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

1  4

Dundas Valley Orchestra "An Afternoon at the Opera"

Posted on Jan 31, 2018
On Sunday afternoon January 28, 2018 The Dundas Valley Orchestra performed opera favourites with the Dundas Celebration Singers, and guest...
Dundas Read more
Gfc logo

The Ganaraska Forest Centre – 40 years of Outdoor Education

Posted on Jan 31, 2018
Research shows that children learn best when they participate in real-life, hands-on activities. The formal name for those experiences is...
Northumberland County Read more
Flyer  3 feb only lola 1

Wanderlust Wealth and Wine - Great evening of information and wine.

Posted on Jan 25, 2018
On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, a successful information session Wanderlust, Wealth and Wine was held at Markland Woods GC. The...
Mississauga Read more

Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest

Posted on Nov 19, 2017
The Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest are Ecstatic to have been awarded "Platinum" in the 'Best Food/Drink (Ribs)' category in the Brant...
Brantford Read more

Dundas Valley Orchestra "Autumn in the Valley"

Posted on Dec 13, 2017
On Sunday November 12,2107 the Dundas Valley Orchestra had their fall concert "Autumn in the Valley" at St. Paul's United...
Dundas Read more
Img 20170914 201451

Successful CARP Etobicoke Travel Show

Posted on Sep 16, 2017
Very successful CARP Etobicoke Travel Show Markland Wood Golf Club with over 110 people attending and wait list of 40...
Etobicoke Read more
20786524 10154572077867811 1692925024 n


Posted on Aug 12, 2017
The Hamilton Cardinals returned to Bernie Arbour Stadium for game six in their quarter finals series with Kitchener looking to...
Hamilton Read more
20750513 10154564908002811 1390548186 n


Posted on Aug 10, 2017
Just two days after the Cardinals and Panthers dueled in a slugfest, they returned to the field on Tuesday night...
Hamilton Read more
20668331 10154557557592811 877893572 n


Posted on Aug 7, 2017
Game two of the best of seven quarter-final series between the Kitchener Panthers and Hamilton Cardinals was played Saturday night...
Hamilton Read more
20597026 10154543110267811 9167576912329796852 n


Posted on Aug 1, 2017
The Intercounty Baseball League announced today that Hamilton Cardinals Chris Lazar has been named the IBL’s Pitcher of the Week...
Hamilton Read more
2017 ibl playoffs 2nd


Posted on Aug 1, 2017
The Hamilton Cardinals in conjunction with the Intercounty Baseball League and Kitchener Panthers today announced the dates and times for...
Hamilton Read more
20561769 10154542851717811 903072201 n


Posted on Jul 31, 2017
Hamilton finished off their 2017 IBL regular season on Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader against this season’s regular season pennant...
Hamilton Read more
20496275 10154538416512811 805568540 n


Posted on Jul 29, 2017
Hamilton hosted the Brantford Red Sox in IBL action on Friday night at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Chris Beer led the...
Hamilton Read more
20371125 10154530109907811 472049129 n


Posted on Jul 26, 2017
Hamilton finished off their regular season series with the Burlington Herd on Tuesday night in IBL action at Bernie Arbour...
Hamilton Read more
20217002 10154517836607811 666241307 n


Posted on Jul 22, 2017
The final score on the scoreboard read 19-13 on Friday night in Hamilton but it wasn’t an Argos-Ticats game, it...
Hamilton Read more