LAS VEGAS (AP) — Protesters rallied in Nevada as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces.
"March Against Monsanto" protests Saturday drew some 2,000 protesters in Las Vegas and about 150 in Reno.
Las Vegas protesters marched about one mile down Las Vegas Boulevard to the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, while Reno protesters chanted and waved placards as they marched through downtown Reno.
Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, and to improve crop yields.
Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the U.S. today have been genetically modified. But critics say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.
Monsanto Co. says it respects people's rights to express their opinion on the topic, but maintains that its seeds improve agriculture.