SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of protesters rallied in Salt Lake City as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces.
"March Against Monsanto" participants gathered on the steps of the state capitol building and cheered as speakers criticized Monsanto's seeds and weed-control products as deadly. They then marched down State Street.
Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply.
Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the U.S. today have been genetically modified. But critics say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.
Monsanto Co., based in St. Louis, says it respects people's rights to express their opinion on the topic, but maintains that its seeds improve agriculture.