TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As Monsanto gets ready to build a 7-acre greenhouse facility in Pima County, many are trying to keep the company out.
GMO Free Arizona is held a rally Tuesday, Feb. 21 to show their opposition to Monsanto.
The rally at the Pima County Administration Building was to be followed by a press conference.
The group said its first goal was to get prevent Monsanto from getting a tax break.
They said since they achieved that, they are hoping to keep Monsanto out.
Last week, Pima County received a letter from the company stating it was withdrawing from the foreign trade zone tax deal.
Now, half a million in tax breaks are not going to Monsanto's planned greenhouse in Marana.
However, the final vote against these tax breaks will happen Tuesday at 9 a.m. during the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting.
"It is unconscionable that Monsanto would be allowed in. If the mission of the county board of supervisors is to keep the community safe, letting Monsanto in is an exact fail," said Rachel Linden with GMO Free Arizona.
While GMO Free Arizona members are happy Monsanto won't get tax breaks, they have concerns about GMO food and its effect on the community.
They say Monsanto does not have a good track record in other communities and do not want to see the same thing happen in Tucson.
"Our fight has just begun. Our opposition is going to continue, stronger than ever because Monsanto represents a threat to the local food culture that we hold dear in the community," said Melissa Diane Smith, who opposes Monsanto.
Monsanto sent Tucson News Now the following statement in regards to the rally happening Tuesday.