The Right2Know March came through Baltimore today. The "mobilization for GMO Labeling" is headed on foot, to Washington, D.C., where they will hold an Oct. 16 rally in Lafayette Park.
The group has been walking since Oct. 1 when they set out from Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Events have been scheduled at stops along the way.
In Baltimore, on Thursday, the group conducted a rally at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where speakers included David Bronner of Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps and Joseph Wilhelm of Rapunzel who walked more than 800 miles in Germany and is credited with effectively gaining GMO labeling.
Some participants are walking the entire 313 miles, but anyone interested can join the march for an hour, a day or a weekend. One of the full-time marchers is Eric Nies, of MTV Real Word Season One fame.
"I have an intimate personal relationship with seeds," says Nies, who describes himself as a raw Buddhist." "I eat fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts."
"When I got the email about the march, I thought this is something that I need to be part of because it speak directly to me as a human being," Nies said, who is living the spiritual life full-time these days. Walking along with Nies is Sugar Ray, the rescue dog that Nies shares responsibility for. Sugar Ray had his 75 minutes of dog fame when Nies rescued him frozen waters, naked.
"Imagine if we weren’t standing up to GMOs," Nies said. "Getting the food labeled would be a huge accomplishment."