Breaking: Monsanto to Build GMO Lab on Nation’s Most Sacred Native Farmland - Huge Activist Uproar
Monsanto have once again made a bold and unpopular move in the application to build a giant GMO factory in the middle of one Americas most beautiful and sacred places.
They are still negotiating their merger with German company Bayer, but in the US it's business as usual as Monsanto plan to build to cultivate a GMO 'seed warehouse' in the Tucson area, a highly respected farmland.
Opponents to the project have said it will be “like putting a factory in a nature sanctuary.”
The Tucson area was the the first in the United States to be designated a World City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is well known for it's wholesome farming ethic, with a history going back over 4,000 years.
It was described by the blog Edible Baja, Arizona:
“Three thousand years after the first farmers of the Sonoran Desert settled in the Santa Cruz River valley, missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino traveled on horseback from Mexico to an O’odham (Native tribal) village called Schookshon—meaning “below the black hill”—and found a community of 750 people thriving on cactus and mesquite, tepary beans and sunflowers, corn and squash. In 2000, archeologists dug below the surface of a decidedly modern city and “found evidence of habitation preserved in every layer, going back 4,000 years.'”
These words were written by Jonathan Mabry, historic preservation officer for the City of Tucson.
The plan is to build greenhouses for between 400,000 to 500,000 GMO and conventional corn plants, a $105 million plan that would create around 60 jobs.
The project has been met with opposition, however.
Tuesday, November 22, saw protesters fill up a Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting, armed with signs reading “Say no to Monsanto.”
The opposors spoke, some through tears, of how they will fight by any means necessary to stop this project going ahead. There was talk of physical protests on the construction site, with the events at Standing Rock being used as inspiration.
|The Tucson area is one of the oldest continually farmed places in North America. Photo: Jeff Smith|
The area is small and is currently inhabited by local farmers.
“Marana is a poor farming community,” speaker Wendy Wiener said according to this article from Tucson.com. “Why don’t we give them tax breaks?"
A final decision will be made in February, and with Monsanto's wealth and influence, the concerns of those in Pima County are very real indeed. It seems Monsanto have bought silence, legislations, and power to get where they are today, it's hard to say where they will draw the line when it comes to getting what they want.
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