Sunday, May 26, 2013

You Are What You Eat....

Today was an Global Day of Action against Monsanto and somewhere between 200 and 300 people turned up at Piatt Park to demand the repeal of the Monsanto Protection Act and labeling for GMO foods.
©David Sorcher 2013

I've spent quite a bit of time photographing protest movements, most recently following Occupy Cincinnati through the streets and the courts. There is something about the expression of our right to dissent that i find not only invigorating, but important. 

Amadeo Gavarrete of the Inter-Faith Workers Center. ©David Sorcher 2013

I was first really drawn to this work after being beating and having my camera smash by NYPD during the Tompkin Square Riot in 1988. The ensuing struggle around issues of the park fueled a 3-year documentary project for me. It seems amazing that the 25th anniversary of that event takes place this summer. I am hoping to travel there in August for festivities and a media panel discussion on the riot and it's aftermath.

Atia Huff in Piatt Park before the march. ©David Sorcher 2013

Here in Cincy we saw perhaps 300 at most taking to the streets, not really a bad number for our generally apathetic populous, but some actions in other cities around the world saw thousand marching in protest. Monsanto seems to be popping up more and more in the mainstream news as entire countries have made the decision to burn their genetically engineered crops. We have seen this happen in Hungary, Haiti and India to name a few. 

©David Sorcher 2013

Of course, Monsanto = money and money = power in this world. How Americans and American farmers respond in the future to this issue will no doubt be the tipping point one way or the other. 
Of course, the TV news cameras never showed up for the protest here in Cincinnati, so you may have missed this one on the evening news. Neither was it covered by either mainstream or alternative print media here, though i did send a gallery into the Enquirer which is now up here. So, if a protest marches through the forest and nobody ever sees it......?

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