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

 
17 hours 59 min ago

Dear Climate Activists, I am forwarding on an email that I received from a friend, that came from Jennifer Tanner, the founder of the Indivisible Green Team focusing on environmental issues. This is with regard to "clean up" amendments to AB 1054. The Indivisible Green Team is asking for

1 day 2 hours ago

Hoai-An and others, Here is the text of the letter I’ve sent to all the city councilmembers in all the Bay Area jurisdictions that are currently considering an all-electic reach code. Dear Council members, I am writing with regards to consideration of an all-electric reach code, scheduled for

1 day 2 hours ago

Thank you Pete! and the others sharing information. Here's a sample letter from a Los Altos activist, that also gives more information: Please join Menlo Park, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, San José, Pacifica, and others in championing building electrification. Cities are recognizing how

1 day 4 hours ago

I wish it was 35. For the first hour or two there are three. Then 3 or 4 come in from Sebastopol. Various volunteers in various numbers show up and help. I can count on 6, the rest I cross my fingers every time. On Mon, Nov 18, 2019 at 12:38 AM Emerald wrote: >

1 day 14 hours ago

NEW DATE - Collating the Peace Press Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM or later Come to the Peace & Justice Center to join some 35 other members of our community to assemble 3,500 copies of the Peace Press. It is a fun day of conversation and camaraderie. The Peace Press is one of the

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