Organizers say more than 400 demonstrations took place around the world on Saturday, in an effort to call attention to what the protesters claim are dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it.
The “Occupy Monsanto” group focused their efforts on one corporation — Monsanto, a leading producer of genetically engineered seed.
Rallies were held across Canada and the United States, in Europe, Australia, Brazil, Colombia and South Africa, among others.
Genetically modified plants or organisms, commonly called GMOs, are often created to resist disease and eliminate the need for pesticides.
In Vancouver, where nearly 4,000 people marched through downtown streets, organizer Lili Dion called on the public to educate themselves.
“I want people to ask questions,” she said. “A lot of people, it’s surprising, don’t know what GMOs are, or the lack of testing and how much it is in our food. So I just want people to ask questions… do your own research.”…
- “No Monsanto!” …… World marches against GMO food! (hrexach.wordpress.com)
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