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

 
4 days 10 hours ago

A number of us are committed and ready to hold the first very low footprint meeting of SoCoCan on 3/30/2020 via Zoom. the invitation is re-pasted here: ### On Mar 25, 2020, at 5:17 PM, Terri Moon wrote: Hello fellow activists, I had volunteered to take note at the

4 days 11 hours ago

Hi all, This email is intended to reach as many on the SoCoCan email lists (of which there are a few) so we apologize if this appears redundant. The SoCoCAN meeting scheduled for this coming Monday, March 30th is being postponed until the hopeful date of April 27th (time and location to

5 days 10 hours ago

The weekly newsletter will resume soon after the newsletter moderator recovers from a recent illness. Please post Earth Action-related news to the listserv to help everyone remain informed of current news. Recommended news sources to stay informed include: EcoWatch (daily) Truthout (daily) Common

1 week 2 days ago

Warning: contains nudity Corona advice, Women’s Day, a landmark legal victory against airport expansion, and lots more updates and news from the global Rebellion. [image: XR-logo-4col-Black-Linear] (See here for web version, sign up here) This issue, we celebrate the incredible courage and

2 weeks 3 days ago

March 12, 2020 Re: Climate Summit After much deliberation, we have made the tough decision to exercise an abundance of caution and postpone It’s Up to Us!: Sonoma County Climate Activists Community Summit, scheduled for Sunday. We made the decision yesterday afternoon, when Sonoma

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