BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - If you've ever looked closely at food labels in the supermarket, you may be familiar with the term, "GMO." That stands for "genetically modified organisms," and those were what activists worldwide were protesting on Saturday.
Specifically, they're targeting Monsanto, one of the biggest companies making genetically-modified crop seeds.
Hundreds of Western New Yorkers joined the "March Against Monsanto" Saturday in Buffalo's Niagara Square.
Protester Matt Gleason said, "Basically just fighting for the right to label our food, know what we're eating and make sure it's healthy and what nature intended for."
Monsanto is one the food giants producing genetically modified crop seeds which are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, and increase crop yields.
Some worry these genetically-altered foods are harmful to our health, and to the environment.
"They've tainted it so bad, with pesticides, that it's contaminating our food supply," protester Bonny Mahoney said.
Activists want the laws changed, so that manufacturers of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, would be forced to label their products.
Eating healthy food is a right, they argue. But without labels, people can't make informed choices.
"People don't really know what they're eating. It's basically a science experiment that people don't know they're being a part of," Gleason said.
Toni Mitchell, the owner of Natural Health Shop said, "If people choose to eat genetically modified food, that is their choice. But I feel that it needs to be labeled and that we need to know what's in the food."
Protester Kim Kelleher said, "By buying food with chemicals in it, we tell these companies, 'Go ahead. Keep making more.' But no. We can take back the control by not spending our money that way."
So how can you know what you're really putting in your body? Mahoney says to, "Read the labels of the food that you're buying; being aware of what you're actually consuming, and looking into where it's coming from and how it's grown and produced."
Dana Gerace, the Co-organizer of March Against Monsanto said, "My solution, and what we're doing at home, is we're growing our own stuff. This way, we know. We're buying organic seeds, heirloom seeds, and just planting our own fruits and vegetables in our yard."
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