Anti-corporate activists, organic farmers, Indigenous peoples, environmental groups and others took to the streets across six continents and over 400 cities on Saturday in a global grassroots march against bioengineering giant Monsanto.
“The fight against corporate control of our food is global,” a food sovereignty campaigner with UK-based nonprofit Global Justice Now rallied the crowd marching in London.
The grassroots March Against Monstanto campaign began in 2013 as a coordinated movement to “take back the food supply.”
This year’s march takes place amid allegations of collusion and industry rigging of the regulatory processes surrounding the company’s toxic weedkiller Roundup and GMO crops in Europe and the United States.
The campaign, based in the U.S., described why so many are fighting the chemical behemoth in a statement:
The group also posted a billboard in Times Square this week calling for Monsanto and regulators to “keep GMOs out of our genes.”
In France, the pro-democracy Nuit Debout (“Up All Night”) movement took part and joined forces with the March Against Monsanto campaign in Paris, forming a massive demonstration that marched all afternoon through the capital streets.
Activists also documented marches in Frankfurt, London, Cape Town, and Teipei, among many other cities, on social media: