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

 
1 day 2 hours ago

Three of us got out Thursday and about a dozen yesterday after the Community Action Coalition called an event. The Peace and Justice Center has organized another one for Monday, 5pm, also in Old Courthouse Square. Here's the FB link: Gathering in response to Trump's "National Emergency" Hope to

2 days 9 hours ago

Protest tonight in Santa Rosa from 6-8pm against Trump's declaration of "emergency" to fund the wall. See below. Please share, and hope to see you there! Merlin ---- Event: No Wall, No Emergency (FB event) When: Friday, Feb 15 from 6-8pm Where: Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa Gather

2 days 12 hours ago

Greetings from your friendly librarian (Northwest Library in Santa Rosa) ... Inviting you to the next installment of our Planet People Project series on sustainability: The BEAVER BELIEVERS from Occidental Arts & Ecology Center: Brock Dolman & Kate Lundquist will talk about their Bring Back

2 days 21 hours 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-relate

1 week 1 day ago

ditto Terry's response for me... yes, Beliefs run our lives. What are your Climate Change beliefs? ((Beliefs typo for future distribution, I corrected below.)) Thanks Jorge. --- Warmly, Roni www.OurGreenChallenge.org "Climate Change is not just another issue in this complicated world of

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