OLIVETTE, Mo. (KMOX) – Dozens of sign-waving demonstrators gathered in an Olivette park, Saturday, to air their grievances against St. Louis-based Monsanto.
One unidentified speaker said, “They have just creatively made themselves into a food manufacturer, in order to keep making profits without any regard to human life.”
In what they called a “global solidarity march,” coinciding with others across the world, the group of more than 100 mentioned their distaste for genetically-modified foods, and a call to action for people across the world to continue to stand up against Monsanto.
Organic farmer Mark Brown says he was thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm, “This shows you that the people are not going to stand by while these people (Monsanto) attempt to control the world. They’re doing it in a very sneaky way. It starts with one seed.”
Brown then held up a handful of corn kernels, “Every kernel in this hand representes the variety of corn we once had available to us. Within 100 years it’s fallen to just a few. It’s their (Monsanto’s) monoculture, their corporate monoculture that’s driven Indian farmers to suicide. We’ve got to stop this.”
KMOX and several other St. Louis media outlets reached out to Monsanto corporate office for a response to the protest. Here’s what corporate affairs director Tom Helscher sent out: “While we respect that people can have different points of view, we hope that St. Louisans know Monsanto people for their role in the community and know the Monsanto company for its commitment to St. Louis.”