SPEECHES AT MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO IN COURTENAY, MAY 23 , 2015
Inara Turner & Arzeena Hamir’s letter
March Against Monsanto 2014 Comox Valley
Inara Turner’s Speech on Glyphosate
Hi everyone, my name is Inara Turner and I’m a grade 7 student at Huband Elementary School.
. At the last march against monsanto I made a speech talking about the whole
subject of GMOs. This year I’m talking about Glyphosate (Roundup). Glyphosate is a
herbicide discovered in 1970 by a Monsanto chemist. It quickly became popular with
farmers, even more so that Monsanto invented glyphosate-resistant crops so it would kill
weeds without killing crops. This herbicide takes out vital minerals from plants that also give
it flavour, so you’re pretty much eating a piece of cardboard. After attacking plants it seeps
into the soil where in just one teaspoon it can kill over 1 million micro-organisms. My
generation will have soil with no minerals and it will be lifeless. Microorganisms are essential
in soil. They give soil life and feed plants. In your body you have over 10x more bacterial
cells than human cells and without them you would die. We need to support food and
farming systems that promote life not kill it.
At my school we have a garden where we encourage students to get their hands dirty and
see what growing real, healthy food looks like. The food grown in the garden is put into the
school salad bar where over 100 students and teachers get a meal filled with food from right
outside the door. It’s that close! So the next time you’re buying food think about how it was
grown and how it got to your plate. Thank you
Arzeena Hamir’s open letter to Monsanto.:
You had the world believing that we could feed ourselves without your GMOS, your
Round-up, and your associated neonics. We poisoned our soil, our water, our bees, and
our very own bodies believing your lies. But no more.
You said your technology would be good for the environment and would cut down on
pesticide use. But herbicide sales have increased 130% since we believed your lies. We
even have superweeds that are resistant to round-up and our farmers are having to use
stronger chemicals like 2,4-D and Dicamba. Your so-called safe Round-up is now
classified as a carcinogen.
You tricked us.
You said that if we hung out with you everyone would like us. But when our flax was
contaminated with GMOs, Europe shut their door to us. Japan no longer wants our
canola, and 60 countries around the world have either banned or controlled the input of
We’re awake now.
We know how to grow, to forage, to fish, to hunt and to cook. We’ve begun turning our
front and backyards into gardens and food forests, we’ve begun supporting local farmers
markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and we know the taste of REAL
We’re sick of you.
You’ve had 20 years to fill our food system with your genetically engineered canola oil,
your high fructose corn syrup and your GMO soy. You’ve made us all sick with Round-
up sprayed all over our grains and our potatoes. What did we get in return? Sky-high
rates of gluten intolerance and gastric issues.
The party’s over.
We can take it from here. Our community supports organic farmers and our farmers
know how to feed us. We are growing! Every year we see new farmers wanting to grow
our kale and carrots, baby bok choi and broccoli. We don’t need you.
Even fast food doesn’t want you
Chipotle has kicked out your GMOs, and the rest are falling over themselves to stop the
hormones and antibiotics. It’ll only be a matter of time before we see the clown man
himself proclaim his burgers are going GMO-free.
It was definitely you, not us.
It’s time to take the hint. Stop feeding us lies. Stop feeding us poison, and stop trying to
feed us PERIOD!
We’ve got it from here.