Toronto streets march against Monsanto

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Marina Tyszkiewicz

"If you are so proud of it, why not label it?” Could be heard chanting across the streets of downtown Toronto today as protesters marched along Yonge Street during the cities fifth March Against Monsanto Toronto protest event.

Similar chants would be echoed coast to coast as protesters marched to boycott Monsanto across 46 countries today.

Protesters and activists march along Yonge street in Toronto.
Protesters and activists march along Yonge street in Toronto.

Hundreds of people attended the family event in our city including farmers; to protest the American corporation which supplies approximately 90 per cent of genetically modified seeds in the world. It’s also the leading producer of Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide.

Michael Schmidt a raw milk farmer and activist leading protesters.
Michael Schmidt a raw milk farmer and activist leading protesters.

Monsanto is known for selling patented and herbicide-resistant crops to farmers, these seeds are also resistant to Monsanto’s produced herbicide. The corporation has sparked a lot of controversy for developing and distributing GMO seeds, which are developed through a lab-based practice, which involves removing genes from one species and inserting them into another.

Taya cook with her father Stan Bendersby and her son Jameson Cook.
Taya cook with her father Stan Bendersby and her son Jameson Cook.

The event was held at Queens Park, where protestors circled around guest speakers who spoke out against Monsanto and the impact the corporation is having on Canadians. People rallied around in solidarity, demonstrating their concerns over the potential threat GMO’s could have on their health and voiced their concerns over the lack of transparency when it comes to food labelling in Canada.

Protesters gather at Nathan Phillips square .
Protesters gather at Nathan Phillips square .

“General Mills committed to labelling their foods as GMO in America, but don’t believe in offering the same transparency to Canadians,” said Rachel Parent, a teen GMO labeling activist, and one of the speakers at the protest. Parent once went head-to-head with Kevin O’Leary on air about GMO’s in 2013.

In the 2013 interview Parent challenged O’Leary on people’s right to know about food labelling and stated that GMO’s "don’t have higher yields".

Rachel Parent, a teen GMO labeling activist giving her speech on GMO's.
Rachel Parent, a teen GMO labeling activist giving her speech on GMO's.

Toronto resident Taya Cook arrived to the event for the first time this year to show her support against Monsanto. With her she brought her father and her seven-month-old son Jameson who was marinated head-to-toe in support, while arriving in an adorable knit, non-GMO, carrot costume.

Cook says she tries her best to avoid GMO’s by purchasing foods locally, buying from local farmers markets and eating from home more. She says she’s also helped her father make better food choices and food quality is paramount when it comes to her family.

“It’s an important cause to support, and important because people have the right to know, especially if you have a kid, you want to know what they’re eating,” she says.

Local posts

 cid e4d70c5a b538 4954 8299 94a3b042d15e

DeClute Light Up The Beach raises over $11,000

Posted on Dec 3, 2016
The ninth annual DeClute Light Up the Beach was the most successful year ever, raising over $11,000 that will go...
The Beach Read more
Img 4926

Christmas Joy! Healey Willan Singers 10th Anniversary Christmas Concert

Posted on Dec 2, 2016
On Sunday, November 27, the Healey Willan Singers began their 10th anniversary season with a concert to kick off the...
West End Read more
Speaker pastor

"SHINE" Women's Christmas Celebration

Posted on Nov 30, 2016
Women of all ages gathered at Kennedy Road Tabernacle on Saturday November 26th to shimmer, sparkle and shine. The SHINE...
Brampton Read more

Warm Supports to Your Health Journey

Posted on Nov 30, 2016
On November 19th to 20th, Yuri's Village Naturopathic Clinic held a unique event, "Health. Food. Creativity." This is the 7th...
East End Read more
Joseph   john

Write On! Festival

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
The literary talents of the Mississauga Writers Group (MWG) were on display at the Noel Ryan Auditorium and the atrium...
Mississauga Read more

Marian Montessori School Christmas Concert and Bazaar

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
Marian Montessori School celebrated 28 years of service to the community with a beautiful Christmas concert at which the precious...
Greater Toronto Area Read more
Img 0367

A Christmas Event at Ireland House Museum

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
Fun was had by all who attended the Christmas Event at Ireland House Museum on Sunday, November 20th. Despite the...
Burlington Read more

Michelle Lecce-Hewitt Band rocks the 120 Diner!

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
What a successful musical live performance by the Michelle Lecce-Hewitt Band at the 120 Diner on Saturday night, November 26th!!...
Downtown Toronto Read more
Img 5600

Heroes in the Home Recognition

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
Whitby caregivers honoured for outstanding dedication and commitment Whitby, ON Nov. 28, 2016 – Fifty-two residents in the Whitby area...
Whitby Read more

Eastdale CVI Annual Craft Show

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
The 31st Eastdale Craft Show supporting Eastdale Athletics was a huge success. An enormous thanks goes out to the 80...
Oshawa Read more
Img 1084

Holiday Bazaar -great vendors and a great turn out!

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
Our Holiday Bazaar had great success this past Saturday. Residents and members of the community were able to shop and...
Port Hope Read more
Essential oil bottles mimi larger

Wellness Centre opens in Brantford!

Posted on Nov 28, 2016
Wellness has arrived in Brantford! Mistico Mimi Wellness Centre opened in July 2016 and is proud to offer wellness in...
Brantford Read more
Bazaar 1

St. David's Parish Bazaar

Posted on Nov 22, 2016
The St. David's Parish Bazaar held on November 5, 2016 was a great success. Held annually, this year we added...
Welland Read more
Ecofair sign   open barn door

Electric Cars, Green Investment & Family Fun at this Year’s EcoFair at the Barns

Posted on Nov 21, 2016
The 1,700-plus people from babes in arms to older seniors who poured through the doors of the Wychwood Barns for...
Wychwood Park Read more
14962692 10157642229995034 7800413717167292571 n

Henderson - Kolk Duo Guitar Concert

Posted on Nov 11, 2016
The Henderson-Kolk Guitar Duo performed on Friday November 4th at the Sanderson Center in Brantford. The Duo performed as part...
Brant County Read more