Locals protest GMOs and food labels

2015-06-02 06:00
Over 800 people braved cold and wet weather in the city centre on Saturday to march against the incorrect use of genetically modified organisms.

Nicky Newman

Over 800 people braved cold and wet weather in the city centre on Saturday to march against the incorrect use of genetically modified organisms. PHOTOs: Nicky Newman

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Capetonians have taken to the street to demand correct labelling of genetically modified foods.

As part of an international protest, the march took place in the city centre on Saturday.

Protesters claim that authorities have given into a handful of biotechnology companies by failing to require testing and labelling of genetically engineered foods.

The march is a pro-organic, anti-transgenic genetically modified organisms (GMO) campaign being held on six continents and in over 500 cities worldwide.

GMOs are organisms whose genetic material have been artificially manipulated in a lab through genetic engineering, says event organiser Jeannie Ross.

“GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide,” she says.

Concerned citizens aim to spread awareness about the possible harmful effects of genetically modified food, to demand the right to natural medicines and to support local small and organic farmers

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