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.
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.
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.