March Against Monsanto Will Continue

3 years 7 months 2 days ago Wednesday, May 14 2014 May 14, 2014 Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:05:00 AM CDT May 14, 2014 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

ST. LOUIS - An organization opposing the creation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) will carry on with a scheduled protest on May 24 in St. Louis against biotech company Monsanto, despite threats of misdemeanor charges.

GMO Free Midwest is an organization that seeks to promote local food and agriculture and "educate about the dangers of GMOs and Monsanto's products". The organization says GMOs pose serious health dangers.

Monsanto, a biotech company based in St. Louis, works to provide farmers with genetically modified seed that will allow them to produce more from their land "while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy".

GMO Free Midwest has been using a median on the roadway near Monsanto headquarters to protest in the past, but now Creve Coeur City Council has voted unanimously to not allow that, citing dangers resulting from protest activity spilling over into the street.

The organization will still to hold the protest, facing misdemeanor charges if they break the city ordinance.

St. Louis march organizer Susie Chasnoff says "The police already have the legal authority to ensure safety on the median... so I don't think they needed an extra layer of law."

The march is one of dozens against GMOs occurring across the globe on May 24.

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