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

 
2 weeks 1 day ago

At Tuesday's combined City Council/BOS meeting with an audience of 250 people they reduced comment time to 90 seconds. And of course did their usual number of looking bored and watching the clock as people were commenting, and never responded with so much as a nod of the head. Public comment is

2 weeks 1 day ago

Jorge, I sent your comment to the Board via email so they could read it in full. Maybe if hundreds of others do this, they will actually read it and respond appropriately. Thanks for writing this and showing up to express the senitment being felt by many of us. Larry Hanson On Nov 9, 2017, at

2 weeks 1 day ago

Dear friends: Below you will find the full text of my comments that could not be spoken in its entirety at the joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the City of Santa Rosa because our individual comment time was reduced to 1.5 minutes (bad idea). Best regards, Jorge Rebagliati

2 weeks 1 day 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-related

2 weeks 3 days ago

yes - if there are lots of people wanting to speak but a 2nd person can continue to read comments like your wife etc or a group of people... or give you there time probably and just stand next to you... I am sending my response to the Earth Action list because it is important info for

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