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Dozens in GR join worldwide Monsanto protest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The third annual March against Monsanto protest is taking place in cities around the world Saturday.

That includes Grand Rapids where about 50 people marched at Rosa Parks Circle. The activists say they are highlighting the monopoly the GMO giant has in controlling the food supply.

Monsanto's herbicide Round-Up was the main target of protesters.

"We don't want this in our food, we don't want cancerous products on the market 80% of food in the food industry is GMO now and that's in large part due to Monsanto," says Tony Geren an organizer.

Round up's main ingredient was recently classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the World Health Organization.

Outdoor Farmers Market opens for summer season

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Outdoor Farmers Market at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market is now open for the 2015 season. This is the markets third year and it will be open every Saturday through the end of September from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Today there were around 35 farmers and fresh food vendors selling their products, including flowers, fresh produce, baked goods, meat and dairy products.

Every Saturday the The Outdoor Farmers Market will have cooking demonstrations at 11 a.m., and kids activities until Noon.

Nana's Run supports fight against ALS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- For a second year, a 5k run/walk in downtown Grand Rapids will honor the memory of Char VanderLaan, known to her grandkids as Nana, while also helping the fight against ALS.

Signup is underway for the event, which happens Saturday, May 30.

ALS Association Michigan Chapter CEO Paula Morning and Marie DeWildt, a registered nurse with Mercy Health's ALS clinic, joined the WZZM 13 News at 5 Friday to talk about the event.

This Mexican Rice is very good

This Mexican Rice is very good

I found this recipe on the Food Network/Pioneer Woman a couple weeks ago, it sounded good and so I made it. I really thought it was very tasty. I did not have cayenne pepper but used red pepper flakes instead and it still turned out just great. I did find I used a little more chicken broth than the recipe called for. I will certainly make it again.

MEXICAN RICE       Serves 12 


GRPS celebrates senior day at Houseman Field

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The weather was a little chilly for the Grand Rapids Public Schools district's senior day Thursday.

All high school seniors got a break from classes and spent the day at Houseman Field.

It's a field day in which students can play games, and play on inflatables.

Graduation for Grand Rapids students is scheduled for June 6.

GR installing fences atop some parking ramps

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The City of Grand Rapids is in the process of installing security fences on top of its five tallest parking ramps.

One is already installed at the Ottawa-Fulton ramp.

The city will install fences at four other ramps, once they get approval.

Those other ramps should be installed by the end of the construction season.

In recent years a number of people have fallen or jumped to their deaths from parking ramps in Grand Rapids.

Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Residents of Downtown Grand Rapids and the Creston neighborhood have a new, upgraded market located in the heart of their community with the re-opening of the new Creston Market. Located at 1403 Plainfield Ave NE, the market reopened this month after undergoing extensive remodeling to provide updated amenities, expand product selection and incorporate a variety of specialty items.