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Locals March Against's GMO's

The world-wide event protesting genetically modified organisms made it's way to downtown Abilene, as locals walked together to show that they, too, want to know what's in their food.
They marched and they rallied to get Abilene educated about the foods that they're eating.

"Just begin to show Abilene that we really care about these things," said Abilene's March on Monsanta organizer Marshall Thompson. "And just this group of people can make a huge difference."

The world-wide event protesting genetically modified organisms made it's way to downtown Abilene, as locals walked together to show that they, too, want to know what's in their food.

"It's rallying together and getting motivated. Because I think a lot of times with an issue like this, because so few people know about it, especially here in Abilene, people feel like they're alone. That there's just a couple of us," said Thompson. "But as you can see today, it is a lot more than a few people."

And those people are asking for labels to mark foods with GMO's and for more required safety testing on products that include those modified organisms.

"I think it's a human right to know what you're eating," said Jennifer Hamel

That's why Hamel decided to join in on the march. Saying that before a friend told her about the event, she didn't think twice about her eating habits.

"And after doing some of my own research, recognizing that even when you're eating an apple and you think you're eating healthy, in all reality, even fruit and natural things are contaminated," she explained.

That's the same reason why Ashley Barnes decided to help organize the event.

"I was not educated," she told the group. "I had no idea, a year and a half ago,  what was in our food"

Telling the crowd of marchers that going off GMO's made a huge difference for her family.

"And we still don't know what it does, but I can tell you some of what it does," she said. "I have a child who stayed sick, constantly, all the time. Every month had to go to the doctor, antibiotic after antibiotic. We switched to a completely organic lifestyle, no GMO's, and the child has not been sick in 18 months."

And now, she and other locals are hoping to spread the word. And to make others in the Abilene community more aware of what they're eating.
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