Jan 26, 2010
To mark World Food Day on October 16 Otros Mundos (Friends of the Earth Mexico) organised a festival-event in the square Plaza de Mexicanos in San Cristobal, where it provided information on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their effects and it exposed the actions of 'Monsanto' to the public.
A large stage was built for the event that included a banner with the legend: “El Santo vs. Monsanto” (The Saint vs. Monsanto) that included crucial information about the company's activities. Monsanto have a significant in the region. A 'GM stand' was also built with the packaging of products that use GMOs.
Throughout the day there was a campaign to collect signatures to demand the local government to declare Chiapas GM-free because of the risk implied by GM and biochemical contamination of native maize seeds. One of the spokespersons of the Civil Organization 'Las Abejas' (The bees) who have depended on native maize production for generations. They also backed the petition.
There were other activities such as live music, the selling of organic food by community women, children's drawings on maize and its importance, and the contribution of a drums group from Tabasco, which joined the demonstration along the main roads of town carrying banners against Monsanto and GM food in general.