Ras Takura Appears at NYC’s March Against Monsanto Memorial Day Weekend
This Memorial Day weekend New Yorkers expressed their passion and commitment to eliminating genetically modified foods from our markets at the March Against Monsanto.
On Saturday, 23 May New Yorkers walked from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations to Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan's East Village over the course of 1 1/2 hours.
New Yorkers joined marchers in 465 cities around the world including other cities throughout the Untitled States during this holiday weekend.
People marched throughout the world because research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to the development of cancer, infertility and birth defects and genetically modified seeds have caused colony collapse among the world’s bee population.
Marchers supported labeling in the short term and an overall ban of GMO foods, protecting farmers, saving the bees and stopping the fast tracking of trade agreements or legislation known as TPP and TTIP.
Once marchers arrived at Tompkins Square Park they listened to well known speakers such as Jeffrey M. Smith, Stephen Drucker and Ngô Thanh Nhàn provide updates on the status of efforts to ban GMOs in the United States and other countries.
Jamaican Poet Ras Takura performed from his pieces Food War and Science of Agriculture (video above). The music group Special Interests also performed Roundup Blues.