Hundreds march against Monsanto

Approximately 300 people took part in a public protest against genetically modified food and the Monsanto Corporation in Kelowna Saturday.

After speeches by Darin Howard and others, the group marched across the Hwy. 97 overpass and down to the Kelowna Crafters and Farmers Market on the corner of Springfield and Dilworth.

Similar marches took place Saturday all over the world, including Vancouver, London, Vienna, Brussels and many cities in the U.S.

“We’re not part of an organized group,” said Darin Howard, one of the coordinators of the event.

“We’re just a group of individual volunteers that get together and decide how we’re going to do it.”

Former City Councillor Angela Reid-Nagy brought along her 11-month-old daughter. She feels strongly that GMO’s should never have been allowed into her food in the first place. 

“GMO’s have not been adequately tested and they’re being unleashed into the natural world where they cross-breed with natural organisms,” she said. 

“We don’t understand the repercussions of that, yet.”

Darin Howard helped organize the event and also participated in a similar protest that took place in March outside Parkinson Rec.

“GMO’s are a really important issue that isn’t covered enough,” he said.

“If you don’t know about GMO’s yet, it’s important to get on the internet and start looking at the number of people (involved) and what their simple argument is.”

He recommends people look for credible, scientific information and urges anyone interested to visit this local website and this Facebook page.

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