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Millions march against Monsanto

Published On: May 25 2013 06:00:01 PM CDT
Updated On: May 27 2013 05:57:08 AM CDT
Monsanto GMO protestors march

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Two million people marched in the U.S. and worldwide Saturday in protest of seed grower Monsanto, according to an Associated Press report.

According to the AP, protestors are trying to call attention to dangers posed by genetically modified food. Organizers said the protests were held in 436 cities and 52 countries, according to the AP report.

The AP report said 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 global food supply.

The AP reports that most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the U.S. today are genetically modified.

Monsanto Co. is based in St. Louis. According to the AP report, the company said it respects the protestors' rights and said its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more crops while conserving resources.

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