Thousands Join Protest of Monsanto

Decry the use of GMOs

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Protestors rallied in 436 cities across 522 countries Saturday in opposition to seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces. The “March Against Monsanto” movement began several months ago when organizer Tami Canal created a Facebook page calling for a rally against the company’s practices.

The protests followed the defeat of California’s Proposition 37, which would have required companies to label fresh produce and processed foods whose DNA had been altered by scientists. Fifty-three percent of people who voted in California opposed the bill.

Opponents of the bill argued that it was expensive, bureaucratic, and filled with loopholes, while supporters expressed concern over the integrity of their food. This week, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have required states to label genetically modified foods, a requirement that many farming interests oppose.

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