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Tampa marches against Monsanto

By Alekos Zambrano |
May 28, 2015
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Marisol Marquez of Raices En Tampa demanding Monsanto out of Colombia
Marisol Marquez of Raices En Tampa demanding Monsanto out of Colombia (Photo by Ybor Sogie)

Tampa FL - Over 200 people gathered in downtown Tampa’s Lykes Gaslight Park, May 23, to rally against Monsanto and march in support of fair labeling practices. Protesters held signs saying “Hell no GMOs,” “We are not a science experiment,” and “Stop eating cancer.” The crowd chanted, “Wendy’s and Micky D’s, stop using GMOs please.”

The crowd listened to speakers talk about the importance of honest labeling practices and healthy, sustainable agriculture after some time of sign making and petition signing. A large contingent of the organizers as well as the marchers was dressed as honeybees. Speakers reminded the crowd of how Monsanto’s practices are designed to make more profits for the big agriculture companies.

The crowd marched down Kennedy Boulevard for about a mile before turning back and ending at the park.

Marisol Marquez, of Raices in Tampa summed up why she was marching, “Connecting the dots between what U.S. consumers are purchasing, that comes from places like Colombia, and how the workers are being exploited there, is why I am here today. Monsanto products are used to the destroy crops of poor farmers in Colombia. Stop U.S. war in Colombia!”

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