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 hours 3 min ago

Hi! I'm reaching out about AB 1289, introduced by Ash Kalra to the CA Assembly in February of this year. This bill would provide funding and technical expertise to transition small to midsize livestock, dairy, or feed farms to plant-based agriculture. This will slash greenhouse gases and help

7 hours 48 min ago

Important emissions reporting legislation: please support. Support letters due by this Wed 4/21. Hearing will be Tues 4/27 at 1:30pm. ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Janet Cox Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 11:29 PM Subject: [Divestment CA] SB 260 - READ THIS ONE! To:

1 day 4 hours ago

Please share this widely! Testimony needed to make calls today Don't let corporate telecom decide where and how many fire hazardous antennas are on poles in your neighborhood. SB-556 spells potential economic ruin for California. Fires have cost California billions of dollars and individuals

1 day 7 hours ago

It's not too late! Help us pass CA's boldest climate justice bill in decades, SB 467! Call 3 senators before April 27! Last week, SB 467 failed to advance out of committee by ONLY ONE VOTE. We still have a chance to protect the 7.5 million Californians—mostly in low-income and Black, Latinx, and

3 days 10 hours ago

Scientists are rising up! And any scientific institution that accepts the climate crisis but doesn’t act as if there is one is a target. [image: XR-logo-4col-Black-Linear] (Web version in English, Czech, French, Italian, Portuguese. More languages incoming!) (Subscribe to this Newsletter.) 2

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