After decades of
misleading consumers; bullying farmers; buying off politicians,
regulatory officials and scientists; and spreading its toxic chemicals
and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on 420 million acres across the globe, once-mighty Monsanto and the biotech industry find themselves on the defensive.
Battered by mounting scientific evidence that Roundup-Ready (glyphosate), Bt-spliced and neonicotinoid-coated crops
are damaging public health, animals, bees and the environment, and
unnerved by a rapidly growing U.S. and global anti-GMO movement,
Monsanto and its minions recently have been forced to dump another $10
million into a campaign in Washington State, in a frantic attempt to
stop voters from passing I-522.
The jig’s up. The global
anti-GMO, pro-organic grassroots are nearing critical mass.
But there’s still work to do. Now is the time to step up the pressure, not sit back and relax. Here are six ways you can help bust biotech.
Aurora Organic Dairy
wants customers to know how their food is made. It says so, right here on its webiste.
But apparently, the company is not keen on consumers knowing if their food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Otherwise,
why would Aurora Organic remain a dues-paying member of the Grocery
Manufacturers Association (GMA)? The multi-billion dollar trade
association that has already contributed more than $2.2 million to
defeat I-522, the Washington State ballot initiative to label GMOs?
House Votes to Keep Monsanto Protection Act. What Will Senate Do?
House has voted 'Yes' again on the Monsanto Protection Act. Can we Stop
the Senate from extending what amounts to a huge gift to the biotech
Friday, the House passed its version of the Continuing Resolution
(H.J.RES.59), a bill to keep the government running through December 15.
In it was the Farmers Assurance Provision, better known as the Monsanto
Protection Act, a law that gives biotech firms immunity from federal
prosecution for illegally growing GMO crops. The law was first passed in
March, when it was quietly and without debate slipped into the earlier version of the Continuing Resolution, which is set to expire September 30.
Next week, the Senate
will begin debate on the new Continuing Resolution. While the focus will
be on the House's provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, or
Obamacare, we need every senator to know that it is not acceptable to
include the Monsanto Protection Act in the new bill.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow
(D-Mich.) the Agriculture Committee Chair with the final say on
agriculture issues in the Democrat-controlled Senate, promised that she
would work to ensure that the Monsanto protection act wouldn't be renewed without a vote. Let's hope she keeps her promise.
Please call your senator
and ask him or her to vote no on the new Continuing Resolution unless
the Farmers Assurance Provision, aka Monsanto Protection Act, is
removed. Then send your Senator a note.
appears poised to extend the Monsanto Protection Act, which allows the
biotech industry to illegally grow unapproved, potentially dangerous GMO
crops free from the threat of prosecution.
The Farm Bill, still languishing, contains an amendment that could wipe out states’ rights to pass GMO labeling laws.
The biotech and junk
food industries have amassed $11 million so far to fight I-522, the
Washington State GMO labeling initiative on the November 5 ballot.
just this week, the NO on I-522 campaign launched its first TV ads.
Lies heaped upon lies, aimed at scaring Washington State voters into
thinking that the sky will fall if food manufacturers are required to
tell us if the food they sell contains GMO ingredients.
wiser consumers grow, the more desperately Monsanto and the Junk Food
Giants scramble to try to stop this movement. Your movement. The latest
news? The Grocery Manufacturers Association this week accused in a
lawsuit of laundering I-522 donations. And a letter from TEDx to its
organizers telling them to steer clear of any presenters wishing to talk
about GMOs. What next? Jail for anyone who dares to question Monsanto?
less than four weeks, on October 16, Washington State will mail ballots
to voters. By November 5, it will all be over. If we could win this
battle on sheer will alone, we’d already have it in the bag. But we have
to compete on the airwaves. And that takes money.
If you haven’t yet
pitched in, please donate before October 16, so Yes on I-522 can buy
more airtime. If you’ve already donated, please ask a friend. Thank you!
days of the small farmer raising his cattle, hogs and hens on green
pastures are long gone. Today America’s farming landscape resembles a
windowless, animal gulag system filled with metal sheds, wire cages,
gestation crates and confinement systems.
farms aren’t about feeding the hungry or harvesting healthy food.
They’re about maximizing profits for a handful of the world’s largest
agribusiness corporations, and the biotech and pesticide companies that
fuel their factories and feed their animals.
Factory farms produce
unhealthy animals. And unhealthy people. About 80 percent of all
antibiotics used in the U.S. are used on factory farms, either to
prevent disease of stimulate growth. Meanwhile, about 70,000 Americans
die each year from “superbugs” that have developed a resistance to
believe once people know, once the darkness has been chased away by
flickers turning into bonfires of light, people will act. Indeed that is
what’s happening right now, in big and small ways, and it’s just a
matter of time before the almost imperceptible swell deep in the ocean
moves closer to shore, picks up speed, rises into a great wave and
pounds us. Watch out Monsanto and Dow and Dupont and CEO Hugh Grant, and
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and President Obama and the FDA,
and all you colluders in industry lies, big money and injustice. Watch
out, because the crashing wave is coming soon – and we won’t stop until
our basic freedoms to choose and know what we are eating are fully
restored.” – Jeremy Siefert
For a Better World,
published by the Fair World Project, a project of the OCA, is hot off
the press and ready to download. The latest issue includes an article by Jeremy Siefert, director of GMO OMG.
There’s also a nice piece
by Dave Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now! in which Murphy urges us
all to Stop Monsanto, Take Back Our Food, Our Farms, Our Democracy and
Our Planet. Plus you'll find articles on empowering women farmers, the
future of fair and sustainable coffee, and transforming the tea
Want to wander the
streets of Havana? Visit Cuba’s urban organic gardens and rural organic
farms? Experience Cuba’s colorful culture and vibrant people? The OCA is once again collaborating with our Via Organica Project
in Mexico, and the Center for Global Justice, on a 10-day trip to Cuba
from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2, 2013. Deadline to apply is October 8.
trip is open to all who have a professional interest. The estimated
cost of $1500 includes dormitory-style or simple hotel accommodations,
meals, translation, guide, transportation and a full program of
activities for 10 days. Fee doesn’t include flights, visa, tips, airport
exit tax ($30 USD), or souvenirs and other personal items. A limited
number of scholarships are available.
decades ago Cuba was the first country to make a concerted effort to
move from industrial to organic agriculture. This is your chance to see
first-hand the results of Cuba’s organic transition and to examine the
social and economic policies behind the transition. Don’t miss out!
For applications and further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org