On Saturday, May 10, the Compass Group, a collective of artists and activists who have been working in what they describe as the geographic and political area of the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor, will present the fourth iteration of the People’s Trial on Monsanto, a participatory public hearing on Monsanto’s public record, and the impact of their products and policies on life—in this community, nation and biosphere. The hearing has been organized under the collaborative leadership of Sarah Lewison (Carbondale, Ohio), Sarah Kanouse (Iowa City, Iowa) and Claire Pentecost (Chicago, Illinois), and will be staged at the Clifton Lodge in Clifton, Ohio, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Local farmers, conservation managers, seed cleaners, agricultural workers, scientists, and naturalists have been recruited to testify as to the significance of genetic modification and associated technologies, as well as the role of government in regulating (or not regulating) these technologies. The trials have previously been held in Carbondale, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; and Iowa City, Iowa. The public is invited to attend this free public performative “trial.”