March Against Monsanto this Saturday-Penticton Herlad

Penticton residents are invited Saturday to join with others from around the world to protest against the use of genetically modified organisms in food production.

The fifth annual March Against Monsanto is set to begin at 11 a.m. in Gyro Park, organized by Locals Supporting Locals.

According to co-ordinator Kevin Proteau, 38 countries have either banned GMOs or are in the process of doing so.

“Health Canada, in contrast to the rest of the world, is approving more GMO products such as apples and potatoes into our markets every year despite the move away from conventional agriculture that includes GMO,” he said in a press release.

Gabe Cipes from Summerhill Pyramid Winery is expected to speak at the event, as are other local agriculturalists, about their solutions for providing GMO-free foods.

Monsanto is targeted by the annual protests because it’s a leading producer of seeds for genetically modified food crops.

Rallies are also planned for Vernon, Penticton, Lumby and Enderby, which Proteau says are among 400 scheduled around the globe.

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