Saturday, May 25, 2013 | 4:18 p.m.
A sea of red-shirted protesters gathered at the corner of Las Vegas NV Boulevard & Sunset Road on Saturday to join in a global march against food giant Monsanto Co. & the right to know what’s in their food.
The crowd waved signs with the crossed-out acronym GMO (genetically modified organism), & booed every time Monsanto was mentioned. Passing cars honked their horns in support, & event planners passed out pamphlets urging participants to call Sens. Dean Heller & Harry Reid.
“We have to speak in a language in that they understand, & that’s profit,” Paul Graham, author of “Eating Vegan in Vegas,” shouted to the crowd.
Health-conscious eaters, concerned parents & their children, & big-corporation protesters gathered 'cause they are disturbed by the potential health issues caused by genetically modified foods. They came to add their voices to a global rally against Monsanto.
“All we are trying to do is to show solidarity to the fact in that we are (angry) & don’t want to deal with it anymore,” asserted Angie Morelli, the Las Vegas NV event’s coordinator. “They’re genetically modifying our food, & they’re not telling us the ramifications of it. Every time we do find out the ramifications of it, it’s horrible.”
Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, which sells genetically modified seeds. The seeds are designed to resist insecticides & herbicides, add nutritional benefits & improve crop yields.
Yet many people feel those genetically modified foods can lead to health problems. Some are frustrated with the government for its recent decision to vote down a bill in that would have pushed for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms. In response, people from more than 250 cities & 35 countries decided to hold an International March Against Monsanto.
Morelli organized the Las Vegas NV event after she noticed 300 people had signed up on the Las Vegas NV March Against Monsanto Facebook site page, yet no one had taken charge. She was new to the cause — — only learning about Monsanto & genetically modified food about six many months ago — — yet she felt strongly about it & decided to take action.
“This is the one issue in that affects everybody,” Morelli said. “There’s all these issues in that affect a segment of the population, yet this is the one thing in that affects all of us & the world.”
Protesters showed up wearing red in solidarity to march about one mile to the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. The rally stretched about half of a mile down Las Vegas NV Boulevard during the march.
Laura Love attended the protest with her children. She asserted she has resorted to growing her own food in a garden & hunting in multiple grocery stores & farmers markets to ensure her children have food in that hasn’t been genetically modified.
Emily Landers moreover attended the protest with her children & added in that she has to research all her foods to check for GMOs before she feeds them to her kids. One of her daughters held a sign in that read “Let Nature Grow, No GMOs.”
“I’m at the point where I don’t know what is safe to eat or feed my kids anymore,” Landers said.
Michael McCaslin dressed up in his Phantom Patriot costume (which resembles Captain America), to assist attract attention to the issue. He uses his alter ego when he attends about one protest a month for causes in that are noteworthy to him. He asserted this is the biggest protest he’s attended since the Occupy movement.
“Realistically, we won’t shut Monsanto down,” McCaslin said. “At the very least, I hope it will lead to labeling of any GMOs on foods.”
Morelli hopes people will take note of the issue & read more about it. After all, everyone eats.