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

 
2 days 6 hours ago

so much loving gratitude to each of you on this list for caring... please share the below and other climate disruption messages! We are so in this together. (I am feeling very un-alone and very supported at this moment, even though I am far from Sonoma County currently.) On , wrote:

5 days 2 hours ago

Several people in OSC have been evacuated and will not be able to attend the meeting. Everyone is safe and no one in OSC has lost their home, but very few people are available to meet on Monday so I am canceling it. Crucial Earth Action meeting business will be handled at the next OSC meeting

5 days 15 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-related

1 week 3 days ago

World Wildlife Fund report finds 60% of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets which put huge strain on Earth’s resources https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/05/vast-animal-feed-cro... Amusingly, omnivores end up indirectly eating more soy,

1 week 6 days 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

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