Locals participate in “Global Days of Action to Shut Down Monsanto”
by Angela Swartz
March 16, 2012
Up to 100 protesters blocked the entrances to Monsanto at 1910 Fifth St. on Friday morning, according to sources, leading Monsanto to close the facility for the day. The facility remained closed on Saturday as well.
Starting at 6:30 a.m. Friday protesters gathered as part of the two-day “Global Days of Action to Shut Down Monsanto” that took place Friday and Saturday in dozens of U.S. cities and several countries. The facility officially shut down around 9:30 a.m.
Occupy groups from Sacramento, Davis, Woodland and Los Angeles participated, along with labor, environmental, veterans and social justice groups. Protesters came out in the rain to set up tents and hold signs in opposition to the company’s use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Steve Payan, one of the organizers of the protest and leader in Occupy Woodland, said the protests are about food, health and safety.
“The City of Davis is doing a good job of understanding us as a movement,” Payan said. “Today’s events were about starting to take resolutions against Monsanto to the city, state, nation and United Nations. We’re really questioning why the U.S. is keeping GMOs and letting Monsanto stay part of the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration].”