Philadelphians March Through Center City to Protest Monsanto, GMOs

By Joshua Albert

A family gears up for the march. Photo by Joshua Albert

A family gears up for the march. Photo by Joshua Albert

On Saturday, around 1000 people peacefully marched circuitously through Center City, starting at 3 pm in Rittenhouse Square and ending roughly an hour later at LOVE park.

Protesters marching through the streets of Center City. Photo by Joshua Albert

Protesters marching through the streets of Center City. Photo by Joshua Albert

Protesters in Philadelphia joined people in cities around the world in the second annual March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Local supporters of a global protest movement against the giant bioengineering conglomerate responsible for such choice contributions as Agent Orange celebrated the 1 year anniversary of a worldwide protest action which drew millions. Police were on the scene throughout the event and interactions remained civil. The Philly March Against Monsanto issued a statement emphasizing their action’s non-violent nature, and indeed many families and young children were in attendance.

Photo by Joshua Albert

Photo by Joshua Albert

From the website: 

We are committed to artistically creative and absolutely pacifist forms of expressing our relentless, firm, and unwavering opposition to the monopolistic, dangerous, and criminal business practices of Monsanto. No violence, vandalism, or any form of anti-social or un-civil behavior is sanctioned or will be permitted. We want people to attend the march with their families and enjoy a day in in the city of brotherly love while expressing our right to free speech and freedom to assemble without harassment by any individual or entity.

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An activist removes his mask to cool off. Photo by Joshua Albert

The rally at LOVE park Photo by Joshua Albert

The rally at LOVE park. Photo by Joshua Albert

Photo by Joshua Albert

A child protesting GMOs playing in the grass in LOVE park. Photo by Joshua Albert

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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