GMO Campaign

imageGenetic engineering refers to a set of technologies used to change the genetic makeup of cells and move genes across species boundaries to produce novel organisms. Once released, these genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can easily spread and interbreed with other organisms, and they are virtually impossible to recall back to the laboratory.

Monsanto provides roughly 90% of GMO seeds in the world. These seeds have been genetically modified to produce their own pesticide or to survive repeated spraying of Monsanto’s toxic herbicide Roundup. Monsanto’s GMOs are not designed to increase yields to feed the world, but rather to increase Monsanto’s profits. Monsanto sells high-priced, patented seeds to farmers who are required to sign contracts stating that they will buy new seeds every year. And as their crops become increasingly herbicide-resistant, Monsanto sells more and more chemicals to farmers who are caught in this vicious cycle. Due to the enormous political clout of Monsanto, the American public is being denied the right to know whether their foods are genetically engineered or not.

Resources

Shopper's Guide
identify non-GMO products from independently-owned companies that support GMO labeling and have decent labor and environmental practices--AND identify products from companies that don't meet those standards.

The Truth About GMOs
this paper defines GMOs, provides background on the bio-tech industries that produce them, and describes the hazards that GMOs present to the environment and to the humans and animals that consume them.

GMO Glossary
Definitions for terms related to Genetically Modified Organisms compiled by OSC members.

OSC Earth Action Campaign Handout
Info on Occupy Sonoma County's Earth Action Campaign.

GMO Discussion

 
11 hours 44 min ago

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19 hours 43 min ago

Everything you need to know: all four sites in London stand defiant; XR Edinburgh takes a bridge; occupation of the International Criminal Court; innumerable actions across the globe [image: XR-logo-4col-Black-Linear] Webversion International Rebellion, Day 2 The sun may not have been

19 hours 49 min ago

Major movements in London result in another win for the rebels. Huge international actions including New York, and an optimistic glance forward to Friday [image: XR-logo-4col-Black-Linear] Webversion Dramatic events in London today ended in a resounding success for our brave, resilient and

19 hours 58 min ago

Barnacle peeling, 2 year olds making speeches before Parliament, and a fleeting visit by Emma Thompson. [image: XR-logo-4col-Black-Linear] Webversion Thursday 18th April – Day 4 of the mother of all protests and we have managed to garner over 500 arrests, £250,000 in crowdfunding, and a

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