" <ronniecummins@organicconsumers.org>
Date: May 17, 2016 12:09 PM
Subject: May 21 Call to Action: Rally against Monsanto!
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May 21 Call to Action: Rally against Monsanto!
Dear Liz,
Saturday, May 21, is global March Against Monsanto Day.
Saturday is also a great opportunity to let the world know that we, the people, will hold Monsanto accountable for its crimes against humanity and nature, at the October 15-16 International Monsanto Tribunal.
Please join a march near you, or organize a march in your community. Use this year's march to let your community know about the upcoming International Monsanto Tribunal, and that we will need everyone's help to organize even bigger rallies against Monsanto on October 16, World Food Day, the day the tribunal wraps up its formal testimony.
Download leaflets and posters for your May 21 march.
Learn more about the International Monsanto Tribunal.
Download a media advisory template that you can personalize and send to your local newspapers to let them know about your upcoming march.
Thanks to your help, Monsanto's diabolical plan to win the hearts and minds of consumers is failing.
Monsanto's profits are down. And for the first time in 20 years, the number of acres planted in GMO crops has decreased.
Nearly 40 countries have banned GMO crops.
The European Commission is under increasing pressure to reject Monsanto's request to renew its license Roundup/glyphosate, and in the U.S., more than half a million people have petitioned the EPA to do the same.
Last year, the 17 scientists on the World Health Organization's prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) panel unanimously agreed that Monsanto's Roundup is a probable human carcinogen.
This year, the grassroots food movement has blocked efforts by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to pass a federal law preempting Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling law. The law will take effect July 1, unless a last-ditch effort by Monsanto and Big Food stops it.
Many food companies are already labeling, or have announced plans to label their GMO ingredients. Some of those companies say they now support mandatory labeling.
It has taken nearly 20 years, but we—and that means you—have come a long way in our efforts to bring down one of the largest, most destructive, multinational corporations in the world.
But we cannot yet claim total victory. That's why we need you to get out Saturday and join a Monsanto protest near you.
We also need you to help publicize the upcoming Monsanto Tribunal, and begin organizing the world's largest protest against Monsanto, on October 16, World Food Day.
See you out there!
-Katherine and Melinda for the OCA team
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