Big things will be happening at a festival in Raymond on May 25. This is a part of the March against Monsanto* (see below). Here in Raymond we are taking a positive, peaceful approach to the awareness and concerns about our food and its sources. So many people are unaware of the dangers in our food supply, and many don’t understand what exactly a GMO is. There will be knowledgeable speakers, booths and vendors to help you understand the concerns about Genetically Modified foods and chemicals. The information being provided will help those who attend understand the concerns and offer solutions for finding safe, healthy and affordable alternatives for themselves and their families.

The festival will be taking place at the park in front of the Farmers Market and Carriage Museum in Raymond. There will be many activities for the whole family. There will be an interactive area for kids with hands on seed planting and things for them to do. There will be organic and non-GMO vendors to offer you local solutions to GMO foods and products. The local business community is also getting very involved that week with non-GMO offerings in their line of products or services. Look for our “Non-GMO?Week” signs and stickers on display. Watch for updates of involved businesses. There will be a mutant vegetable contest. There will be GMO awareness movies playing in a tent on the side of the building that people can watch at their leisure all day. The speakers involved will be from different areas of knowledge, local business, farmers, Institute for Responsible Technology, beekeepers and there will be an open mike session at the end for anyone who wishes to add a personal note. There will be much more, watch for updates.

*March Against Monsanto has announced that on May 25, tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the U.S., events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific in 47 states.

Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral Facebook page, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”

For more information see “March Against Monsanto” and ‘’March Against Monsanto Raymond WA” on facebook.

If you would like to contact the organizers of the Raymond festival, you can email us at gmoawarenessmay25@yahoo.com.

MARY DOUBEK

Raymond

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    March Against Monsanto: 11 a.m. (Worldwide) in Raymond at the Farmers Market

    There will be a supervised showing of “The Lorax” at 11 a.m. for any parents who wish to have their children supervised while they are part of the march, although children and dogs are welcome.

Speakers:  

Noon to 12:45 p.m.    Daniel Brandt - Institute for Responsible Technology

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.    Arthur Zeigler – Sea-Crop

2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.    Julie Tennis –  Beekeeper, writer, Educator

2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.    Jason Knott – Homesteader, educator

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.    Pam Drake – Institute for Responsible Technology

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.    Open Microphone

Movies:

11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.    “The Lorax”

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.    “The Vanishing of the Bees”

2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.    “The World According to Monsanto”

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