TAMPA, Fla. - Thousands took to the streets of Tampa Bay to protest the seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces.
The March Against Monsanto in Tampa began at the Hyde Park Playground on Swann Avenue and ended three miles away at Curtis Hixon Park. In St. Petersburg, protesters took to the steps of City Hall.
Demonstrators want to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically-modified food. They say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions such as cancer, birth defects, and infertility.
They're asking for a repeal of certain provisions in the recent bill nicknamed the "
Monsanto Protection Act" that could allow seeds deemed unsafe to be planted, despite legal action. Protesters also want clear labeling of GMOs on products and more research of the health effects of genetically modified foods.
Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the U.S. have been genetically modified. Monsanto maintains its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources.
Saturday's protest was part of a larger, worldwide movement. Organizers say protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities.