Monsanto is an American multinational agricultural biotech corporation that calls themselves a sustainable agriculture company, but some say the group is killing small farms and local agriculture as well as causing health problems related to consumption of its foods. This Saturday there will be a "March on Monsanto" in Sheridan designed to raise awareness to the problems posed by GMO foods. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has more.
Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, are a part of modern life and probably part of your diet whether you know it or not. Organizer of Sheridan's "March on Monsanto," Bonnie Gregory, says nearly 75 percent of the food we consume has likely been modified in some way.
She says Monsanto has a massive grasp on the seed industry, and in turn, the food industry not just in the United States but around the world.
In addition to producing genetically engineered seeds, the company also produces the herbicide Roundup. Gregory says the march on Saturday is more about raising awareness of the spread of GMO seeds across the country, and the negative impact those seeds have on local farms and on our health.
The march will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and they will meet in Grinnell Plaza. For more information on the movement, visit www.march-against-monsanto.com.