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Hundreds Of Chicagoans Joined March Against Monsanto Saturday

By Anthony Todd in Food on May 28, 2013 10:30PM

Two million people worldwide marched on Saturday in protest of what they believe is the danger posed by genetically-engineered plant varieties. The "March Against Monsanto" happened in 250 different cities across the globe, and plenty of Chicagoans joined in.

The protest, which attracted about 700 Chicagoans, stopped traffic in the loop. Sponsors included the Link text
Organic Consumers Association, Food and Water Watch and a new group, Occupy Monsanto. Monsanto has been the target of numerous complaints because of its work with genetically modified crops, especially those that spread genetically-modified pollen onto conventional crops. Currently, advocacy groups are fighting for mandatory labels on genetically-modified crops or food products that contain genetically-modified ingredients. However, the Senate rejected a bill that would allow states to regulate genetically-modified organisms last week.

The demonstration on Saturday started at Dearborn and Adams and went to the Thompson Center. Chicagoist Flickr pool contributor PhotoSchmoto was there to capture the scene.