Valley Residents Join Millions Worldwide in GMO Protest

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Sat, May 25 2013 at 8:52 PM, Updated: Sat, May 25 2013 at 9:04 PM

More than 1,000 people gathered in Vogel Plaza Saturday to protest GMOs also known as genetically modified organisms.

Among the ralliers is 10 year old Alexa Schmidt.

"I'm out here to increase awareness on GMOs and to pretty much to just be here and make a difference. Everyone makes a difference."

The Medford rally was one of more than 250 cities participating in the march against Monsanto.

Monsanto is one of the leading companies when it comes to genetically modified crops.

"I'm actually coming to believe that nature and the earth have rights, needs, and gifts to share and we need to protect them as they protect us."

GMOs are a hot button issue for many.

For activists one of the biggest pushes is try to get labels on packaging, alerting the consumer if their food has been genetically modified.

"We've got to educate people to what they are eating. A lot of the information is being suppressed with the studies that have been done. People need to do their homework."

The group marched to the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market, where many of the farmers support the GMO-free efforts.

From there, it was onto Alba Park for a number of speeches and songs.

Among the speakers was Schmidt

People in the crowd say her speech was inspiring.

And she's glad to hear it, because even at 10, she knows she's the leader of tomorrow.

"If we don't do anything about it we are not going to get anywhere. So we need more people to know so kids know about it. And as they get older they're going to get rid of it."

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