The average American
eats more than 150 pounds of genetically engineered food every year.
This despite the fact that scientists – the independent ones – agree that GE foods are ruining our health and our environment.
Fortunately, after 20
years of fighting for labels on foods containing genetically modified
organisms (GMOs), we’ve reached a turning point. We, as consumers and
farmers, are demanding a say in what we eat and what we plant.
In an interview with Mercola.com,
OCA’s Ronnie Cummins explains why we must marshal every last resource
to win the GMO labeling battle in Washington State on Nov. 5. And once
we win, how we’ll have to continue the fight against Monsanto. With
every ballot we cast. With every food purchase we make.
Because Monsanto will not go quietly into the night. At least not yet. Watch the video
Big Rules Spell Bad News for Small Farms
your local farms, farmers markets, and CSAs (Community Supported
Agriculture)? They could be in trouble thanks to heavy-handed new rules
proposed under the Food Safety & Modernization Act (FSMA).
Unless the U.S. Food
& Drug Administration (FDA) agrees to some key changes in the FSMA,
your local farmer could be forced to shell out up to $20,000 for a fancy
“Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control plan.” For a farmer
on a small budget, all that extra cost and paperwork means raising
prices. Higher prices could force even the most loyal consumer to
reluctantly settle for inferior, industrial food, trucked in from
out-of-state corporations. And that
could force your farmer out of business. While perpetuating the
chemical-intensive, environmentally unfriendly corporate agribusiness
With only nine weeks to go, Monsanto and Big Food are eating away
at our lead in Washington State. We’re still ahead, but make no
mistake. The opposition’s $17.1 million worth of misleading TV and radio
ads, mailers and flyers, is hurting us. The single
most important thing we can all do right now is get on the phone. Call
voters in Washington State. Urge them to get out and vote YES on I-522.
And remind them that any company willing to spend $17.1 million to keep a
simple label off of its products has something to hide. And that
something can’t be good.
The editorial boards of two major newspapers in Washington State – the Seattle Timesand the Olympian – have come out against I-522, thanks to the powerful lobbying efforts of Monsanto and Big Food. These next
two weeks are critical. Please volunteer an hour of your time to call
voters. The campaign will tell you how to do it. It’s easy. And it won’t
cost you anything but a little time.
Outed! Big Food Spends Big Money to Keep You in the Dark
Big surprise. Big Food was hiding its big donations to the NO on I-522 campaign by funneling them through the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).
We knew it was true. Now we know who they are.
The companies who make billions of dollars by selling you their
products. But who don’t want you to know what they’re putting in those
products. Why were they so desperate to hide their donations that they were willing to break the law? Because you, consumers, boycotted
them, and their natural and organic brands, after they publicly donated
more than $26 million to defeat GMO labeling in California last year.
We’ll be updating our boycott list soon, based on this new list of donors. In the meantime...
Kudos to Ben
& Jerry’s, who kept its parent company, Unilever, from donating to
the NO on I-522 campaign. For this, and for making a huge in-kind
contribution to the YES on I-522 campaign, we’ll take Ben & Jerry’s
off the new boycott list, when we make it official.
Shame on Seth Goldman, CEO of Honest Tea, for telling
the media that Honest Tea’s parent company, Coca-Cola, wasn’t “directly
lobbying” to defeat I-522. As it turns out, Coke was the third highest
food company donor, spending more than $1 million to kill I-522. If you
haven’t already, please tell Mr. Goldman what you think.
To two new organic and natural brands, who will be added to our new
boycott list. Sweet Leaf Teas, an organic brand, and Gerber organic baby
foods are both owned by international food conglomerate, Nestlé, which
donated $1.1 million to the NO on I-522 campaign. Why not get a jump on
the boycott by posting on their Facebook pages today? Sweet Leaf Tea and Gerber organic.
If, as you say,
you support mandatory GMO labeling laws, why haven’t you signed on as a
co-sponsor to Sen. Barbara Boxer’s bill, S.809, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act for mandatory GMO labels?
If you support mandatory labeling of GMOs, why did you ask the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its voluntary guidance? Knowing that Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers support voluntary guidance, precisely because they know it could nullify any state or federal mandatory labeling laws?
of you took us up on our plea last week to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s
office to urge her to support mandatory GMO labeling laws. And many of
you reported back that you were confused. Because Sen. Warren’s office
told you that she is backing Sen. Barbara Boxer’s bill, and that her
letter to the FDA was actually about mandatory labeling. (Which it
wasn’t. The letter specifically refers to the FDA’s 00D-1598 guidance for voluntary, not mandatory, labeling).
To hear Monsanto and its hired guns and faux scientists tell it, everyone’s on the same page. Their
page. Which is to say that genetically modified organisms (GMOs), along
with all their pesticides and herbicides, are perfectly safe. Case
week, a group of international scientists (the real kind, not the ones
paid by the biotech industry), physicians and academics signed a
statement to set the record straight. No, they wrote. Despite the many
claims to the contrary, there is no consensus that GMOs are safe.
statement draws attention to the diversity of opinion over GMOs in the
scientific community and the often contradictory or inconclusive
findings of studies on GMO safety. These include toxic effects on
laboratory animals fed GM foods, increased pesticide use from GM crop
cultivation and the unexpected impacts of Bt insecticidal crops on
beneficial and non-target organisms.”
The Marin Carbon Project: Saving the Climate with Soil
a windswept ranch above the tiny West Marin town of Nicasio, a man in a
worn Carhartt jacket holds up a blade of grass with a triumphant smile.
This is rancher and philanthropist John Wick, and he’s explaining how
he hopes to help save the world using an unexpected tool: dirt.” – from The Grass Really Is Greener, by Jacoba Charles
Industrial farming is responsible for up to 51 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than the entire global transportation industry.
didn’t used to be that way. Before we allowed corporations to take over
our food supply, with their chemicals, factory farms and genetically
engineered crops, the earth’s soil was able to sequester twice as much
carbon dioxide (CO2) as it does now.
that we’ll never reverse global warming just by reducing greenhouse gas
emissions, John Wick and his partners at the Marin Carbon Project, in
Marin County, Calif., are looking at how we can remove massive amounts
of CO2 from our polluted atmosphere, and store it in the soil. Just by
making a few changes to how ranchers manage their lands.
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