One of the biotech
industry’s favorite arguments against GMO labeling is that it will be
costly for small retailers and consumers. As if Monsanto actually cares
about your economic well-being?
Playing to consumers’
fears of higher food costs makes good strategic sense, especially in
tough economic times. But the argument doesn’t hold water. Trader Joe’s,
a multi-billion dollar retailer of organic and natural foods, second in
size only to Whole Foods Market, verifies that its private-label
products are GMO-free. How? By using a system that involves
chain-of-custody, legally binding affidavits. It’s the same system other
manufacturers and retailers use for rBGH-free, trans fat-free, fair
trade and country-of-origin. It works. And it doesn’t cost consumers a
dime. Read the Essay
A River Of Waste: The Hazardous, Heartbreaking Truth About Factory Farms
There’s a good chance
you’ve never personally seen a factory farm, or as the industry calls
them, Confined Animal Feeding operations (CAFOs). With good reason. The
poultry, pork, beef and dairy industries know you’d be so appalled,
you’d never buy another chicken wing or gallon of milk produced using
their reckless, poisonous and senselessly inhumane methods. A River of Waste
uncovers the ugly truth about factory farms in the U.S. Their flagrant
disregard for human health and safety. Their reckless destruction of the
environment. Their unconscionable treatment of animals.
The documentary also
tells the heartbreaking story of how poultry farms in Prairie Grove,
Ark., caused the deaths of at least four children in this small town of
2,500 people. By spreading chicken waste, containing arsenic, on the
town’s lands. Not one of those farms, or the companies that own them,
have yet been held accountable for those deaths.
Institute calls factory farms “mini Chernobyls” because of the endless
amounts of pollution they spew into the air, groundwater and soil. The
American Public Health Association has called for a moratorium on new
factory farm facilities. But the only way we’ll end factory farming? When consumers stop buying their products. Learn more and watch the entire documentary TAKE THE PLEDGE: I’m Boycotting All Products from Factory Farms!
ORGANIC RETAILER AND CONSUMER ALLIANCE
Have you Nominated Your Favorite Grocer Yet?
“When the list
came out of organic companies with parent companies that funded
opposition to GMO labeling in California this wonderful store
immediately took items made by those companies off their shelves.”
– Helen Jankoski, in her nomination of Natural Food Co-op in Wakefield, R.I.
You told us you were
happy to boycott the stores that helped defeat Proposition 37, the
California Right to Know GMO labeling bill. But you wanted to know more
about the stores that supported your right to know. So, the search is on
for the Top Ten ‘Right-to-Know’ Grocers. Have you nominated your favorite yet? There’s still time. Deadline for nominations is midnight, May 1.
From Rhode Island to
Oregon and everywhere in between, nominations have been rolling in.
Along with the nominations, we’ve received some great comments from
organic consumers about why they love their co-op, natural food store,
farmers market or their local branch of a national chain. We’ve compiled
the list of nominations so far, along with some of the comments you’ve
sent in. You can read the comments, and more details about the contest,
below. Enter Your Grocer in the Top Ten ‘Right to Know’ Contest
SUPPORT THE OCA & OCF
You Are Our Cape
He’s one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath
Always trust your cape.
- Guy Clark
We put a lot of
thought and planning into the work we do at OCA. Yet in the end,
sometimes it just comes down to a leap of faith.
Can millions of
consumers overcome the wealth and ruthless power of corporations like
Monsanto? Can we convince the politicians who have influence over food
and agriculture policy to ignore the lobbyists and vote instead for
consumers’ best interests?
Will we be able to mobilize enough volunteers? Garner enough votes? Raise enough money?
We believe we will.
With your help. Year after year, month after month, week after week, you
always come through. You trust us to do this important work, to take
this leap of faith, on your behalf. And we trust you to keep us going.
Please consider making a gift to the OCA this week. Thank you!
Want to walk in the Sacred Valley of the Incas? Explore Cusco and the majestic Machu Picchu?
This World Fair Trade
Day, May 11, OCA’s Fair World Project has joined with Alaffia, Alter
Eco, Divine Chocolate, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Equal Exchange, Farmer
Direct Co-op and Maggie’s Organics, in partnership with Intrepid
Travel, to offer you a chance to win a nine-day adventure for two to
Peru this October.
By purchasing fair
trade products you can help farmers and workers make a decent living
wage. And send their children to schools, not factories. Support World
Fair Trade Day! Enter the World Fair Trade Day Sweepstakes If you are a U.S. natural products retailer and would like to sign up for our World Fair Trade Day promotion, click here to learn more.