Colorado joins in with demonstrations across the state
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Activists today (May 25) will try to raise awareness about what they perceive as the dangers of genetically modified foods with a series of worldwide marches and protests under the #OccupyMonsanto banner.The rallies include events across Colorado, from Denver to Grand Junction. The Denver protest at the State Capitol starts at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to continue until 4 p.m.
A worldwide list of events is posted at this Facebook page.
Grassroots opposition has been growing the past few months since Congress passed what’s been called the Monsanto Protection Act, which appears to gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture at least temporary authority to ignore court rulings on whether it’s OK to plant genetically engineered crops. Read this NPR report for more details on the congressional action.
At the very least, activists want GMO foods to be labeled so that consumers have a choice at the checkout stand. Proponents of GMO foods say the laws are not needed because the products have been proven safe for human consumption. The Vermont House of Representatives recently passed such a measure, marking the first time a state government in the U.S. has moved this far toward regulating GMO products.
Information on the May 25 events is streaming across all social media channels in a big way, including an active Twitter feed at #OccupyMonsanto.