The genetically modified seed processing plant, Monsanto is facing scrutiny once again.
According to the American Medical Association and the FDA, genetically modified foods or GMOs do not have to be labeled on food packages.
Monsanto opposes having mandatory food labeling on GMO products in fear the labeling might scare consumers away.
More than 300 protestors marched from Greys Lake to downtown Des Moines Saturday afternoon in an attempt to bring awareness to the issue.
These campaigners say genetically modified organisms are found in 70 percent of the foods we eat, but most of the time we don’t even realize we are eating them.
“We should have the choice to know, we should be able to know if what we’re buying on the shelves has a GMO or not and then make that decision ourselves,” says protester, Janet Regier.
Labeling GMOs is not a requirement but protestors want the labels, “The first step is education, then action, so we’re demanding legislation to label genetically engineered foods,” explained Matt O’Hloff.
Parents were among the protestors. They say they’re trying to find ways to provide healthier food for their kids but that it’s tricky.
“What are we going to feed him? There’s nothing left, because everything contains at least of one those ingredients if not another,” says Julie Jefferies.
Protesters say alternatives are often more expensive.
In response to the demonstrations seen nationwide, Monsanto had a pre-written statement:
“We understand the importance of Monsanto’s reputation, and although we aren’t above criticism, there’s a lot of incorrect and negative information about us – much based on the fact many simply don’t know or understand what we do. Or what we stand for as a company and how we view our impact on the world.”
Adding that they have, “policies that promote safe, healthy and reliable food sources for our growing planet.”