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Germany: Berliners march against Monsanto for happy bananas01:22

Germany: Berliners march against Monsanto for happy bananas

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May 25, 2013 at 15:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Berliners march against Monsanto for happy bananas

Around 300 people gathered in Alexanderplatz, Berlin on Saturday to protest against US food giant Monsanto and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Berlin's protest is just one of hundreds of organised demonstrations around the world on Saturday. In total there are around 400 global marches in about 50 countries on March 25. The protesters do not only ask to label GMO products but to ultimately ban their use. According to the activists, there is proof that these products are damaging for personal health, the environment and the economy wolrdwide.

The organisers of the event claim Monsanto threatens people's health, fertility and longevity, with the possibility of developing cancer tumours and birth defects from eating Monsanto made GM foods. Fuelled by the US Congress's decision to pass what critics call the Monsanto Protection Act, the activists are against the consequences of this bill, which essentially bans courts in the USA from stopping the sale of Monsanto's GM seeds.

The US Senate rejected a bill on Thursday that would have allowed US states to make their own decisions on whether GM foods should be labelled.

On May 16, the US supreme court also ruled that Indiana farmer, Vernon Bowman, could not use patented genetically modified soybeans without first paying Monsanto for each time he planted the seed, as the corporation was the holder of the patent.

Protesters are also demanding the labelling of GM foods so consumers can make informed decisions on what kind of food they are buying. There was also vocal opposition against the USA's Food and Drug Administration, a government body monitoring food, which protesters say is being steered by ex-Monsanto executives and constitutes a conflict of interests.

The global march takes place the same day as Avaaz, an international activist organisation, starts a campaign to ban GMO worldwide. in just a few hours they already had 3,000 signatures. Avaaz is a global web movement that promotes activism on issues such as climate change and human rights, established in January 2007.

According to the World Health Organisation, genetically modified foods are made from organisms whose DNA has been modified in some way that does not occur naturally. Three traits prominent of GM foods are a tolerance towards certain herbicides and a resistance to insect damage and viral infections. While the European Union makes labelling of GM foods mandatory when it contains more than 9 % genes modified, in some countries GM foods are not regulated.

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Germany: Berliners march against Monsanto for happy bananas

Around 300 people gathered in Alexanderplatz, Berlin on Saturday to protest against US food giant Monsanto and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Berlin's protest is just one of hundreds of organised demonstrations around the world on Saturday. In total there are around 400 global marches in about 50 countries on March 25. The protesters do not only ask to label GMO products but to ultimately ban their use. According to the activists, there is proof that these products are damaging for personal health, the environment and the economy wolrdwide.

The organisers of the event claim Monsanto threatens people's health, fertility and longevity, with the possibility of developing cancer tumours and birth defects from eating Monsanto made GM foods. Fuelled by the US Congress's decision to pass what critics call the Monsanto Protection Act, the activists are against the consequences of this bill, which essentially bans courts in the USA from stopping the sale of Monsanto's GM seeds.

The US Senate rejected a bill on Thursday that would have allowed US states to make their own decisions on whether GM foods should be labelled.

On May 16, the US supreme court also ruled that Indiana farmer, Vernon Bowman, could not use patented genetically modified soybeans without first paying Monsanto for each time he planted the seed, as the corporation was the holder of the patent.

Protesters are also demanding the labelling of GM foods so consumers can make informed decisions on what kind of food they are buying. There was also vocal opposition against the USA's Food and Drug Administration, a government body monitoring food, which protesters say is being steered by ex-Monsanto executives and constitutes a conflict of interests.

The global march takes place the same day as Avaaz, an international activist organisation, starts a campaign to ban GMO worldwide. in just a few hours they already had 3,000 signatures. Avaaz is a global web movement that promotes activism on issues such as climate change and human rights, established in January 2007.

According to the World Health Organisation, genetically modified foods are made from organisms whose DNA has been modified in some way that does not occur naturally. Three traits prominent of GM foods are a tolerance towards certain herbicides and a resistance to insect damage and viral infections. While the European Union makes labelling of GM foods mandatory when it contains more than 9 % genes modified, in some countries GM foods are not regulated.

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