17:44 GMT19 April 2021
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    London and Dublin joined protests against US-based agriculture giant Monsanto.

    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.

    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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