March against Monsanto in Chicopee
The event — organized by the group ‘Arise For Social Justice’ — started at 2:00 this afternoon and featured several speakers and music.
Organizers say they want to spread the word to the community about Monsanto and its genetically modified plants.
“Many countries have outright bans on these products and most of them also have labeling. They label each product so that people can make an informed decision,” said Sue Ducharme, one of the organizers.
Marches against Monsanto took place simultaneously in 46 countries and 223 cities and towns in the U.S. today.
Chicopee, Springfield and Pittsfield were among several Massachusetts cities participating.
Rallies were also held in Boston.
Demonstrators in the “March against Monsanto” there say they have the right to know if they’re eating something that has been altered.
They say the point of the global protests aren’t just to call out the Monsanto corporation — but to raise awareness to the possible health issues from genetically modified food.
Organizers say most corn, soybean and cotton crops in the U.S. have been genetically modified to add nutrition or to increase supply.