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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Organic Bytes June 14, 2012

Urgent Action Needed on Farm Bill Votes

As we reported last week, the Senate draft of the Farm Bill has moved to the floor for a series of votes on amendments. Voting could begin today!

There are a number of amendments that need your attention and support. Please take action today to protect organic programs, end discrimination against organic farmers, feed hungry kids, limit subsidies for rich farms, ensure a non-GMO seed supply, legalize raw milk and industrial hemp, stop the worst factory farm abuses, conserve farmland, and get diverse young people into farming.

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California GMO Labeling Initiative Gains Ballot Status

After a year of intense organizing and fundraising, OCA and our allies have managed to put an historic mandatory labeling law on the ballot for November 6 in California. Passage of the bill, favored by 90% of California voters, will restore consumers right to know whether their food has been genetically engineered and dramatically increase sales of organic and non-GMO products.

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One Step Closer to GMO Labeling – Let’s Keep the Momentum Going!

On Monday night, the California Secretary of State's office announced that the Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods will be on the state's November ballot.

On Tuesday morning, the anti-labelers came out fighting. The Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition (CACFLP), an anti-labeling front group, issued its first press release loaded with lies intended to scare the public into thinking that all sorts of “bad things” will happen if food manufacturers are required to label GMO ingredients. Spokesperson for the CACFLP? None other than Kathy Fairbanks, who has a long history of working for huge corporations – and against consumers.

The anti-labelers have money. Lots of it.

There’s nothing more basic than the right to know what’s in our food. But this is going to be a long, hard fight until November 6. Please help keep us strong while we fight this important consumers-right issue in California, and continue our efforts on a national scale to safeguard organic standards and promote fair trade.
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in California and other states)

Force Food Companies to Reveal GMOs: Join GMO Free USA

Diana Reeves was furious when her state legislators caved into threats by Monsanto to sue the state of Connecticut if it passed a GMO labeling law. Lawmakers effectively told Connecticut's voters, who had clearly expressed overwhelming support for GMO labeling, "oh well."

Unlike her gutless state legislators who rolled over, Reeves is determined to keep the fight for transparency in GMO ingredients alive – and she’s taking her fight to the national level. She’s started a group called GMO Free USA which plans to pressure food manufacturers into revealing which of their products contain GMOs, and ultimately organize boycotts of those companies that refuse to switch to non-GMO ingredients.

And she needs your help! The group wants to have a minimum of 5000 members before it starts bombarding food companies with emails demanding the right to know about GMOs and threatening to boycotts companies that don't respond.

Read Diana’s Story and Learn More About GMO Free USA Here

Join GMO Free USA on Facebook or Yahoo! .

Films of the Week

Evict Monsanto, Preserve Hawaii
For over 20 years, Hawai'i has been the global center for the open-field testing of GMO's, including pharmaceutical crops. Over 5,000 experimental tests have been conducted that spray over 70 different chemicals.

Hawai'i has less than 3,000 acres of certified organic farmland, which is 0.27% of Hawaiian farmland. Kamehameha Schools is Hawaii's largest private landowner with 363,000 acres of land. Despite Kamehameha's public statements about sustainability and conservation, they lease substantial amounts of land for GMO open field tests and seed corn production. One of the participants in the film is Hawaiian musician and activist Makana, a longtime OCA member.

The Idiot Cycle
With the help of the public, JPS Films has decided to transfer the rights of the award-winning documentary The Idiot Cycle into the public domain. The film outlines the links between the chemical, GMO and cancer industries.

What does this mean? If the film is in the public domain, anyone, anywhere can distribute, copy, share and screen the film because it will belong to the public.

Because The Idiot Cycle was made with no commercial partnerships of any kind, no  state funding and no distributor or television broadcaster, JPS Films financed the film completely independently. This was done to avoid financial conflicts of interest from anyone with agricultural, medical or other direct interests from swaying the content of the film.

But because JPS Films bears the financial responsiblity of the film alone, they need to reimburse what they owe before the film can be transferred into the public domain (the director and producers were not and will not be paid for their work and the revenue the film has already generated has been deducted from the total owed).

If you make a $20 contribution or more, you will be emailed a private-use download of the film (emailed 1-2 days after your contribution). If you donate more, there are  perks. If 7,500 people donate $25 each, the film will make it into the public domain.

If the fundraising goal is NOT REACHED, everyone is refunded their contribution AND everyone gets to keep the perk that corresponds to their contribution (JPS Films retains the copyright). If the goal is reached, The Idiot Cycle will belong to everyone and the film will launch an important awareness campaign on the health impacts of chemicals, GMOs and the need for serious cancer prevention.

Make a Donation, Get the Film and Other Perks

Little Bytes

Top Stories of the Week

How California's GM Food Referendum May Change What America Eats
Move over Pink Slime - Meat Glue Is Now Being Served!
The People of the World Confront the Advance of Capitalism: Rio 20 and Beyond
David Bronner Pro-Hemp Protester Arrested Near White House
Time to Ditch Our Profit-Hungry Corporate Economy: Here's What the Future Could Look Like Instead

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