Thousands of people will hit the streets Saturday for the sixth international March Against Monsanto.
March Against Monsanto’s objective is to protest Monsanto Company, genetically modified organisms, and chemicals such as Round-Up.
“I wouldn’t be comfortable giving GMO food to my family and friends because you are basically eating food that has been injected in it’s infancy with chemicals that try and prevent weeds and bugs from killing crops,” March Against Monsanto’s Kelly Derricks said.
Monsanto’s Chief Scientist Dr. Robb Fraley says there’s a lot of misinformation and confusion about GMOs.
“If you can spend enough time and can link with [consumers] on the importance these new technologies have from a food security, better nutrition, food affordability, or improving the environment, they start to understand innovation is needed in farming. [It’s similar] to innovations in healthcare and people lining up to get the next new I-phone.”
Monsanto has argued for years biotechnology is needed to help feed a growing world population.
“That’s [expletive],” Derrick said. “At least 6 million pounds of food, in less than a year, is wasted in a single country alone. Derricks added there is no reason why food with “brown spots” can’t be served to people instead of “throwing it away”.
According to a 2016 report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,“there is no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered [GMO] crops and conventionally bred crops.”
The March Against Monsanto’s Washington D.C. event will partner with Operation Stand Together, an initiative demanding justice for disabled, chemically-exposed military personnel. Erin Brockovich spoke at the event.