Hundreds gather in Orlando for Monsanto protest

Published On: May 25 2013 02:29:04 PM EDT
Updated On: May 25 2013 07:28:29 PM EDT

Hundreds of people in Orlando march against Monsanto to protest what they say should be mandatory labeling by the company.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Orlando was one city participating across the world in a massive protest against Monsanto, Saturday.

The March Against Monsanto Orlando said they were expecting over 1,000 residents to participate in the march.

Officials said they wanted to march in solidarity with cities all over the world to demand mandatory labeling of all GMO products, and end Monsanto's practices of what they claim is bullying small farmers.

The march started around 2 p.m. at Orlando City Hall and featured various speakers including Commissioner Maya Fiallos and representatives from organic farms.

Rich Hillwig, an organizer of the event, says he was inspired to lead the march in order to inform Orlando to the danger Monsanto's products and practices.

"We can no longer allow Monsanto to hide the dangers their products pose to human safety, we must have the right to know what is in our food," Hilwig said.

Hilwig claims Monsanto's products are harmful to people and the planet, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup, specifically GMOs, engineered from the DNA of different species of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes.

Hilwig said Monsanto's genetically modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. Monsanto's Roundup, can be linked to these same diseases, as well as Parkinson's.

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