Downtown: March Against Monsanto to take place Saturday
Protesters worldwide will partake in the March Against Monsanto campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of Monsanto's genetically modified food and other dangerous products.
The campaign will take place at City Hall in Downtown Orlando, 400 S Orange Ave.
The rally will begin at City Hall where participants will hear from guest speakers who will discuss various topics regarding Monsanto, its products and effects, and more.
After the guest speakers, participants will march from City Hall to Lake Eola where they will pause for a quick break and then conclude the march back at City Hall. Supplies to make protest signs will be available.
The campaign is also set to take place in more than 420 cities within more than 40 countries spanning six continents, according to a press release.
Monsanto is an agricultural biotechnology corporation that operates on a multinational level and is based in the United States. The company produces various agricultural products and is the largest producer of genetically engineered seeds.
Controversy surrounding the safety and effects of the company's products has put Monsanto under national and international scrutiny in recent years.
Roundup is a controversial weed control herbicide produced by Monsanto. The main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, has been identified as possible carcinogen, according to a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a France-based cancer research organization that stems from the World Health Organization.
A technical fact sheet reported by the US Environmental Protection Agency states long-term exposures to glyphosate can lead to kidney damage and reproductive effects.
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Eric Gutierrez is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @atticus_adrift or email him at EricG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.