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People Gather In Cities All Over The World With Anti-GMO Message

May 28, 2013

Hundreds of people gathered near the State Capitol in Denver, Colo. to protest GMOs.
Credit Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

Protesters gathered in cities across the country Saturday to protest what they call "big agribusiness" and the prevalence of genetically modified foods.

In front of the statehouse in Denver, there was a crowd of about 500 people. The rally was organized under the banner of March Against Monsanto.

Signs have slogans like "Just Say No To GMOs" and "Keep Calm and Label On."

One of the rally’s speakers, Alan Lewis, works on ag policy for Vitamin Cottage.

“So where do we stand right now?" he asks rhetorically. "We have a political establishment that has bought into the hype of GMO food and big agriculture.”

Most speakers at the rally followed a general list of demands. Protesters called for more independent research on the potential health effects of genetically modified foods and consumer labels for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

Organic farmer August Miller was at the gathering, but says apathy around food policy is pervasive.

“The conversation is stifled by people’s lax attitude in democracy,” Miller says. 

Organizers say more than 250 cities throughout the world held similar protests .