OCA and Our Allies Pressure
10 Senators Who Voted Against States' Rights to Label GMOs
Seventy-one senators voted against
the Sanders Amendment to the Farm Bill, an amendment to uphold states’
rights to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food. It’s
time to take action.
Phase I: We’ve
selected 10 of the 71 senators. With help from several of our ongoing
allies in the GMO labeling battle, along with MoveOn.org, and some of
the state GMO campaigns, we’re launching a campaign to pressure these 10
senators to support their state’s right to enact a GMO labeling law.
How? By organizing meetings at their Washington D.C. and home district
offices. By submitting op-eds to their state newspapers.
If your Senator is on
the list, we need your help. We’ll be sending you an invitation soon to
a meeting with your Senator. Please sign up to attend! In the meantime,
you can start calling and emailing your Senator, posting on his or her
facebook page, and writing letters to the editors of your local
Let’s find out why
these Senators voted against states’ rights to label GMOs. More
important, let’s get a commitment from each one of them that they will
not support any legislation that would stomp out states’ rights to label
GMOs. Read the essay
Join the Twitter Rally Tonight! Tell Congress to Uphold States’ Rights to Label GMOs!
Monsanto hoped that by
pouring $46 million into defeating California’s ballot initiative to
label GMOs last year, other states would be discouraged from launching
similar campaigns. It didn’t turn out that way. GMO labeling laws have
advanced in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine. Washington State voters will
decide the issue in November, at the ballot box.
Rather than try to
defeat one state campaign after another, is the Biotech Bully looking to
Congress for another handout? In the form of a sweeping ruling that
would preempt states’ rights to label GMOs? On Wednesday, May 15, the
House Ag Committee passed the King Amendment,
a measure that some say, if it survives to the final version of the
farm bill, could take away states’ rights to label GMOs. The jury’s
still out on whether or not the King Amendment could be interpreted that
broadly. But when it comes to Monsanto and its willingness to bend the
law for its own purposes, the verdict is guilty. OCA is hosting a Twitter Rally tonight to let Congress know that we expect them to uphold states’ rights to label GMOs!
Join us on twitter tonight, June 6 at 5 p.m. PST. It’s easy. Just login
to your twitter account and type #LabelGMOs into your twitter search
browser. From there you can follow the rally conversation and join in by
adding #LabelGMOs to the end of your tweet. If you’ve signed our petition, thank you! Could you forward it to five friends today?
Never Say Never: Monsanto’s GMO Wheat Goes Rogue
TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA: No More Field Trials of Unapproved GMO Crops!
For years, Monsanto has
said “Don’t worry” about their open-air field tests of unapproved
genetically engineered (GE) crops. PR flacks and Monsanto-funded
scientists all but guaranteed us that the biotech giant’s frankenseeds
wouldn’t escape. But they did escape. And now the company’s
Roundup-resistant wheat – never approved for planting in the U.S. or
anywhere else in the world – has turned up on an Oregon farm. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s predictable response? “Don’t worry.” The (illegal, untested) GE wheat is “safe to eat.”
You gotta ask: If GMO
wheat is supposedly safe to eat, what are the so-called "safe" residue
levels of Monsanto's toxic pesticide, Roundup, that the EPA will allow
on this wheat, if it were to be approved to market? And why is it banned
in every single country in the world?
Hoping to downplay the
discovery that its GE wheat is growing in places it shouldn’t, Monsanto
initially told reporters that the company had ended field tests of the
unapproved crop in 2005. Not so, said Bloomberg, which reported
that Monsanto continues to conduct open-air field tests of GM wheat in
North Dakota and Hawaii. That’s on top of the hundreds of tests
conducted before 2005, in 16 states, including Oregon. And the hundreds
of tests still being conducted on other crops, in other states.
The discovery of
Roundup-resistant wheat in Oregon is troubling. But what’s a whole lot
more troubling is that it may just be the tip of the iceberg. That’s why we’re calling on consumers to tell the USDA: No more open-air field testing of unapproved GMO crops! Read the press release TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA: No More Field Trials of Unapproved GMO Crops!
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Too Many Cooks? Not in This Kitchen!
beauty of being part of an organization like the Organic Consumers
Association is that the more of us there are, the more we can
We are up against
powerful corporations like Monsanto, with nefarious motives and deep
pockets. We’re staring down enormous and complex threats like climate
change, threats that are almost too big to wrap our heads around.
It’s a big, bubbling,
boiling stew out there. And we need all the cooks we can get, with all
of their creative energy and resources, to make it not only palatable,
but to turn it into something that nourishes our minds, bodies and
More than 80 percent
of our funding comes from individuals like you, who understand that if
everyone contributes a little, we all can benefit a lot. Thanks to all
you cooks out there, we are having a real impact on issues like GMO
labeling and preserving organic standards. Please help us keep the pot
boiling with a donation today. Thank you!
Frankenfish Can Breed with Wild Trout to Produce Super-Frankenfish
It lends a whole new
dimension to the concept of “Supersize Me.” Scientists have determined
that AquaBounty Inc.’s “frankenfish,” which is awaiting approval by the
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), are capable of breeding with
wild trout. And when they do, they produce a fish that grows even faster
and bigger than the GE version, according to the study. The supersized
hybrid could potentially wipe out wild fish varieties because the
smaller, wild fish will have trouble competing for food. AquaBounty
says that won’t happen, because all their GE salmon will be sterile, and
neatly contained in escape-proof farms. History suggests otherwise. Learn more Read the study
Industrial Hemp: Time to 'Bring It Home'
the 1940s, hemp farmers were considered “patriotic” supporters of the
war effort. But in 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act,
making it illegal to grow industrial hemp. For consumers, the law
means we can buy hemp seeds at our health food stores, or hemp building
materials from building suppliers, as long as the hemp for those
products is grown in other countries. For U.S. farmers, it means a
possible jail sentence for growing a versatile, sustainable crop on U.S.
If you think that
makes no sense at all, you’re not alone. State and national farm
organizations want everyone to know that it’s time to stop penalizing
U.S. farmers and start promoting the benefits of industrial hemp.
They’re joining with hemp manufacturers, activists, volunteers and
retailers this week, June 3-9 – Hemp History Week – in a public
education campaign. Hemp History Week was initiated by the Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp.
Looking for more information on the history of hemp in the U.S., and its potential role in our future? Bringing it Home
is a documentary that highlights the many benefits of industrial hemp
and asks, "Why aren't we growing it here?" That’s a question some U.S.
lawmakers are asking, too. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced an amendment
to this year’s farm bill that would allow farmers to grow industrial
hemp. The amendment has yet to come up for a vote. You can call (202)
224-3121 and ask your Senator to vote for the Wyden Amendment #952 to
allow U.S. farmers to grow industrial hemp. Watch the trailer for Bringing it Home Find or organize a screening More about Hemp History Week
Discover the Fastest, Funnest, and Easiest Ways to
Grow Your Own Groceries
I am Marjory Wildcraft. About a decade ago I volunteered to help get
fresh, local, organic produce into the kids school system. That
project failed miserably, and changed my life forever. Why? Because
there wasn't enough locally grown food in the entire county for even one
small elementary school. I am willing to bet there isn't much food
growing in your county either.
Once I stopped shaking, I devoted my life to finding
the fastest, easiest, and funnest ways for an individual or family to
grow thier own food. I discovered that growing your own is incredibly
I've developed a video set that is used by
permacuulture teachers, universities, missionary organizations, and
regular folks. It gets you started producing very quickly. You know
from reading these OCA newsletters that the era of quality food is way
back in your rearview mirror. And the era of cheap food is the dead end
right in front of you. Fortunately, if you've got a hose and a
backyard, or even a sunny window sill, there is a tremenous amount you
can do - and it is really fun!