Protesters Rally Against Genetically Modified Food
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A group of protesters in Cleveland took part in a worldwide “March Against Monsanto” Saturday.
Rallies were held all over the world to protest the seed company, and genetically modified foods in general. Organizers said there were protests in places across six continents, in 52 countries and in 436 cities.
In part, demonstrators are seeking laws to force food labels to reveal to consumers if they contain what are known as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.
Organizers said most corn, soybean and cotton crops in the U.S. have been genetically modified to add nutrition or to increase supply.
“We need to stand up against these companies and let them know we’re not going to stand for it,” said Jacqueline Rosa. “We want our lawmakers to hear us loud and clear.”
In a statement, Monsanto responded to the protests by saying it is proud of its efforts to help improve farm productivity and food quality.
The company added that it respects the rights of others to express their opinions, but believes it is making a contribution by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving water and energy.
(CNN contributed to this report)