Earlier today we mentioned that St. Louis isn't having an anti-GMO rally this weekend, despite rallies happening around the country. No one locally stepped up to organize.
That doesn't mean everyone's apathetic. Frank LeBeau of Brick City Gardens is trying to do his part. You might remember him from last week when we told you about his part in the upcoming Good Gardening, Good Food Film Series.
We emailed with LeBeau today, who wasn't aware of the Organic Consumers Association rallies this weekend. He has his own projects in the works. LeBeau's in talks with Washington University to bring GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, author of anti-GMO bestseller "Seeds of Deception", to campus in October for a lecture.
He said, "The commitment there is tentative since Monsanto is a big donor to the school."
LeBeau doesn't shy away from expressing his thoughts about Monsanto. In an email to Gut Check he writes:
For better or worse I think Monsanto, like Budweiser and Mark McGwire, are tarnished St. Louis icons, but hometown folks still cling to them because they're all we've got.
People here would like to believe the company propaganda that they are doing noble work to "help feed the world", but while there are, perhaps, some sincere employees who believe that the company is a force for good, nothing could be further from the truth for Monsanto as a corporation. In fact they are trying to monopolize the world's supply of crop seeds and expand the use of toxic farm chemicals at the expense of human health and sustaining a safe natural environment.
Saint Louisans tolerate and excuse Monsanto's profiteering because the company makes clever charitable contributions to other local cultural icons such as Washington University and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. They've purchased our loyalty and expect us all to turn a blind eye to the damage and the evil that they do to people and nature. So it's not surprising that the nationwide rally doesn't get publicized or supported here in Saint Louis.