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Protesters march down Adams Avenue Saturday morning against genetically modified organisms and Monsanto. Participants chanted “Know your food” and “Get Monsanto out,” attracting honks and cheers from passing motorists. (Courtesy photo)
“Heck no GMO.” “Monsanto’s got to go.” “Reclaim our food.”
Those were some of the chants heard around downtown La Grande Saturday morning as protesters marched through town to promote a boycott of genetically modified organisms and Monsanto, an agricultural biotechnology company.
Participants of all ages attended the rally. Audrey Smith brought her 2-year-old son William with her — along with a sign reading “Not an experiment” with an arrow pointing to William.
Smith said consumers vote with their food dollars. If they stop buying, companies will stop selling GMO products, she said.
Smith also said she is concerned about the increasing prevalence of food allergies as associated with GMOs. William, however, doesn’t have any, she said.
The 25 or so march participants drew honks and cheers from passing cars on Adams Avenue. Event organizer Thomas Stratton said everything went as planned, even the weather.
“It’s exactly what we were hoping for,” said Stratton, local food and consumer education organizer for Oregon Rural Action. “But there’s never enough awareness.”