This weekend, dozens of Kansas Citians joined protestors around the world by taking part in the second March Against Monsanto. The demonstrations are an effort to call attention to health concerns raised by the agricultural use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other chemicals, and call for a ban on their use.
Although the turn-out for this weekend’s event was smaller than for the first march last spring, the participants were no less committed. As promised, the march through The Plaza was a peaceful, family-friendly event. A marcher noted, “It’s my job as a parent not to just keep my kids safe, but to teach them. You don’t teach your kids by doing things you have to hide from them.”
March Against Monsanto (MAM) was founded by Tami Monroe Canal, who was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “Monsanto’s predatory business and corporate agricultural practices threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. MAM supports a sustainable food production system. We must act now to stop GMOs and harmful pesticides.”
Another march is being planned for May 2014.