Eau Claire (WQOW) - A global push calling attention to genetically modified food and the companies who produce it had dozens of people marching through downtown Eau Claire today.
The "March against Monsanto" drew around 60 people to city hall this afternoon. Organizers say they want to draw attention to the seed company and others who use genetically modified organisms or GMO's. The genetics of the plants are changed to add nutritional benefits and resist pesticides. Opponents say changing genetics can lead to health problems and currently no label is required on products with the genetically altered seeds.
"There's not that many people that are aware, you know, everyday knowledge as far as what GMO's are. We're demanding that they label their products as containing GMO's so that people have that option in order to decide if that's something they want to buy," said Alex Clay, who helped organize the Eau Claire demonstration.
Eau Claire was one of more than 250 cities across the world who participated in the demonstration today. The seed company says that it respects people's rights to express their opinion, but believes its seeds help farmers produce more food, while conserving water and energy.