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

 
21 hours 22 min ago

This is an ongoing thread for the month of May for sharing your climate-friendly food suggestions, recipes, tips and experiences. Thank you to everyone who has been writing and responding. Feel free to share your tips and recipes. Please keep this same subject line so that people can choose if

22 hours 17 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-related

1 day 17 hours ago

This is an ongoing thread for the month of May for sharing your climate-friendly food suggestions, recipes, tips and experiences. Thank you to everyone who has been writing and responding. Feel free to share your tips and recipes. Please keep this same subject line so that people can choose if

2 days 1 hour ago

Hi folks, I've signed on as an individual, and I've put in a request for Mothers Out Front CA to sign on. Senator Henry Stern is extremely dedicated to climate action. I hope you will sign on and/or get your organization(s) to sign on too. Thanks for all you do! Hoai-An ---------- Forwarded

2 days 2 hours ago

Jorge and others, This is striking not only for the truth it tells but for the gullibility of acceptance. The purveyors of pesticides, in particular, have figured out how to insulate citizen action from the most egregious impacts on human well-being. State pesticide law, for instance, only

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