March against Monsanto: 'time to take back control'

20 May 2016 - 3:15pm
Press release

Public opposition to the corporate control over our food system is growing. From Taiwan to Los Angeles, the global March against Monsanto (21 May), will see people on streets demanding food justice.

On the eve of the global march, Ben O'Hanlon, War on Want’s Senior International Programmes Officer (Food Justice), said:

"Monsanto represents the rotten core of the globalised and commodified food system, where a handful of multinational corporations dominate the market for seeds and agrochemicals at the expense of small scale farmers and communities around the world.

"It’s a scandal that the likes of Monsanto profit hugely from promoting damaging industrial agriculture through harmful pesticide use and genetically engineered seeds. War on Want, in partnership with farmers' movements around the world, is calling for a food system based on sustainable small scale farming methods, not corporate control."

The grassroots march comes at a time when another merger between agrochemical giants, this time Mosanto and German corporation Bayer, is being discussed. Responding to the news, Ben O'Hanlon, said:

"The crisis in the global food system is the result of deliberate political choices that favour corporate interests while condemning hundreds of millions of people to despair.

"The prospect of a mega merger between these agrochemical giants is terrifying, we can’t allow corporations to tighten their grip over our food supply any further.  For too long the seed and pesticide market has been monopolised by a few corporations and resulted in 75% of our biodiversity being destroyed. It’s time to take back control of the food we eat and how it’s produced."

War on Want supports the international call for food sovereignty, a concept which embraces the premise that democracy should be at the heart of food production, and that farmers should have ownership and control over the land they work http://www.waronwant.org/food-sovereignty

 

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