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Cincinnati protestors March Against Monsanto

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Cincinnati's March Against Monsanto on Saturday (Photo courtesy of Twitter) Cincinnati's March Against Monsanto on Saturday (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

A group of concerned Tri-State residents joined a national movement on Saturday regarding genetically engineered foods and the seed giant Monsanto.

"March Against Monsanto" organizers say they're calling attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the companies that produce it.

Protests were held in more than 250 cities Saturday.

Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits and improve crop yields.

Some believe they can lead to health problems and harm the environment. Opponents have pushed for mandatory labeling, though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe.

Monsanto Co., based in St. Louis, said Saturday that it respects people's rights to express their opinion, but believes its seeds help farmers produce more food, while conserving water and energy.

Aaron Roco, Occupy Cincinnati member and Cincinnati's March Against Monsanto organizer said, "Monsanto's products touch every single person in this country and their influence on our government is great. Labeling their products, stopping their manipulation of our elected officials and ending their special legal privileges in the form of the Monsanto Protection Act should be on the minds of all Americans."

A rally was held Saturday in Cincinnati's Piatt Park, with speakers including University of Cincinnati Associate Professor and Author Adrian Parr.

For more information on the grassroots movement March Against Monsanto, follow this link: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/

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