Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The anti-GMO group was in St. Louis for a conference.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Doug Miner
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
About 30 protesters got off a school bus in front of Whole Foods on Monday, and staged what one called an unconventional protest against GMO foods. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. The group said Whole Foods doesn't adequately label GMO foods. Jed Fisher, from Branson, said they came to raise awareness, not cause trouble. The group, GMO-Free Midwest, held a conference in St. Louis, and the protest was on the schedule. Brentwood Police officers told the group no signs could be carried on the property, so some went to the sidewalk along Brentwood Boulevard. Some crowded onto the walk in front of the store as they spoke with shoppers about GMO food as they left the store, and Brentwood Police officers watched nearby. Later, the …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Protesters demonstrated against GMOs at Whole Foods on Saturday. Did police have the right to evict them from the parking lot with their signs?
Two questions came up around the Patch article, Busy Parking Lot Stymies Protest at Brentwood Square, which ran on Sunday. Maj. Dan Fitzgerald, Assistant Chief of Police answered the first question. “The owner of the property does not want sign carrying demonstrations on their property. The same applies to signs on vehicles, as was the case Saturday,” he said. “Our job is to explain the wishes of the property owner, and to inform the group that they may demonstrate on the public sidewalk, which they did for a while. This is the second time we have dealt with this group, and both times they were very cooperative.” To address the second question, Sandy Griffin, with the protesting group, explained their objection to Whole Foods. “Whole …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
A group planned a protest in front of Whole Foods on Saturday, but first had to find parking.
Some protesters showed up at Whole Foods on Saturday, planning to make a statment, but first they had to find parking which wasn't easy. "We checked it out a couple weeks ago and it looked like it would be OK," Sandy Griffin, one of the protesters said. On Saturday, it was packed. The group of about half a dozen arrived in cars and small pickup trucks with handmade signs, stating that Whole Foods sells GMO food. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Some found parking, but others circled the lot, and soon a Brentwood Police Department patrol car caught up to them. The officer told them signs had to be off the cars, and they could carry them on the sidewalk if they wanted. After a brief conversation the protesters removed the signs.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The group, 'Safe Food Action St. Louis,' tells its members they could use more cars and trucks for the event.
A group called Safe Food Action St. Louis is planning an 'action' at the Brentwood Whole Foods on Saturday, August 18. The group is protesting GMOs (Genetically Modified Food) that is not labeled as such. On the group's Facebook page, it states: This Saturday, August 18th is our action at Whole Food Market, Brentwood location. We want GMOs to be labeled and we want Whole Foods to be responsive to consumer's strong interest in labeling of foods that contain GMOs. They say the event will take place at 1 p.m. and they'll be meeting at 12:30 p.m. "for 'staging' and could use more cars and trucks."