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Stick It to Big Agribusiness

March Against Monsanto Saturday

By Eric S. Peterson
Posted // May 23,2013 -

This weekend, join activists rallying at the Utah Capitol against agribusiness giant Monsanto, which has garnered special protections through a bill recently signed into law by President Barack Obama. Also, learn more about the autism epidemic in Utah at a family-fun day held at Westminster College, where there will be activities and information about autism in Utah. Later, get signed up for a unique seminar put on by the YWCA about how to raise children to avoid violence.

March Against Monsanto
Saturday, May 25
Bio-tech behemoth Monsanto is infamous for pushing for genetically modified crops, and in March, President Barack Obama signed off on the Farmer Assurance Provision, which critics have dubbed the Monsanto Protection Act. The legislation gives the major company perks that include, critics say, the ability to plant genetically modified crops before they’ve been reviewed as safe by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On Saturday, join ralliers for a national day of protest against Monsanto and make some noise for fair and safe farming practices. Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, May 25, noon, Facebook.com/GMOFreeUtah

Family Fun Day for Children With Autism
Saturday, May 25

This weekend, come to Westminster College for an event offering a day of fun and awareness for Utah families who have autistic children. The event is free and open to the public and will include information booths, bouncy houses, bocce ball and more. Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East, 801-832-2489, May 25, 2-4 p.m., WestminsterCollege.edu

Peaceabilities Seminar
Thursday, May 30

Having world peace tomorrow starts with peace at home, right now. That’s why the YWCA has teamed up with Brigham Young University professor Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill and Claudia Clayton to offer a seminar on their Peaceabilities program, which teaches children peaceful problem-solving skills through stories and games. The seminar costs $45 for the public and $40 for YWCA members. Wasatch Retreat & Conference Center, Episcopal Church Center of Utah, 75 S. 200 East, 801-537-8616, May 30, 9 a.m-3 p.m., YWCA.com

 
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