Geneva, NY. Demonstrators in Geneva, NY protested against Monsanto in front of the district office of Congressman Tom Reed on May 24. The protest was part of a global March Against Monsanto. The company's genetically modified organisms and harmful pesticides threaten health, biodiversity, and sustainable food production throughout the world.
The Geneva demonstration was organized by Geneva resident, Kyle McGloon. McGloon said, "I feel like a lot of people are not aware of what is going on with our food and our government and wanted to spark some critical thinking."
Although Austria, Germany, France, and Switzerland are among the countries with partial bans on GMOs, the US lags far behind. Just this week, several counties in Oregon broke this impass, when they voted to ban the planting of genetically modifed crops in their borders. Monsanto currently spends upward of seven million dollars a year in lobbying efforts in the US.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Professor of Political Science Paul A. Passavant explained, "GMOs threaten small farms. In addition to poisoning the environment with their toxins, Monsanto puts small farmers out of business when common seed stores get contaminated with their genetically modified frankenseeds. We live in a strange world when the law allows Monsanto to sue small farmers out of business, but doesn't protect the rest of us from invasion from these genetically modified organisms.
This year's Geneva protest doubled in size from last year. McGloon was optimistic: "If I reached one person, I would be satisfied."