Thousands of people took to the streets Saturday to protest American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its portfolio of evil products which include genetically modified crops and cancer causing pesticides.
The third annual March Against Monsanto saw rallies in over 400 cities in more than 40 countries around the world.
2,500 people staged anti-Monsanto protests in the Swiss cities of Basel and Morgues, where the company’s Europe, Africa and the Middle East headquarters is situated.
In Paris, Monsanto’s market-leading herbicide Roundup was the main target of protesters’ anger with over 3,000 protesters rallied by environmental organisations including Greenpeace and anti-capitalist group Stop Tafta taking part.
Roundup’s main ingredient was recently classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization and have been banned in many countries. “Looking for mass suicide? Go for Roundup,” read one protest sign at another French protest in the western city of Rennes.
In Burkina Faso, Halfway around the planet, around 500 marched against the chemical giant’s introduction of genetically modified cotton into the west African country in 2003.
Demonstrators demanded a 10-year moratorium on the planting of Monsanto seeds so “independent research can be conducted” into the effects of the technology.
Outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg, over 1,000 anti-Monsanto activists gathered as the sun was setting for a minute’s silence “in homage to the existing and future victims poisoned by pesticides”, according to the organizers.
The worldwide March Against Monsanto was started in 2013 by the Occupy movement. Its growth since then illustrates the wide range of criminal and dangerous acts committed by the company.