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May 25, 2014

Protesters rally against agro giant Monsanto

OKLAHOMA CITY — Rain did not deter protesters at the March Against Monsanto in Bricktown on Saturday evening. A button on one man’s shirt was typical of the attitude of many of the marchers, “I’m one of those people,” it read.

“I am here today marching against Monsanto because I care about our health and our environment, Norman resident Christy Privett said. “But more importantly I care about the next generation... if a handful of corporations own all the seeds, then they got the control.”

Privett said a future with robotic bees and no farmers is not a future she wants for her children.

Privett became aware of genetically modified organisms or GMOs as a mother concerned with conscience eating choices for the best health of her children.

“There is an awakening going on,” Privett told the crowd gathered in front of the Harkins Theatre. “Even some of the corporate grocery stores have begun to sell more organic produce at a reasonable price.”

For Privett and others like her, eating food that is not chemically treated is important. Other concerns driving the movement against Monsanto revolve around control of the food supply. GMO seeds are patented by large companies who then control those seeds.

“For me, it’s always been less is more,” said Norman resident Judith Blake. “Fewer people between me and my food.”

Blake and friend, Marcie Hronopulos, said they decided to attend the March in Bricktown after reading about the event in the Transcript.

“We’ve been involved in food co-ops because we have no idea how a gene from a fish and a gene from a tomato could ever go together to form a viable food product,” said Hronopulos.

Monsanto is a leading manufacturer of herbicides and hold patents on several GMO seeds used in industrial agriculture. GMOs are plants or animals created through gene splicing biotechnology or genetic engineering.

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