Voices Raised Against GMO Food

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

With a police escort, marchers walked along University Avenue toward Senator Croll Park during March Against Monsanto 2014 in Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Catherine Owen

(WINDSOR, ON) – Over 60 concerned citizens, of all ages, gathered together for a walk and rally on May 24 and participated in Windsor’s third March Against Monsanto.

March Against Monsanto is an international, grassroots organization that was founded by Tami Canal, in California. Saturday’s March Against Monsanto occurred in over 400 cities, in 52 countries, on 6 continents. GMO free Windsor/Essex is the organizing group behind the local Windsor event advocating the elimination of genetically modified organisms.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor Gabe Maggio

Ward 3 candidate Gabe Maggio addressed the gathered crowd and advocated for proclaiming Windsor a GMO Free zone. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The participants marched from Riverside Drive, along Ouellette Avenue, carrying signs and chanting until they reached Senator Croll Park in City Hall Square.

The Windsor municipal election candidate in Ward 3, Gabe Maggio, spoke about the positive benefits of buying organic foods and the need for transparency and proper food labelling. He urged the crowd not to view the corporations that undermine the activists as the enemy.

”Your passion is your friend. Your enemy is indifference,” he said. Maggio supported proclaiming Windsor as a GMO free zone.

Michael Valente, a Windsor resident, talked about insufficient or absent health testing on GMO foods. He also discussed the reasons why there is opposition in North America to the labelling of GM foods.

Valente encouraged the crowd to opt for food labelling in regards to GMOs.

“Food safety is not best when left in the hands of the government, but in the hands of the people.” Labelling is presently occurring in 64 countries.

Michael Valente called for labelling legislation to warn consumers of products containing GMO's. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Michael Valente called for labelling legislation to warn consumers of products containing GMO’s. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lisa Large, another Windsor resident, spoke about about how the impending provincial and municipal elections are good opportunities to ask candidates their positions on GMO food.

A spokesperson for GMO free Windsor/Essex, Lisa Doig, was very pleased by the community response to this event and stated that her organization was playing an active role in the GMO debate.

“We all have an active interest in educating about GMOs and the labelling and banning of GMOs,” she said.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor Council of Canadians

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor Lisa Doig

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor

March Against Monsanto 2014 Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.

1 Comment on "Voices Raised Against GMO Food"

  1. Thanks to Windsor Square for providing media coverage of this event. These global marches are being ignored by the mainstream media. Thanks to Ian for the great pictures.

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