“TORONTO – Hundreds marched in Toronto Saturday joining thousands around the world to protest against genetically modified organisms and agribusiness giant Monsanto.
The “March Against Monsanto” protests are now in their third year and were held in several Canadian cities including Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Organizers said that events were being held in 428 cities in 38 countries from North America to Africa and Europe.
Demonstrators in Toronto rallied outside of Queen’s Park before marching their way across the city to a GMO-free festival at Christie Pits in the city’s west end.
The group behind the event said in a statement the rally is about providing an opportunity to people to educate themselves about the “serious health conditions” linked to “Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods.”
Those who attended the rally in Toronto said it was about creating a grassroots movement.
“Companies like Monsanto have billions of dollars behind them. They can do their campaigns and there is not a problem. We are as grassroots as it comes,” Brock Sheppard, who identified himself as an organic food consumer, told Global News.
In Kelowna, B.C., dozens of protesters gathered calling for more protection of food supplies and to create awareness of what they say are harmful impacts of genetically modified foods like the Arctic Apple….”