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

 
17 hours 11 min ago

Please share this announcement with your mailing lists and friends. Download this flyer to post on bulletin boards. Thank you! The Arlene Francis Center presents an Occupy Sonoma County showing of The Reluctant Radical Thursday, November 8, 7-9 PM Arlene Francis Center 99 6th Street, Santa

5 days 3 hours ago

Thanks again Kamal!! I have found and tested the following also... https://www.harris.senate.gov https://mikethompson.house.gov/ For if you live outside of Jared's district, but since Jared is the author of the bill, I believe worthwhile contacting him too. I am very irritated by this bill.

5 days 10 hours ago

Seems like this legislation was written to appease ranchers who were disappointed with the re-introduction of the Elk to the area. https://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Reintroduced-tule-elk-compete-wit... Center for Biological Diversity agrees. https://www.biologicaldive

5 days 12 hours 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

6 days 3 hours ago

The IPCC says that we have just about 10 years to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 deg. But our elected officials don't seem to be paying attention. Now, they want to open up Marin County's public lands to permanent farmed animal grazing. These are not lands that aren't in any danger of

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