TAMPA— About 100 people marched through downtown and along Bayshore Boulevard today, protesting agricultural practices including genetically modified food crops and heavy use of pesticides thought to kill honeybees.
Among their chants was, “Just say no to Monsanto,” the agribusiness giant known for pesticides and GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.
Recent University of South Florida graduate Nathan Schwartz, who described himself as a community organizer and one of the organizers of the march, said the group wasn’t affiliated with any one organization. It consisted largely of followers of the national March Against Monsanto movement and a locally originated “Bee Against Monsanto” Facebook page.
He said the protest was aimed at “agribusiness in general — everything from patenting life to heavy pesticide loads to lack of research on GMO’s.”