As Idaho activists prepare for Saturday's so-called "March Against Monsanto" - joining protests in 48 U.S. states and 40 nations against the biotech giant - Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined 69 other U.S. Senators May 23 to reject a measure that would allow states to decide if genetically modified food products should be labeled.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires more than 3,000 ingredients to be labeled on food products but GMOs are not on the required list, according the measure's sponsor Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. His legislation would have amended the U.S. Farm Bill, but opponents argued that the GMO debate shouldn't be attached to the spending plan.
Meanwhile, protestors are scheduled to gather in Boise's Julia Davis Park Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m., prior to a noon march to the steps of the Idaho Statehouse.
"I feel Monsanto threatens [my daughters'] health, fertility and longevity," said Tami Canal, lead organizer of the March on Monsanto. "I couldn't sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something."
The march initially began as a grassroots event on websites such as Canal's Facebook page, but quickly gained momentum to spark Saturday's rallies which are scheduled for New York, Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Moscow and Melbourne.