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Step Up the Struggle

#249, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

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Quote of the Week

China's Organic Revolution

"For years, humans have tried to conquer nature, but in doing so, they themselves became conquered. They lost their connection with the earth. They destroyed the land they were tilling. In Buddhist belief, there are no pesticides, no bad insects, no good ones. There is only imbalance in the world. We must restore that balance."

-Han Guojie, water-quality engineer turned farmer, quoted in "Sowing Seeds for an Organic Revolution," by William Wan in the Washington Post, November 2, 2010

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After the Elections

539 Candidates Answer Organic Consumers GMO Survey

Thanks to everyone who sent the Organic Consumers Fund's 2010 GMO Survey to candidates running in the 2010 elections. 539 congressional, state-wide, and state legislative candidates went on record, letting us know whether they support mandatory labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). "Yes" means they support mandatory labeling. "No" means they do not.

Survey Results

Now, we need to push all the newly elected state and federal legislators to take a stand on mandatory GMO labels.

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After the Elections

Anti-Frankenfish Candidates Win Races

The Obama Administration is considering approval of the first genetically modified animal, a fast-growing GMO salmon Frankenfish. Several Senators and Members of Congress have been putting pressure on the Obama's FDA to stop the Frankenfish, and, short of that, to at least require it to be labeled "GMO." And, they're all still in office after the 2010 mid-term elections!

Anti-Frankenfish Senators and Members

Let's make public opposition to Frankenfish the first message the new Congress hears.

Take Action

 
 
 

After the Elections

Monsanto-Funded Candidates Win Races

Monsanto spent $470,631 on the 2010 mid-term elections. Five of the Senate candidates they supported lost their races, while ten won.

Monsanto's Candidates

Let the new Congress know that voters don't trust politicians who take money from Monsanto.

Take Action

 
 
 

Please Donate

Support the OCA! Step up the Struggle

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Video of the Week

Michael Moore on Midterm Elections, the Tea Party, and the Future of the Democratic Party

For the past 20 years, renowned filmmaker, author and activist Michael Moore has been one of the most politically active, provocative and successful documentary filmmakers in the business. Moore was interviewed by Democracy Now! for their live Election Night broadcast, and discussed the midterm election results, the Tea Party movement, and the future of the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Little Bytes

After the Election Disaster: Back to Basics
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How Eating Organic Grass-Fed Meat Can Save the Planet
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San Francisco Bans Happy Meals
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Monsanto's Superweeds Come Home to Roost
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Hazards of GMOs: Agrobacterium-Mediated Transformation
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LOCAL [[State]] NEWS OF THE WEEK

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