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Divest from Monsanto this Friday, May 9th, 2014! (USA)

We have teamed up with Food Democracy Now! and others to tell Wall Street to Dump Monsanto this Friday. Read more for how you can take action too!

Did you know?

Millions of hardworking Americans, maybe even yourself, are investing their hard-earned income in the stock market in an effort to save for their children’s college fund or their retirement nest egg to provide financial stability for the future. Unfortunately, unless you’re paying close attention, you might be investing in a mutual or retirement fund that profits from Monsanto’s toxic chemicals and flawed GMO seed technologies.

After a 6-month investigation into the top shareholders of Monsanto, Food Democracy Now! (FDN) learned that the largest shareholders of Monsanto stock are massive institutional investors. They are some of the world’s largest and most popular mutual funds — names like Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street. This is where millions of Americans invest their hard-earned money, and they are the top shareholders for Monsanto. Even worse, if you haven’t checked, Monsanto could be hiding in your 401K or pension fund as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovCrpTcfF3M

This coming Friday, May 9th, 2014, there are flash mob protests in select cities across the U.S. at Fidelity Investment offices to let them know that we’re serious about dumping Monsanto’s toxic assets.

Fidelity alone owns more than $3.2 billion in Monsanto stock. In total, Fidelity manages more than $4.6 trillion in assets and more than 20 million customers in the U.S. — Are you one of them?

This Friday, join all of us at The Institute for Responsible Technology, Food Democracy Now!, Natural News, Organic Consumers Association, Cornucopia, Green America, GMO Inside, Millions Against Monsanto, Babes Against Biotech, Food Babe, Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition, GMO Free USA, and March Against Monsanto.

Also, consider moving your investments into stocks and mutual funds that better reflect your values. For more information about how to invest in socially responsible funds or find a financial planner that will help you choose investments that match your values, check out Green America’s Guide to Socially Responsible Investing. If you drop your investments in Fidelity, Vanguard, or other major funds and switch to socially responsible investments, make sure to tell your old fund company why you left them.

Find or create your own Divest Monsanto Now! action here:

  1. National Day of Action Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422283738027686/
  2. Boston: https://www.facebook.com/events/744036962302736
    Fidelity Investments, 245 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210-1116
  3. New York City: https://www.facebook.com/events/1420835334844614/
    Fidelity Investments, Fidelity Investments, 350 Park Ave, NY, NY 10022
  4. Philadelphia: https://www.facebook.com/events/604932166257443/
    Philadelphia Stock Exchange, 1900 Market St Lbby I, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  5. Washington DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/301886853303377/
    Fidelity Investments, 1900 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006
  6. Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/events/750483744992286/
    Fidelity Investments, 401 N Michigan Ave #100, Chicago, IL
  7. San Francisco: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418678258400026/
    Fidelity Investments, 8 Montgomery St. San Fran, CA 94104
  8. Los Angeles: https://www.facebook.com/events/664763726904169/
    Fidelity Investments, 1200 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Can’t make it to an event? Here are other ways to take action:

  1. Call your financial advisor and ask if you have a fund that contains Monsanto stock and tell them to sell it.
  2. Watch the short video above that explains it all and share this page with your friends.
  3. If your company has a 401K plan or pension fund, call your advisor and tell them you want to only invest in funds without Monsanto, chemical or junk food companies.
  4. If you divest from Monsanto, choose more responsible funds to invest in a greener future by reading Green America’s Guide to Socially Responsible Investing.
  5. Choose healthier non-GMO food. Find over 16,500 non-GMo verified products at www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com, or download the free iPhone app, ShopNoGMO.

One Comment

  1. In 2011 Australian Customs estimated that the Australian market for Glyphosate in that one year was 65 million litres. This did not include ALL the glyphosate sold that year in Australia. It is not possible to give a more accurate figure because statistics on herbicide use are not gathered by The Australian Bureau of Statistics.
    It is possible to say that the vast majority of Glyphosate used in Australia is paid for by either the Federal or State Governments. Farmers, Horticulturists, Landscapers, Land managers and Sporting Clubs claim Glyphosate as a business expense, so their outlay for Herbicide is claimed off their income tax.
    Millions of extra litres are spread on National Parks, road and rail corridors and around road signs and outdoor furniture or installations like sewerage pumping stations, and park furniture. Glyphosate is even spread on remote Great Barrier Reef Islands. Disappointing for the birds which carried it, to discover that they cannot find food on their migrations because their food plants have been poisoned.
    The Australian Government has just brought down a budget which will take money from schools, hospitals, pensioners and the unemployed but Monsanto’s multimillion dollar profit is left untouched. It is not necessary to ban Glyphosate, simply allow the users of herbicide to pay for it. Users would reassess their use if they had to pay for it themselves. If we value our atmosphere we should not force taxpayers to pay for the destruction of the atmosphere makers – the plants. I hope Monsanto crashes.
    But it cannot crash if Governments continue to hold it up at the cost of their poorest people.

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