Want to do something really different for Thanksgiving this year? Come have an organic dinner on the lawn of Monsanto's World Headquarters and watch the latest show from Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.
Regardless of whether or not the corporate agri-giant Monsanto is completely deserving of it, many in the green movement put the company at the top of the list of the most environmentally destructive corporations on the planet. Monsanto's position as the world's largest biotechnology seed company means that the company is infamous in some circles for influencing the regulatory process of agricultural systems around the world, as well as for controlling political campaigns through their financial clout.
In fact, at least one faction, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, have labeled Monsanto as the Devil, and blame the company as one of the main villains in the loss of biodiversity, destruction of soils and local food systems, and decreasing numbers of pollinators:
On Thanksgiving Day this year (November 27, 2014), Reverend Billy is bringing his message directly to the Devil (so to speak), by inviting us all to come share a festive Thanksgiving meal on the lawn of Monsanto's World Headquarters in St. Louis, MO.
Participants are asked to bring a dish to share, and to meet at a nearby park before marching to Monsanto's offices (800 North Lindbergh Blvd.) for the dinner at 1pm. As part of the festivities, Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir will perform selections from their latest show, titled Monsanto Is the Devil, dressed as pilgrims and honeybees. RSVP for this event at Rev. Billy's website.
If you can't make it to St. Louis this Thanksgiving, you can make a difference at home by taking the pledge to cook as cleanly and naturally as possible for this year's holiday:
"I pledge to make my family Thanksgiving as organic, local, non-GMO and pesticide free as possible."
You can also follow along via social media by tracking the hashtag #NoMonsanto