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article imageEdmonton marches against Monsanto Special

By Paula Kirman     Oct 19, 2014 in World
Edmonton - A local March Against Monsanto drew dozens of activists concerned about health, and environment, food security, and related issues.
On October 18, around 100 people gathered in End of Steel Park for the March Against Monsanto Edmonton. This was not a national or global day of action as other Marches Against Monsanto have been, but rather focused on local food issues, the destruction of the bee population, the rampant use of pesticides and herbicides, and concerns surrounding the consumption of genetically modified crops (GMOs).
March Against Monsanto Edmonton  October 18  2014.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton, October 18, 2014.
Michael Kalmanovitch, owner of Earth's General Store, encouraged those in attendance to stop buying goods that are GMO, and to try to buy certified organic food instead. Kimberley Porlier, a mother of two young children, said that she is tired of having to constantly monitor the food she feeds her family for ingredients that can cause health problems. Sheryl McCumsey, with Pesticide Free Alberta, urged people to go beyond just marching and attending events, and to learn the science behind the topics being raised at the rally. Sally Issenman, an urban beekeeper who has been keeping hives throughout the city for a number of years, led a spirited chant that echoed the sentiments of the other speakers.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton  October 18  2014. Sally Issenman.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton, October 18, 2014. Sally Issenman.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton  October 18  2014. Michael Kalmanovitch.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton, October 18, 2014. Michael Kalmanovitch.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton  October 18  2014. Kimberley Porlier.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton, October 18, 2014. Kimberley Porlier.
The march departed from the park and wove through part of Whyte Avenue. Several marchers wore costumes to attract attention, such as bees and the Grim Reaper.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton  October 18  2014.
March Against Monsanto Edmonton, October 18, 2014.
Organized by Occupy Edmonton, March Against Monsanto Edmonton roughly coincided with Occupy's third anniversary. A local food banquet followed the march at a nearby church.
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