Anti-GMO protest takes to the streets

May 26, 2014
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Some four dozen people took part in the Midcoast’s March Against Monsanto May 24, part of a worldwide action.

Rockland — On March 24, Rockland was part of the annual worldwide March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Marches took place on six continents, in 52 countries. In the United States, solidarity marches were slated for 47 states.

Rockland’s annual walk through the city drew some four dozen participants, some joining along the route that ran from Broadway down Gay Street, up and down Main Street and back again, with a stop at the Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op. There, marchers were encouraged to do more than “preach to the choir” but also to talk to friends and neighbors about the importance of buying local food and protecting the overall food supply.

Amiee Moffitt-Mercer, one of the local March Against Monsanto organizers, spoke to participants in the former MacDougal School parking lot before the march stepped out March 24. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The local March Against Monsanto heads down Rockland's Gay Street. One marcher wore a GMO-free pumpkin costume. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Meaghan Boyle of the Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op greets the local marchers, many of whom returned for lunch after the event. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The local March Against Monsanto drew several dozen participants, picking some up along the way through Rockland. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
With signs, drums, whistles and a meditation gong, the local March Against Monsanto makes its way through downtown Rockland May 24. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Donald Renn | May 27, 2014 07:08

If people took ime to understand what benefits genetic engineering has brought to mankind in agriculture and medicine, they would be praising Monsanto rather than damning them.  As a founder of FMC BioProducts, now Lonza here in Rockland,I worked closely with the scientists at Monsanto by providing the agarose and technology essential for isolating the necessary genes.  Genetic engineering speeds up evolutionary selection processes.  Yes I'm a Unitarian , but an understanding one.

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