13 Lies GMO Labeling Opponents are Recycling in Washington State
It’s déjà vu all over again.
Last year a coalition
of out-of-state, multinational biotech, pesticide and junk food
corporations spent nearly $46 million to narrowly defeat Proposition 37,
a GMO labeling initiative in California. Now, the same who’s who of
the world’s most notorious global corporate bad actors has descended on
Washington State. Why? To try to stop Washington State voters from
a citizens’ initiative that, if passed, will require mandatory labeling
of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in all food products sold in
Washington State. Like bad robots, they’re spitting out the same old,
tired lies, designed to scare voters into voting against their own best
Here are the
lies. And the facts. Please read, print, tweet, share on facebook,
email, roll up and stuff into a bottle you launch into the sea . . .
whatever it takes to spread the word that while $46 million may buy a
lot of lies, it doesn’t change the facts.
Healthy lifestyle guru Dr. Andrew Weil says genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cause “ranges of health problems” in animals. He favors GMO labeling laws, he says, because consumers should have the right to know if products contain GMOs.
Yet the good doctor’s company, Weil Lifestyle LLC, is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – the top donor
so far to the campaign to defeat a GMO labeling initiative in
Washington State, and a major contributor ($2 million) to the campaign
that last year defeated Proposition 37, a similar GMO labeling
initiative in California.
Not only that, but Weil Lifestyle knowingly sells supplements that contain GMOs. Unlabeled. If
you think Dr. Weil should start practicing what he preaches, and if
you’d like to see him make a “healthy” contribution to the GMO labeling
campaign in Washington State, take action today!
There’s nothing more natural than an apple, right? The symbol of good health and all that’s right with the world.
But did you know that
the FDA is reviewing a genetically modified version of the perfect
fruit? It’s true. A Canadian company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits
wants to “improve” the apple with a genetic engineering process that
would prevent an apple from turning brown after you slice it or bite
into it. Why? Mostly so kids will eat more (genetically engineered)
apples. Our best bet
for keeping the GMO apple from reaching school cafeterias and fast-food
restaurants? Pass a GMO labeling law in Washington State, where 60
percent of this country’s apples are grown.
Because chances are,
if the state where the most apples are grown mandates that GMO apples
must be labeled, the U.S. Apple Association, which opposes the GMO
apple, will have more clout when it comes to convincing the FDA that
consumers don’t want biotech engineers messing with their favorite
Just one of the many
reasons we all have a stake in I-522, Washington State’s initiative to
require mandatory labeling of GMOs. Please help us win this critical
battle in November. For the movement. For your health. For the apple.
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Lies. No matter what you call them, they’re just not true. Got some
friends and family who are still on the fence about GMOs? Share this video.
Sowing the Seeds: Hands-On Organic Farming Education
the best way to teach kids about how their food choices affect the
planet? Let them get their hands dirty, working on the farm that grows
the food they eat every day in their school cafeteria.
It’s called a hands-on, experiential food and farming curriculum. And it works, according to the folks at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (ELC), near OCA’s home office in Finland, Minn.
center took root four years ago as a joint study project coordinated by
local farmer David Abazs and a group of Wolf Ridge student naturalists.
Abazs, now the Wolf Ridge farm manager (and an OCA board member),
hatched a plan for a seven-acre school/farm, where kids from nearby
schools could come and work, as part of their school curriculum.
The group was able to
take the project from vision to reality last year, thanks to grants
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the OCA. That and the
muscle provided by volunteers and interns who cleared brush, poured
concrete and planted the first seedlings.
Abazs says the farm’s
long-term goal – besides connecting students with the biological
systems that produce their food - is to provide all of the vegetables
for the 300,000 meals consumed each year at the ELC. For now, they’re
all just looking forward to their first September harvest. Read more
ORGANIC INDEX 8.22.13
GMO Crops: Fueling the Health of Corporations
don’t lie. Over the past 20 years, America’s seeds, animal feed and
biofuels have been infected like a virus by genetically modified
organisms (GMOs). Today, Americans consume 193 pounds of GMOs annually.
getting healthy on GMOs? Not the American people, whose health has
declined since GMOs were introduced into our food system. Not American
farmers, whose numbers have dropped precipitously since agribusiness has
taken over our farmland. And not the billions of animals being pumped
full of antibiotics to stave off illnesses associated with confinement
and GMO feed.
the only ones getting healthy are the four largest pesticide,
agrochemical and biotech companies - Monsanto, Dupont, Dow Chemical, and
Syngenta – whose sales have jumped from $60.1 billion in 2004 to $119.3
billion in 2012.