Two million people in more than 50 countries marched against Monsanto Saturday. The protestors want Monsanto’s genetically altered foods to be labeled or banned outright.
Monsanto is a leading producer of agricultural products around the world, doing business in 60 countries. The company sold $4 billion in seed in the last quarter, according to a Cable News Network report.
Many crops today are genetically altered to withstand the damaging effects of insects and/or herbicides and chemicals. For instance, GMO soybeans keep growing even after being sprayed with a chemical that kills all other plants.
Critics call the crops “Frankenfoods.”
But proponents say Monsanto’s GMO crops help feed an ever-hungrier world of more people.
Proponents say genetically altered crops improve nature though the use of man-made scientific techniques, and there has been no conclusive studies that indicate that eating those foods is harmful.
Genetically-altered foods are labeled in much of Europe, but not in the United States. Recently the U.S. Senate considering allowing states to label genetically modified plants, but voted down the effort.
The issue is evolving into a matter of disclosure, so people can decide for themselves, a CNN commentator said.
The March against Monsanto facebook page has more than 159,000 likes. It was created in February. To see it, click HERE.
Another international march against the chemical company is planned Saturday, Oct. 12, according to the facebook page.
The CNN report is available HERE.