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 months 1 week ago

Until the 3rd World is brought up to modern standards of living, ALL attempts at environmentalism will fail and are an exercise in mutual masturbation. The 3rd World is responsible for 90% of all environmental evil and will continue to do so as long as they live in conditions of chronic

2 months 2 weeks ago

Please share this announcement with your mailing lists and friends. Download this flyer to post on bulletin boards. Thank you! [image: effectivestrategiesforclimateaction_200127.jpg] Occupy Sonoma County Presents EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR CLIMATE ACTION: What’s working, and why? Monday, January

2 months 2 weeks ago

Dear Community, Thank you so much for your interest and participation in planning the second North Bay Community Engagement Fair. Despite an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response, we at the Another World is Possible Coalition have decided that for the biggest impact it would be best to

2 months 2 weeks ago

Hello Mara, Thanks so much for this note. I looked back at my calculations and realized that I had mistakenly looked at the Counties September 2018 Investment report, rather than the September 2019 Investment report. My apologies, I was working on this late the night before this went to the

2 months 2 weeks ago

Hello All, A big congratulations to everyone in getting the county to unanimously vote in favor of divesting from banks that are financing the fossil fuel industry and detention centers. As a follow up and to help keep you all educated on the amount of money the County currently has invested in

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