This is a part of the March against Monsanto. March Against Monsanto has announced that on May 25, tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the US, events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific in 47 states.
Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral Facebook page, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity,” Canal said. “I couldn't sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something”.
Here in Raymond we are taking a positive, peaceful approach to the awareness and concerns about our food and its sources. So many people are unaware of the dangers in our food supply, and many don’t understand what exactly a GMO is. There will be knowledgeable speakers, booths and vendors to help you understand the concerns about Genetically Modified foods and chemicals. The information being provided will help those who attend understand the concerns and offer solutions for finding safe, healthy and affordable alternatives for themselves and their families.
The festival will be taking place at the park in front of the Willapa Harbor Public Market and Carriage Museum in Raymond. There will be many activities for the whole family. There will be an interactive area for kids with hands on seed planting and things for them to do. There will be organic and non-GMO vendors to offer you local solutions to GMO foods and products. The local business community is also getting very involved that week with NON-GMO offerings in their line of products or services. Look for our “NON-GMO WEEK” signs and stickers on display. Watch for updates of involved businesses. There will be two contests. The first will be for the most creative garden bicycle, they can join along our March route and will be on display in the front area of the festival. There will also be a mutant vegetable contest. There will be GMO awareness movies playing in a tent on the side of the building that people can watch at their leisure all day. The speakers involved will be from different areas of knowledge, local business, farmers, Institute for Responsible Technology, beekeepers and there will be an open mike session at the end for anyone who wishes to add a personal note. There will be much more, watch for updates.
For more information see “March Against Monsanto” and ‘‘March Against Monsanto Raymond WA” on Facebook.