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 weeks ago

'MEPs withdraw parliamentary access after the firm shunned a hearing into allegations that it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate used in its RoundUp weedkiller' https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/28/monsanto-banned-from...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Dear Earth Action friends: We have launched a new petition to create opportunity out of catastrophe. I hope you will sign it and share it far and wide. Love, Jorge "We are the ones we've been waiting for" DECLARATION: "Climate Crisis Is Already A Major Disaster" Sign the Petition Sign the

1 month 3 weeks 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 month 4 weeks ago

Dear Portia; Can you tell us a little more about your Zero Waste event on Nov. 14? What do you plan to cover? Love, Emerald On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 2:38 PM, Portia, LITE

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  • 1 month 4 weeks ago

    Sawasdee Krab Amigos, ...and for the second week in a row I need to extend a big thank-you to Josh Warchol. Last week he dealt with some thorny issues with our email software and this week he upgraded everything so these issues will hopefully never resurface. I get a lot of nice feedback from

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