As we are seeing with vaccines, we haven't yet realized the truth regarding the efficacy of genetically modified organisms.
We cannot be sure as to their safety; they were adopted mainly on the say-so of the companies' publicists, and with the blessings of former President George Herbert Walker Bush. Equivalence isn't EQUAL.
My advice, until proven otherwise, is to just say NO!
deadline for rounding up votes for Oregon’s Measure 92 has passed. The
deadline for counting all outstanding votes, and reporting them to the
Oregon Secretary of State, is Monday, November 24, 5 p.m. PST.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, November 22, the gap between YES and
NO votes had dropped, again, to a nail biting-ly close 1,076 votes.
Based on reliable estimates, there are enough outstanding votes that, if
they go the right way, could still push us over the top.
Either way, unless the gab widens again, the vote is close enough to
trigger an automatic recount.
Thanks to the herculean effort by the YES on 92 campaign—and your
financial support—the campaign sent out hundreds of volunteers and
supporters last week. Battling snow and ice and great odds, this
dedicated army did a nothing-short-of-miraculous job of contacting voters
whose ballots had been disqualified, and making sure those ballots were
fixed, and those votes were counted.
Now, we wait for the final tally, which will be reported at the end of
the day Monday, November 24.
But while we wait, the YES on 92 campaign staff is still working,
preparing for the probablility of a recount. The campaign will do
everything in its power to make sure that the recount is conducted
carefully, and fairly. Win or lose in Oregon, it’s clear that Monsanto and Big Food are
panicked. After all, we won the state GMO labeling battle in May, when
Vermont passed H.112. And with stores like
Whole Foods Market committed to labeling all of
its 40,000 plus food and deli items, food manufacturers already face the
prospect of a label that says “Contains GMOs” in stores all across the
Monsanto will continue to throw its weight around, by suing states that pass GMO labeling laws, and counties that pass GMO crop bans. And by buying off members of Congress to pass a law to override and preempt state GMO labeling laws.
labeling movement won big in Vermont this year. And we may still win in
Oregon, once all the votes are in. But those laws will be nullified, and we will lose the right
to pass any future state or federal mandatory GMO labeling laws, if
Congress passesH.R. 4432, a bill to preempt
mandatory GMO labeling laws.
H.R. 4432—the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) ACT—was
introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) at the bidding of Monsanto, Big
Food and the Koch Brothers.
At this very moment, Monsanto and Big Food are gunning to pass this
law. We need to stop this attack on the constitutional right of
states to pass GMO labeling laws. That’s why we’re planning a massive
protest and media event in Washington D.C. Can you help organize a bus
from your area?
Here’s the scoop. Pompeo’s DARK ACT is up for a hearing on December 9
or 10 (the date hasn’t been finalized yet, but we need to start
planning). OCA is working with activists in many states, including New
York, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland, to bus
people in to Washington on the date of the hearing.
What will we do there? We will fill the hearing room and line the
streets with consumers and citizens who will make it clear to Congress,
the media and the Biotech Bullies and Junk Food Giants that we will not
sit quietly by while Congress allows Monsanto to trample on our Democracy
and poison our food without transparency or accountability.
If you can fill a bus from your area, OCA will pay the transportation.
We are also organizing an organic lunch with speakers and the press,
following the hearing. The GMO labeling movement has not come this far only to allow
members of Congress, who have been paid off by Monsanto, to strip us of
our constitutional rights. H.R. 4432 is designed to kill the GMO labeling
movement once and for all. We can’t let that happen. We need thousands of
people in order to get the attention of Congress and the media. Can you
be one of them? Sign up to organize
than a week after the OCA and other groups petitioned McDonald’s to reject a GMO potato newly
approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), ABC News, NBC News, CBS News and numerous other media outlets declared a
victory for consumers based on a statement McDonald’s provided to the Idaho
Here’s what a McDonald’s spokesperson told the Idaho Statesman when asked if the
fast-food chain would buy Simplot’s GMO potato: "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have
current plans to change our sourcing practices."
A victory for consumers? Or just a victory for McDonald’s public
relations team? As POLITICO pointed out, the McDonald’s statement may have
been technically accurate. But it far from rules out the future
possibility that McDonald’s will serve up frankenfries. McDonald’s does
not now source GMO potatoes, because there are none yet on the market.
And just because the restaurant chain claims it doesn’t have “current
plans” to use the Simplot potato, doesn’t mean it can’t change its plans. TAKE ACTION: Ask McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson
to commit to NEVER USE Simplot’s “Innately Wrong” GMO potato! Read OCA’s Open Letter to McDonald’s CEO Donald
wants you to think the company is on your side when it comes to GMO
But it isn’t. As long as Starbucks is a dues-paying member of the Grocery
Manufacturers Association (GMA), which is party to a lawsuitagainst the state of
Vermont intended to overturn Vermont’s recently passed GMO labeling law,
the coffee peddler’s profits are being used to defeat your right to know.
In response to a blog post by singer/songwriter Neil Young,
proclaiming his support for a Starbucks boycott, Starbucks posted a statement on its website stating that a “petition
claiming that Starbucks is part of this [lawsuit against Vermont]
litigation is completely false and we have asked the petitioners to
correct their description of our position.” “Completely false”? Not quite. Not only does Starbucks’
membership in the GMA support the GMA’s lawsuit against Vermont, it also
supports a billawaiting a hearing in
Congress, written by the GMA, that would strip states of the right to
pass mandatory GMO labeling laws.
If Starbucks wants consumers to believe that the company is not, at
least indirectly, party to the GMA’s lawsuit against Vermont, Starbucks
needs to quit the GMA immediately. TAKE ACTION: Tell Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz:
Stop Supporting Efforts to Kill GMO Labeling Laws. Quit the GMA!
at the Slow Money conference in Louisville, Ky., last week, Mary Berry
shared an anecdote about her father, Wendell Berry. Mary told the story
in the context of a panel discussion about advancing the organic movement
in the face of great obstacles—as in, for instance, Monsanto. And
federal, state and local laws that hinder, instead of help, local organic
Her father, said Mary, once remarked that that in order to keep going in
discouraging times, it takes an “alliance of cranks.”
This movement to return to sustainable, organic and regenerative
agriculture is a movement of hope. Hope for a healthier ecosystem. Hope
for healthier communities. Hope for a generation of healthier children.
It’s also a movement that has faced more than its share of discouraging
news. And powerful opponents.
Thankfully, this movement, your movement, is powered by strong,
intelligent, caring, responsible, hard-working, passionate,
well-intentioned and yes, sometimes complaining, citizens and consumers.
Welcome to our “alliance of cranks.” Together, we will prevail.
It’s that time of year again. When the worst
companies in the world compete for their rightful place in the Corporate
Hall of Shame.
This year we’re partnering with Corporate Accountability International
to hold Bayer accountable for not only manufacturing the pesticides that
kill bees, but for shifting the blame. By now, we all know that neonicotinoids are the
primary culprit in Colony Collapse Disorder. We also know who stands to
profit the most from selling neonics—Bayer CropScience is the world’s
number one seller of neonics, with annual sales of over $1 billion.
Yet to hear Bayer tell it, the neonic-maker is the honeybee’s best
friend. It’s climate change that’s killing the bees, says Bayer. Or
mites. But certainly not the pesticide-maker’s poisons.
Bayer has even established the Bayer Bee Care Center in a disingenuous public
relations move aimed at convincing consumers that the company is
dedicated to protecting bees.
It’s all part of Bayer’s “Tobacco-Style PR tactics,” outlined in this report by the Friends of the Earth.
Bayer should be ashamed. It isn’t, of course. So it’s up to us to
shame the world’s leading bee-killer. Vote Bayer into the Corporate Hall of Shame
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