Rally against GE crops
Hundreds of people marched down Riccarton Rd and obstructed traffic to protest against genetically modified crops yesterday.
The protests in Christchurch are part of nationwide marches against American genetic engineering agricultural giant Monsanto.
‘‘Fewer and fewer companies control more and more of our food chain and their interests are in making money, not feeding people good food,’’ said Green Party genetic engineering spokesman Steffan Browning, who led the march from the intersection of Riccarton Rd and Deans Ave to Shand Cres.
‘‘Monsanto is one of the most dominant companies in the food supply. They are focused on pushing genetic engineering and have a terrible reputation for suing farmers and influencing countries’ laws.
‘‘We need a food system that works in the interests of people, not corporations. The huge support for this global action shows that the people want a better way.’’
A policeman struggled to keep the protesters on the footpath, while several motorists tooted their support.
‘‘I don’t like that they are messing with nature,’’ said protester Lisa Tulk, who came into the city from Little River for the protest.
She was also concerned about the possible carcinogenic properties of genetically modified crops that were pesticide resistant.
Protesters shouted ‘‘Monsanto, out you go’’ and ‘‘We don’t want no GMO’’ as they marched.