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Friday, April 6, 2012

Organic Bytes April 5, 2012

Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont

"Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont's Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes. The popular legislative bill requiring mandatory labels on genetically engineered food (H-722) is languishing in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee, with only four weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year. Despite thousands of emails and calls from constituents who overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling, despite the fact that a majority (6 to 5) of Agriculture Committee members support passage of the measure, Vermont legislators are holding up the labeling bill and refusing to take a vote."
- "Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont over GMO Labeling Bill," by Will Allen and Ronnie Cummins April 4, 2012
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OCA and Allies Join National Occupation of Washington, D.C.

The Organic Consumers Association is participating in National Occupation of Washington, DC, (NOW-DC) events that kicked off Friday, March 30 with Occupy EPA. Please watch the videos of speeches at the demonstration by OCA Political Director Alexis Baden-Mayer and Dr. Helen Caldicott, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Dr. Caldicott warns about the clear and present dangers of nuclear power (including fallout from the Fukushima disaster) and nuclear weapons (most notably the threat that Israel will attack Iran).
On Monday, Alexis spoke at the Center for Study of Responsive Law's "Control the Corporation" conference. Please read her speech and watch the 2010 Bioneers speech by Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), that inspired it.
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On Friday, April 13, 2012, from 2-4pm, Alexis will be giving a presentation on OCA's upcoming BioDemocracy project at the NOW-DC Social Forum.
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Stop Monsanto's Biotech Bullying

OCA and our lobbying ally, the Organic Consumers Fund, put our money where our mouth is. With the 2012 California Ballot Initiative, and GMO labeling legislation gaining momentum in Vermont, Connecticut, Hawaii and other states, we have a real chance to hit Monsanto, corporate agribusiness, and the supermarket chains with the skull and crossbones they fear so much: mandatory labels on genetically engineered food. At the same time we are continuing our struggle to strengthen organic standards and significantly expand the market for organic food and products, especially those produced locally and regionally; while warning consumers about the dangers of junk food and chemical agriculture.
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible)
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in California and other states)

Turn Here Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley

This book is a master class in organic farming, a lesson in entrepreneurship, a love story, and a legal thriller. In telling her story of working the land, Atina Diffley, a leader in the organic farming movement in Minnesota, reminds us that we live in relationships - with the earth, plants and animals, families and communities. A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges from weather to corporate politics, this is a firsthand history of getting in at the "ground level" of organic farming.
"Turn Here Sweet Corn is an unexpected page-turner. Atina Diffley's compelling account of her life as a Minnesota organic farmer is deeply moving not only from a personal standpoint but also from the political. Diffley reveals the evident difficulties of small-scale organic farming but is inspirational about its value to people and the planet."
- Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat
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Little Bytes: Top Stories of the Week

McKibben: Can We Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry and Indentured Politicians from Destroying Human Civilization?
The Bicycling Community Is Becoming a Political Force to Be Reckoned With
How the Big Energy Companies Plan to Turn the United States into a Third-World Petro-State
Why FDA Declines to Ban BPA
Why Are People Dying to Bring You Dinner? The Shocking Facts About Our Food System

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