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"March Against Monsanto" Rallies at ND Capitol

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Protestors rally nationwide against food giant Monsanto.  They say the company's genetically-modified foods -- or GMOs -- can lead to serious health issues.

Earlier this year, a 2013 appropriations bill -- U.S. HR 933 -- was signed into law by President Obama.  It included a Farmer Assurance Provision, said to provide certainty to growers regarding their planting decisions.  

But opponents refer to it as the "Monsanto Protection Act."  They say it allows GMO companies to continue growing food a court has deemed potentially hazardous.  "March Against Monsanto" seeks labeling for genetically-modified foods, as well as a repeal of the provision.

"Our goal is to raise awareness, to get labeling put on GMO foods, so that we feel safe in the food that we feed ourselves and our children.  There has not been nearly enough research done on the technology," says Jessica Horst, "March Against Monsanto" Participant of Bismarck.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is pushing to introduce an amendment to an upcoming farm bill to roll back protections for GMO growers.  Some agricultural associations support the current law, saying the protection provision only applies to products already completing regulatory review. 

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