North Okanagan youth and local farmers gathered in front of MP Colin Mayes' office Tuesday to protest GMOs.

North Okanagan youth and local farmers gathered in front of MP Colin Mayes' office Tuesday to protest GMOs.

Youth rally against GMOs

National Day of Action against genetically modified alfalfa takes place in Vernon

Some North Okanagan youth are taking a stand alongside local farmers and others against GMOs.

More than 50 people rallied outside MP Colin Mayes’ office Tuesday to protest genetically modified organisms, specifically the threat of GM alfalfa.

“GM alfalfa could be released on the market any day but farmers and young consumers like me don’t need it and we don’t believe in it,” said Kelsi Evans, 21, who organized the rally.

Evans was joined by some concerned local farmers as well as a number of worried youth, who presented a collection of signatures petitioning GM alfalfa to Mayes’ office. Then armed with signs, the crowd took their protest to the streets of downtown Vernon.

Vernon’s rally was one of 38 actions across Canada against GM alfalfa.

See Friday’s issue of The Morning Star for more details.

Check back at www.vernonmorningstar.com for a video of the protest.