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Anti-Monsanto march cancelled in Vancouver due to small crowd

Sparse crowd at Sunset Beach (Kyle Balzer, NEWS 1130)
Summary

Some blame new organizer for poor anti-Monsanto march in Vancouver.

Thousands turn up to protest genetically-modified foods in cities around world, but not so in Vancouver.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It was meant to protest the world’s largest producer of genetically engineered seed.

But organizers of Vancouver’s 4th annual March Against Monsanto cancelled their demonstration Saturday, lacking the big crowd they were hoping would show up.

Less than one hundred people came out to the Sunset Beach start of what was supposed to be a march through the neighbourhood. Three years ago, the movement attracted hundreds.

Protesters who did turn up, like Simon from Prince George, wondered what went wrong.

“There was a new organizer this year that may not have organized the same things before. I think mostly as a result, it really comes down to organizing of publicity.”

Langley farmer Cathy Finley who came to sell of her produce believes advertising about the protest could have been better targeted.

“Maybe we should start it at the farmer’s market next year and have that as a venue scene since people who’re interested in organic foods are there anyway. There’s lots of options to consider, but I think it can definitely pick up its momentum again.”

She adds the new location at Sunset Beach instead of the Art Gallery may have also been a factor.

The world-wide day of protest managed to attract thousands in cities such as Paris, London and Tokyo.