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London, Dublin Join Mainland Europe on Annual Global Rally Against Monsanto

© AFP 2022 / REMY GABALDAAn anti-GMO (genetically-modified crops) activist holds a town entrance roadsign reading "Monsantox" after anti-GMO activists entered a production site of US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto to protest aganinst the use of GMO crops
An anti-GMO (genetically-modified crops) activist holds a town entrance roadsign reading Monsantox after anti-GMO activists entered a production site of US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto to protest aganinst the use of GMO crops - Sputnik International
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London and Dublin joined protests against US-based agriculture giant Monsanto.

An activist holds a banner that reads 'Monsanto pour la terre c'en est trop' (Monsanto, too much for the earth) at a march against Monsanto, where 'anti-OGM31' cooperative and citizens are protesting against US agriculture and seed giant Monsanto on May 23, 2015, in Toulouse - Sputnik International
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Global Anti-Monsanto Rally Gathers Steam in Mainland Europe
MOSCOW(Sputnik) — London and Dublin joined nearly 450 global cities where mass rallies against US-based agriculture giant Monsanto, the leading producer of genetically engineered seeds and chemical herbicides, were planned to be held on Saturday.

May 23 marks the March Against Monsanto (MAM) day seeking to raise awareness of the possible health threats posed by the $20-billion corporation's produce. The worldwide events' coordinating group, MAM, claimed on its website to have registered at least 428 cities across 38 countries to hold anti-Monsanto demonstrations.

The group's branch in London gathered outside the parliament building in Westminster, where a live feed of the event broadcast speakers criticizing Monsanto's excessive use of genetically modified organisms (GMO).

"No seed dictatorship," read one of the protesters' banners in Dublin, Ireland, where over 2,000 people registered to attend the third annual March Against Monsanto.

An activist writes GMO danger after anti-GMO activists entered in a production site of US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto to protest against the use of GMO crops and ask for the extension of the moratory on MON810 corn, on January 17, 2014, in Trebes, southern France - Sputnik International
France Holds Mass Anti-GMO Giant Monsanto Rallies
Eight English, Welsh and Scottish cities along with three Irish cities were among the 85 localities across Europe registered on MAM's event page.

The agribusiness giant initially founded as a food additive in 1901 has grown to employ 22,000 people in plants in 61 countries and become the world's leading producer of genetically engineered seeds and chemical herbicides.

Critics charge Monsanto creates widespread health risks through its use of GMOs and exerts undue influence on government bodies to suppress evidence of the dangers its products pose.

Monsanto's Roundup Ready weedkiller is widely blamed for a range of health and environmental hazards, including possible links to human diseases.

A Monsanto spokesperson told Sputnik earlier that people are free to express their opinion, adding that the company is committed to "making a more balanced meal accessible for everyone."

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