LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Hundreds of people lifted their signs, and protested genetically modified foods. The March against Monsanto took place in Fort Myers on Saturday.
Southwest Floridians joined thousands challenging Monsanto, a multi-national agricultural bio-technology corporation.
Protesters say genetically engineered seeds, and foods you find in the supermarket, are dangerous "About 80 percent of everything you buy there is genetically modified to either be herbicide resistant or contains insecticide," said event organizer Alexandra Brummitt.
Protesters did not have a permit, so they stayed on the sidewalks, and marched around the Edison Mall.
The Fort Myers Police Department was on hand to block traffic for a time, and to monitor the situation.
Monsanto Co., based in St. Louis, said that it respects people's rights to express their opinion on the topic, but maintains that its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy.
The Food and Drug Administration does not require genetically modified foods to carry a label, but organic food companies and some consumer groups have intensified their push for labels, arguing that the modified seeds are floating from field to field and contaminating traditional crops. The groups have been bolstered by a growing network of consumers who are wary of processed and modified foods.
The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.