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

 
1 day 18 hours ago

Thank you to everyone who sent us feedback about their participation in the May Meat Challenge. We will probably do this campaign again next year and will include all of your suggestions. ​There was a suggestion that we use SurveyMonkey or a similar survey method for collecting this feedback,

4 days 54 min ago

[image: Occupy Sonoma County] ​EARTH ACTION IN THE NEWS Welcome to the people who have joined recently. This is a simple weekly newsletter. Your participation is encouraged. Please share information and actions about climate change, climate justice, GMOs, toxic chemicals, and Earth-relate

5 days 3 hours ago

progress!!!! -------- Original Message -------- Subject: BREAKING: Carbon Pricing passes in MA Senate! Date: 2018-06-14 18:25 From: Sarah - Our Climate To: Veronica "Roni" Jacobi Veronica "Roni" -- We know it's late but we can't wait to share the

5 days 4 hours ago

great idea Larry... I'm happy to be part of creating a strategy by email mainly and in person as necessary, but hopefully in person only right before we make a pitch to various city councils or county... I'd love to challenge county and cities in our area to leapfrog Berkeley with every good

5 days 7 hours ago

yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PROGRESS -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Berkeley Unanimously Declares Climate Emergency! Date: 2018-06-14 05:30 From: "Nicole Harris" To: "Veronika Jacobi" Reply-To: t...@theclimatemobilizat

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