Protestors march against Monsanto
Saskatoon was one of 500 cities in 50 countries to take park in the March Against Monsanto on Saturday.
Chanting ‘No GMO.,’ 40 protestors made their way through the farmers market and down 22nd Street. The group is against genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the companies that produce them.
Much of the attention was focused on agriculture giant Monsanto.
“We’re here to bring awareness to Monsanto and how little people know about what they’re eating so that people start realizing that we want to know what we want to eat and we have to stop Monsanto,” demonstrator Sharon Vickners said.
Demonstrators called for a boycott of all GMOs and the mandatory labelling of all GMO foods. The group wielded signs denouncing companies like Monsanto while others dressed in skeleton costumes with corn pinned to their clothes. Others donned yellow and black to bring attention to the effects of insecticides on bee colonies.
Sharon Vickners holds an anti-GMO sign at a rally at the Saskatoon Farmers Market on Oct. 12, 2013.
The march comes four days ahead of World Food Day (Oct. 16) and the same week Monsanto was awarded the World Food Prize.
Vickners spoke out against Monsanto's involvement in politics.
“I think we need to take the individuals who are making these foods out of the decision process. I think we the people need to be part of that decision process, not the ones that are putting it on our plate” she said.
“I think there needs to be more screening of the individuals who are allowed on government bodies like the (United States Food and Drug Administration) for example.”
A second goal of the protest was to raise awareness about GMOs and what people are putting in their shopping carts. Vickners stressed the need to read the labels.
“If you can’t pronounce most of those items, guess what, why are you eating it? It’s just common sense in my opinion,” she said.
“With our purchases we can actually make a change with anything. We want to know what we’re eating.”