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 month 3 days ago

[image: A mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content - Prof. Rattan Lal (small).jpg] Hi folks, Carbon farming removes large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere and sequesters (stores) it in the soil, which helps REVERSE climate change. Please - call your representatives TODAY to support

1 month 3 days ago

I received a reply to my original post here that Pacific Ocean and local fish is not as dangerous as I stated. I asked them to share their letter to me on here but we are all so busy so I am doing it myself to encourage discussion and to have full transparency. I am also including my response

1 month 4 days ago

Public banking may be one of the only ways an institution such as a city or county can divest from big banks (local banks can only insure accounts up to $250,000). Public banking can also cut the cost of financing infrastructure (for instance to rebuild fire damaged infrastructure), up to HALF.

1 month 4 days ago

May 15th, Sonoma County 5G Day of Action: Rally and March! Dwight Murray Plaza, 1st St. between Coombs and Main, Downtown Napa, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm https://patch.com/california/napavalley/calendar/event/20190515/555881/5... 5G Day of Action Marin County San Rafael

1 month 5 days ago

More from this discussion about eating fish: I have started the process of learning how to buy fish at Oliver's where I shop regularly. Their green/yellow/red labeling is somewhat misleading so I will have to learn how they do their rating and decide which of their fish products I might eat.

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