Eugene’s Monsanto March

On Saturday May 25th there were rallies, protests & marches held around the world against Monsanto, a biotechnology, seed & chemical company.

I disagreed with the whole premise of the “march”.  I disagree with their view about biotechnology.  I disagree with their view about chemicals. I believe in multiple methods of farming.   However, I attended the rally in Eugene anyways because I always find it valuable to get first hand experience.

The entire plaza smelled like body odor, weed and cigarette smoke.  I am sorry that the smell cannot translate through the photos and video*.

Picture #1: IRONY.  The people who are protesting Monsanto and advocating for burning crops are the same people who protested against field burning.  A practice my family did on our farm for decades until it was outlawed in 2009.  Also, I was trying to capture the cigarette in her hand…last time I checked cigarettes increased your risk of cancer…

What you don't see is the cigarette in this lady's hand...

What you don’t see is the cigarette in this lady’s hand…

Picture #2: My farm doesn’t need your saving…Thanks, but no thanks.

Bees were a popular topic

Bees were a popular topic

Picture #3: Sir, GMOs do not cause Bee Deaths, there are potentially many factors and no one is quite sure why.

Occupy Eugene had a strong presence

Occupy Eugene had a strong presence

Picture #4: Many entrepreneurs showed up, they were people selling t-shirts, drug paraphernalia, knives…Capitalism at it’s finest. Wait…what are they marching against?

There were two separate tables selling drug paraphernalia and knives...Capitalism?

There were two separate tables selling drug paraphernalia and knives…Capitalism?

Picture #5: Hmmmmm

Sign speaks for itself

Sign speaks for itself

Picture #6: I wonder if that person is supposed to be out of their wheelchair.

Some of the crowd

Some of the crowd

More of the crowd

More of the crowd

A nice little song about violence being the only answer:

Here are others’ perspectives on the march, please take the time to read them as they all offer valuable content and links to other sites as well:

*None of the content of these photos or video have been altered in any form.

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35 Responses to Eugene’s Monsanto March

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  2. I love ag. I love freedom. I love Oregon Green.

    If these people do not like farmers freely using Monsanto seed, then they should grow their own food. Simple, really.

    • Exactly, or buy Organic if they cannot grow their own food.

      The problem is none of that is the issue. It’s the same crowd, same story, different villain. It’s ultimately about control and ending capitalism.

  3. Oh, OregonGreen, I’ve stolen one of your pics! I intended to ask permission first, but apparently hit “publish” before I intended to. I have attributed to you… but please let me know if this is a problem. Thanks for your great mind and for sharing it with the world!

    • No problem. That’s why I watermarked it. 😉 I’m glad you found it useful and thank you so much for the nice compliment!

      I always enjoy your posts and your thoughts on subjects as well!

  4. Sandy Bowers

    Way to go!

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  6. Did you stay until the end? Was the march area as clean as it was before the march?

    • I stayed till the end of the rally but didn’t continue when they started “marching”. There were still entrepreneurs selling goods and petitioners hanging around after so it was hard to tell if it was gonna be clean.

  7. WOW! Just wow. I feel the need to point out that the sign in picture 2 says We love “are” food. At least thats what it looks like.

  8. Great job on this coverage Marie! I have to laugh because I am all to familiar with those Birkie types in Eugene (I was a Duck for two years after all) I’m going to reblog this with a few thoughts of my own at the end. EXCELLENT POST!

  9. Reblogged this on SLEUTH 4 HEALTH and commented:
    Love what Marie did here. I went to school at the University of Oregon (go Ducks!) for two years, know Eugene well, and these photos depict only two well the birkensock wearing, drug paraphernalia selling, ripe for a rally types. I’m not sure the rest of the world’s marches looked quite like this one!

    • I wondered the same thing myself about how many marches looked like the Eugene one. Eugene is definitely one of a kind when it comes to protests & activists. 🙂

  10. Have to add… I love the Bee Dude. My favorite.

  11. JMR

    This march has become quite entertaining really. The movement has gotten so way out there to the point you just have to laugh already. I’ve been getting some great chuckles out of these posts. I say they should do another one soon because we need more humor from these activists. While these people are demanding their labels and bans, many farmers were a working and actually doing something.

    • Just move to Oregon, it’s constant entertainment! Unfortunately some legislators actually listen to the activists….

    • Jay G

      While the marchers in oregon may have been throwbacks from the ’70s, marchers in southern California are far more educated. The march i attended in Oxnard drew close to 1,000 people and was very well organized. Many professional speakers, including a 20+ year dietitian chronicling all the negative health effects the medical community is still naive to regarding the poor quality of our food. Monsanto’s own scientists have shown, back in 1994, the degradation to the nutritional value of GM crops, but it got buried and ignored by the execs and pushed through the FDA by a former Monsanto VP, Mr. Michael Taylor.

      There are many things wrong with Monsanto’s approach to GM crops and their domination of the food supply. mainly, they are more interested in profits and control over human rights or dignity. They created GM crops so they could sell more insecticide. Do you understand that? They entice farmers into the program with savvy marketing tools like most big business do. When the farmers get hooked, no other herbicide will control your crops and you have to use Roundup, they are stuck. their soil is now toxic and they can’t farm organic for years. Then Monsanto raises their price knowing they have a captive audience. This is the business model they have been using in countries all over the world. Especially, in India, where they have driven farmers into poverty and suicide rates are through the roof since they can eliminate their family debt through death.

      While many marchers may not fully understand the depth of destruction from Monsanto it’s good they at least can comprehend the value of whole nutritious food for sustaining the human body. What would you rather eat, organic or pesticide grown food? If you have a hard time answering ask any 5th grader, they’ll help you!

      The bottom line and best approach to holding Monsanto accountable for poor quality food is “labeling.” As the President of Monsanto said, “if we had to label foods appropriately nobody would buy them.”

      • I don’t believe the marchers in Eugene were throwbacks from the 70s…I think it portrayed the march very accurately.

        I am not sure which insecticide you are referring to when you say they created GM crops to sell more insecticide.

        We use round-up on our farm and have no issues with residual effects and we rotate crops around so I am not sure what you are referring to about making the soil toxic…do you have a reference?

        Farmers in India were committing suicide long before GM crops were introduced and incidents haven’t gone up since then.

        There is nothing wrong with a profit motive in business and incentive to create new products. You have a profit motive…Everyone does. It’s all about the bottom line for EVERYONE.

        It’s funny though, if you think about it…conventional breeding to develop new plants crosses hundreds of thousands of genes while biotech may just be a handful of genes inserted at a certain spot. Conventional breeding is less regulated & studied and no one is aware of all the potential effects of those hundreds of thousands of genes while GM crops are study for many years prior to commercialization. One could argue that conventional is less safe than GM. Maybe we should ban all breeding techniques.

  12. Ariel Poliandri

    Excellent post.
    The main problem is that while rational people are at home watching TV, those smelly hippies are out there knocking every politician and news agency door beginning for a return to the middle ages; when everything was “organic” and life expectancy was 30 years.

    • Great point…Think how hard & short life was when everything was “organic”. Personally I am thankful for progress and better quality of life.

      • Jay G

        Wow, how young and naive you must be. GM foods have less nutritional value than organic. Keep eating it and you’ll slowly be starving your body of necessary nutrition. Everyone used to eat organic up until about the 40’s. Folks born in the 20’s and 30’s live longer than those born now. Did you know the average life span is now decreasing!?! You’re less likely to live longer than your parents. Doesn’t that wake you up???

        My wife, in her early 40’s now, has been a vegetarian most of her life. She loved and ate tofu (soy) all the time. Tofu and veggies. Until, that is last year when she had to have an emergency bowl resection to remove a tumor from her colon. No more tofu!

        have any allergy problems? The side effects GM foods are a huge increase in allergens – both in people and pets. Leading veterinarians have seen increasing cases of dogs and cats with skin allergies. Changing them to a GMO free diet solves the problem. You are what you eat.

        • Interesting…I would really like to see the source that says the average life-span is decreasing…that is fascinating.

          I am very sorry to hear about your wife, I think it’s hard to pinpoint that on GMO crops though. However the beauty of where we live is that we have choices. You don’t have to eat GM foods if you don’t want to.

          I’ve read up on allergens and find it fascinating…A lot of studies aren’t sure what causes them but suspects parents don’t actually go to allergist to see if they are allergic but say they are anyway…and before insurance covered allergies people didn’t go to the doctor for them so less reporting…

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  15. Josh

    Consuming chemicals with your food bad, m’kay?

    The most recent peer reviewed study that correlates pesticide exposure with “debilitating diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.”

    http://www.nationofchange.org/study-links-monsanto-s-roundup-autism-parkinson-s-and-alzheimer-s-1367764115

    And the “Capitalists” you photographed are in the free speech plaza every Saturday selling glass, regardless of whether or not there is a protest going on.

    • Josh

      Reading a column of yours from a bit back “A Passion for Agriculture” in which you reference your experiences as a lobbyist intern and banking background go a long way to explaining your predisposition against organic farming.

    • I guess you should quit eating salt with your food because that’s a chemical too and highly toxic…..at the right dosage.

      The study you mention is NOT peer reviewed and it’s not a study it’s a review by a computer guy and someone who works in artificial intelligence. Not experts in this field.

      I do worry about chemicals I handle. I check them out the national pesticide database located at Oregon State to know the risks. I am highly confident that the risk is low with glyphosate, but that doesn’t mean I won’t still follow the label.

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