If you ever wondered what an anti-GMO rally looks like, we have some photos for you. In fact, the protestors themselves made these photos available through an online sharing program called flickr. According to an ag reporter that we know was on the ground at the rally, it wasn’t nearly as big as the protestor reported. But it’s interesting, nonetheless, to see what all the fuss is about.
According to the protest group ‘Food Democracy Now’, nearly 300 family farmers, activists, and members of Food Democracy Now! gathered in front of the White House to demand both that Monsanto end their campaign of intimidation against America’s family farmers over GMO’s, and that President Obama halt approval of genetically modified food. The demand for Pres. Obama included a halt of approvals, including GMO salmon, until independent long-term safety tests can be conducted.
Click this link to take a look a few photos from the event.
“Family farmers need and deserve the right to farm. We have a right to grow good food and good seed for our families and our communities without the threat of trespass and intimidation,” Jim Gerritsen, an organic potato farmer from Maine, and representing OSGATA, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit told the enthusiastic crowd. “We need Court protection so that our families will be able to carry on our farming tradition and help keep America strong,” said Gerritsen.
Food Democracy Now also contends that many farmers have been forced to stop growing certain crops to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits from Monsanto.