On May 21, Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering held a demonstration outside of Smith & Hawken, an upscale gardening store in NW Portland, to protest Monsanto and the Scotts Company's Genetically Engineered Creeping Bentgrass. (Smith & Hawken was recently acquired by Scotts.) When we arrived, we saw a familiar face of a woman who had also been in Corvallis on May 18 for a similar protest of ours at a USDA public forum. At first we thought we had a new supporter, but upon questioning her about why she was there, she admitted that she was, indeed, there to spy on us! We don't really know anything about her, other than her name is Jessica and she does not like to have her picture taken. She was also there with another woman who we didn't get a picture of. |
We were pretty surprised by how quickly she admitted to us why she was there. But she did refuse to tell us who paid her to be there. "Monsanto? Scotts?" we asked, but she wouldn't let us in on it.
Although it's kind of a scary thought to know that your group is being followed, it's also a good sign that you are doing something right. Our protest that day was a lot smaller compared to others we've had around town and others we've participated in, but apparently we are pushing the right buttons. Monsanto and Scotts know that this GE Bentgrass is a ridiculous idea and no doubt they are thinking of new ways to spin it to the public. Obviously, it helps for them to know what their opposition is doing, but they've got to work a little harder than that to stop us. The anti-GE movement is growing every day, and it's only a matter of time before we take back our food from the likes of Monsanto and start growing all our food sustainably.
There is also another interesting twist to this story that we'll be revealing when the time is right, but for now, keep an eye out for our corporate spy on the streets of Portland!