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 4 days ago

Hi, Some activists approached me about getting into/switching to plant-based eating and wanted resources. I'm sharing this info with the group in case it may prove useful for others as well. Attached is a flyer of a program hosted by Santa Rosa Kaiser (it's free for everyone even though it says

2 weeks 6 days 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

3 weeks 1 day ago

Please call your Assembly Member to support AB 319 (Stone) – Connect the Cap aka Leash the Lid. This effort to leash lids to plpastic bottles may be voted as early as 1pm today! Need phone number? Find Your Rep For more info pls visit the Save The Albatross Coalition for AB 319: Myth vs Fact

3 weeks 2 days ago

Hello All- We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow evening, 1/29, at the Peace and Justice Center, 7-9pm. 350 Sonoma agreed to facilitate this meeting. I will be the lead facilitator (Sunny). Laura will take notes. Below is the agenda. See you tomorrow! Sunny 350 Sonoma Jan.

3 weeks 5 days ago

Dear friends: This is coming from The Weather Channel, believe it or not. Useful information in the State of the Climate and what the people from the different States are experiencing and doing or not doing about it. Love, Jorge United States of Climate Change United States of Climate

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