March Against Monsanto


March against Monsanto parade in Chattanooga - Images By: Aaron Lockhart

Patricia Bazemore - Drew Miller, 
Lead Organizers of Chattanooga’s March Against Monsanto

Suzanne Goodemote with GMOGONE told her story of how GMOs have affected her life and how she has fought back.

Donations and sponsorships were provided by Mountain Song Farms, Down to Earth Farms, Brown Dirt Farm, GMOGONE, Earth Fair Chattanooga and Nutrition World. The events were kid-friendly with chalk art, seed bomb making, face-painting, and sliding down the grassy hill.

For more information visit the Facebook page, Chattanoogans Against Monsanto.

Drew Miller, lead organizer of the Chattanooga March Against Monsanto, said, "People still don't know they are eating genetically modified foods. Over 70 percent of the food in our grocery stores contains GMOs and they are not labeled. The school lunches our children get are filled with GMOs, produced by chemical companies, like Monsanto, and many parents have no idea. Over 90 percent of Americans want genetically modified foods labeled. Most GMOs are either modified so that if a bug bites the plant it dies or they are modified so that mass amounts of pesticides and herbicides can be sprayed on them without killing them. I want to know if these plants, and all these chemicals, are in my food. I don't think a chemical company known for producing Agent Orange should produce and control the majority of our seeds. It is time we demand transparency and accountability.”

Suzanne Goodemote, CEO of GMOGONE, said, “Her push to go GMO free began with a heart attack. It is no coincidence that removing GMOs from her diet on June 1, 2013 has changed her life. Her swollen gut has disappeared, along with 30 pounds and a drop of almost 100 points in bad cholesterol. Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and use of neurotoxic chemicals in Roundup has accelerated the rates of allergies, gut disease and cancer. The U.S. needs to join 64 countries in the world that have either banned GMOs or require them to be labeled.”

Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto, said she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “Monsanto’s predatory business and corporate agricultural practices threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. MAM supports a sustainable food production system. We must act now to stop GMOs and harmful pesticides.”

A Monsanto official said, "The 22,000 people of Monsanto are committed to having an open dialogue about food and agriculture – we’re proud of the work we do, and we’re eager for people to know more about us.  We’re also proud of our collaboration with farmers and partnering organizations that help make a more balanced meal accessible for everyone.  Our goal is to help farmers do this using fewer resources and having a smaller impact on the environment.  We know people have different points of view on these topics, and it’s important that they’re able to express and share them."

Our capitalistic for-profit system allows 1 billion people to go hungry even though we produce enough food for 1 and a half times the world’s population, it allows five homes to sit vacant for every homeless person that needs one, it allows people to go without needed medicine and medical attention because they can’t afford it. Capitalism throws our collective well-being to the side and is motivated solely by what is most profitable. Capitalism has allowed companies like Monsanto to accumulate massive amounts of wealth at our expense. Then they use that wealth to buy off and infiltrate our governing regulatory bodies that are suppose to protect our interests.

WDEF News12

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) It's round two for protesters who are against Monsanto's use of pesticides and chemicals on food we consume.

This is a worldwide protest that includes six continents, 27 countries, and more than 200 cities. Here in Chattanooga a small crowd was able to hear the story of the CEO of GMOGONE, Suzanne Goodemote, who said ever since she's stopped eating genetically modified foods, her life has changed.

"I decided that I would take a year to become a science experiment,” said Goodemote. She said she is lucky and thankful to be alive today. "About a year ago, a little more than a year ago, I had a heart attack,” she added. Goodemote thought she lived a very healthy life and was confused when out of nowhere she had this heart attack.

"I had zero percent blockage, and I had zero percent calcium build up in my heart, which they found out after a lot of testing,” Goodemote said. Since doctors had no clear answer for why she had a heart attack, she decided to find out herself what the cause could be. She said a light went off in her head while reading labels on food at a grocery store.

“I went home and started reading about GMOs and what's I found out was pretty intimidating,” she added.

Goodemote was confused since she still doesn't know exactly what she could have consumed that gave her a heart attack. The United States does not have to label food that it genetically modified and that is the main push for this protest. Many like Goodemote want to have a clear choice in what they eat. “What I care about is what has been put into that. People should know. Things should be labeled,” Goodemote added. After a year free of GMOs, Goodemote says she likes where she is and may never go back to eating them.