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Worldwide Movement Against Monsanto Gaining Steam

Monsanto’s stocks have fallen following its GMO wheat debacle and the global March Against Monsanto.

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Following the march, more than 800 scientists from around the world have called for an end to what they call a dangerous “global GMO experiment,” and created the Institute of Science in Society—a non-profit group that calls for an end to GMO crops. In their open letter, the scientists highlight why governments need to stop the use of genetically modified crops before they cause irreversible effects to human and animal health worldwide.

Additionally in the week following the March Against Monsanto a printable list of Monsanto-owned foods has gone viral on Facebook, encouraging a boycott of its products.

Label GMO's Monica Lopez says the best things people can do is to support their local organic farmers, read labels, and align their actions with their individual ethics by purchasing only certified organic or non-GMO certified foods. She also suggests supporting restaurants and food companies that exercise fair, sustainable and organic food practices, boycotting GMO products, signing petitions in support of food system restoration.

"Get involved with local food justice groups," she says. "Call and/or write your local political leaders and let them know you care about our food system and the long-term health of our children for generations to come."

Only time will tell whether the outpouring of citizen support and millions of petition signatures can compete against the corporate giant, but it is likely no coincidence that Monsanto’s stocks have steadily fallen following the global march and this week’s widely publicized GMO wheat debacle. 

April M. Short is an associate editor at AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @AprilMShort.