Hundreds Take to the Capitol to Protest Monsanto

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Hundreds of protesters marched around California's capitol Sunday morning, fighting against what they say is "poison."

"Babies are being exposed to that," protester Cassandra Lepe said, while carrying her 3-month-old daughter.

She was referring to genetically modified foods, or GMOs. The target of the protest was Monsanto, one of the world's largest biotech seed facilities.

Marchers said the company is hiding some research that had linked GMOs to food allergies, diseases, reproductive disorders and even cancer.

This was the second protest in the Sacramento area in the last few days. Last Thursday, protesters blocked entrances to the Monsanto plant in Woodland. Marchers claimed they cost the company $6 million after shutting down their facility six times.

Marchers said their protest against GMOs goes hand-in-hand with their protest against the DARK Act, which, if passed, would keep Americans from knowing what goes inside their foods, opponents said.

The DARK Act stands for "Deny Americans the Right-to-Know" Act. This is a nickname protesters gave the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling" Act, which would not require food developers to label GMOs.

Many said they felt large corporations, like Monsanto, are using their corporate power to push their agenda, thus leaving consumers in the dark.

"Politicians are similar to strippers," Steven Payan, organizer of the Anti-Monsanto Project said. "You throw money at them, and they dance. They sing the song that you want. Monsanto is a huge example of why people think the government is corrupt."

"Monsanto is a huge organization, and if you're taking on Monsanto, you are taking on the big guys," demonstrator Bob McFarland said. "That's why we are starting to think about another ballot initiative. Take it to the people, let them vote, and let them make the decision."

Monsanto sent FOX40 a statement, saying there is a lot of misinformation about their company online. They also said:

"The 22,000 people of Monsanto are committed to having an open dialogue about food and agriculture- We're proud of the work we do, and we're eager for people to know more about us."