May 20, 2017 3:49 pm
Updated: May 20, 2017 5:18 pm

Anti-GMO protesters gather in downtown Toronto for ‘March Against Monsanto’

WATCH ABOVE: Genetically modified foods has been a source of debate and arguments for years. As Erica Vella reports, protesters marched through Toronto's streets against one of the leaders in GMO production on Saturday.

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Dozens of people came together on Saturday to participate in the sixth annual March Against Monsanto demonstration in Toronto.

Rachel Parent, founder of the non-profit organization Kids Right to Know, said the labelling of genetically modified ingredients is something she has been advocating for for five years.

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“This is about taking back our food sovereignty and making sure we have seed freedom,” Parent said.

Protesters met at Yonge and Dundas streets and marched to Christie Pitts park, where a food festival took place paying homage to local organic farmers.

“This festival is really a celebration,” Parent said. “All of us coming together and supporting organic and non-GMO options, supporting our small local organic farmers and realizing what we are putting into our bodies.”

READ MORE: Campbell Soup says it supports federal standard for GMO labelling in U.S.

In a statement, Monsanto spokesperson Trish Jordan said, “We know people have different points of view on these topics and it’s important they can express and share them.”

Jordan added that Monsanto’s work “is focused on using digital tools, data and research to find solutions that balance the need to feed people and protect the planet. Through innovation and collaboration with farmers and partnering organizations, we develop new tools that help the world’s farmers grow food using less of the earth’s natural resources.”

READ MORE: Teenage activist meets with Health Canada to discuss GMO labelling

On May 17, Bill C-291, an enactment to amend the Food and Drugs Act to allow the labelling of GMOs, was defeated — but Parent said she will not give up.

“We hope we can get more bills through parliament and hopefully they will be voted on in a positive way,” she said.

 

WATCH ABOVE: Teenage GMO labelling activist Rachel Parent landed a closed door meeting with Health Canada officials. Allison Vuchnich reports.

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