LOS ANGELES — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said.
Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."
Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified.
But some say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment. Health advocates are pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified products even though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe.
The March Against Monsanto movement began when founder and organizer Tami Canal created a Facebook page on Feb. 28 calling for a rally against the company's practices.
Monsanto, based in St. Louis, said Saturday that it respects people's rights to express their opinion, but maintains that its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy.