From Alaska to Florida: Americans take to streets against Monsanto and GMOs



Published time: May 25, 2013 19:56

The March Against Monsanto, New York, May 25, 2013. (Image from twitter user@NastiaChurkina)

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Protesters across the US are joining the worldwide rally against biotech giant Monsanto and genetically engineered crops. The mass protest comes shortly after the Senate turned down a bill that would allow states to require the labeling of GM foods.

Organizers of the major rally that swept through dozens of nations around the globe on
Saturday, urge a repeal of the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, and call for a boycott of
Monsanto products.

Participants in the March Against Monsanto were also demanding
the right to know what they’re paying for and what their children
eat. The protesters called for labeling of GM foods, which they say
could pose a danger to human health, and demand further scientific
research of such products.

RT covers the protest which is getting a mainstream media
blackout, with RT’s Anastasia Churkina – who as at the heart of the
protest march in New York City — one of dozens of American cities
that are staging protests against Monsanto.

According to our estimates there are over 2,000
here
,” she said. “All these people have gathered here today
to speak out against this giant biotech corporation that for years
has been accused of manipulating and corrupting farmers throughout
the world and monopolizing the agriculture
industry.

In Washington DC, a crowd of marchers gathered in front of the
White House waving banners and posters.

A crowd of marchers gathered in front of the White House. (Image from twitter user@@gmo917)

Meanwhile, the US-based seed giant maintains that its seeds
improve agriculture since it helps farmers to produce more from
their land while saving resources such as water and energy. At the
same time, Monsanto said on Saturday, they respect people’s rights
to express their opinion on the matter, AP reported.

Initially a small movement, the March Against Monsanto campaign
turned into a global event with an estimated 200,000 participants
in over 40 countries thanks to the efforts of activists and social
networking services.

We got RT America here outside of the WhiteHouse. (Image from twitter user@@gmo917)

This article originally appeared on: RT