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Public invited to protest against GMOs (Updated)

By Bejay Browne

Two events protesting against the dangers of genetically modified organisms – GMOs- will take place on Saturday, one in Paphos and one in Nicosia.

According to an announcement from March Against Monsanto (MAM) Cyprus, the events are aimed towards spreading awareness and enlightening the public about the dangers of consuming GMO’s or chemicals such as glyphosate.

It said that such practices are a danger to humans, animals and the environment.

The events offer an opportunity to: ‘Let our voices be heard as one across the world against corporate evil.’

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are used to produce many medications and genetically modified foods and are widely used in scientific research and the production of other goods.

Some argue they are essential to solving world hunger, while others are convinced they are harmful and killing us.

March Against Monsanto (MAM) Cyprus is just one part of the worldwide campaign.

Supporters will gather at Kennedy Square in Paphos on Saturday at 6pm, with informative flyers and to chat with people about GMOs. A similar event will be held in Nicosia at Phaneromeni Square at the same time.

MAM Cyprus is a grassroots group who have been active in Cyprus since 2013.

“Our ultimate goal is come together in solidarity to fight against multinational companies such as Monsanto Bayer and others until their doors are closed forever. “

Monsanto is a multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation that developed Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide in the 1970s and is now a major producer of genetically engineered crops.

When sprayed with glyphosate, (aka round-up) GMO crops live and all other weeds are supposed to die. Glyphosate is marketed as a safe and low-residue herbicide.

It is the most-used herbicide in the world and was re-licensed by the EU last year. However, the licence only runs for five years instead of the usual 15 due to a scientific row which started in 2015 over whether it causes cancer.

Since then, several EU countries, regions and municipalities have moved to ban the substance, and MEPs have called for it to be phased out by 2022.

In a statement issued later, Monsanto said: “The more than 20,000 people of Monsanto are committed to having an open dialogue about modern agriculture and how food is grown as we focus on using digital tools, data and research to find solutions that balance the need to feed people and protect the planet – we’re proud of the work we do, and we’re eager for people to know more about us. Through innovation and collaboration with farmers and partnering organisations, we develop new tools that help the world’s farmers grow food using less of the earth’s natural resources. We know people have different points of view on these topics, and it’s important that they’re able to express and share them.”

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