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From Alaska to Florida: Americans take to streets against Monsanto and GMOs (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: May 25, 2013 19:56
Edited time: December 24, 2013 16:21

People hold signs during a demonstration against agribusiness giant Monsanto and genetically modified organisms (GMO) in front of the White House in Washington on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Nicholas Kamm)

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Hundreds of thousands across the US joined the worldwide rally against biotech giant Monsanto and genetically engineered crops. It 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.

People hold signs during a demonstration against agribusiness giant Monsanto and genetically modified organisms (GMO) in front of the White House in Washington on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Nicholas Kamm)

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.

Demonstrators hold up posters during a protest against U.S.-based Monsanto Co. and genetically modified organisms (GMO), in New York May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Eduardo Munoz)

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

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.

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

Initially a small movement, the March Against Monsanto campaign turned into a global event with millions of participants in over 50 countries thanks to the efforts of activists and social networking services.

Over 500 people marched through downtown Anchorage, Alaska, bearing signs with slogans like “I’m not a scientific experiment” and “Demand GMO Labels.”

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

Hundreds flooded the streets of Florida calling on the US government to stop lobbying for biotechnology giants.

Thousands protested near the Sacramento State Capitol in California. The event featured magnificent traditional Aztec dances.

Meanwhile several hundred activists gathered in Dallas chanting “No more lies! No more greed! We don't want your toxic seed!”

Hundreds of protesters took to the street in Los Angeles and marched towards the City Hall carrying signs with messages such as “Label GMOs, it’s our right to know” and “Real Food 4 Real People.” Rallies and colorful events were taking place all across the city until 5 pm.

Marches against the biotechnology giant Monsanto have taken place in 436 cities across 52 countries this week with an estimated total number of participants standing at over two million, the organizers of the global event said.

The March Against Monsanto, Anchorage, Alaska. (Image from facebook.com / photo by Betty Nuggs)

The March Against Monsanto, Miami. (Image from twitter user@sbstarchaser)

The March Against Monsanto, Dallas. (Image from twitter user@reneefranks)

Native American dancers protest against agribusiness giant Monsanto in Los Angeles on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Robyn Beck)

Comments (100)

Anonymous user 29.05.2013 10:49

Sent the March to our local Fox affiliate here in Detroit. They said weekends aren't staffed to covr

 

Cldfsn0200 28.05.2013 21:18

Very grateful to RT for you objective news coverage of the Monsanto story. Why hasn't CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC covered this news story to the same degree you have... it is too important. It matters to the health of people around the earth. It is critical to life itself. Thank you RT!!

Anonymous user 28.05.2013 18:11

china: lead in baby food but still label GMO's. US:mercury and formaldehyde in baby food+don't label

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