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Organic Consumers: Growing the Revolution
#286, July 21, 2011
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Quote of the Week
The Road Ahead
"As human beings, we should be the fully aware collective conscience - the mind's eye of this wonderful planet. As farmers, we should be guardian angels protecting the flesh and bone Holy Grail that is our Soil. Instead, we've sold out. We've exchanged home-grown methods for disparaging schemes because it is easier to do what we're told rather than adhere to what we feel deep inside us. Now is the time for all of us to realize what must be done, what must change, and to begin that process today. Not tomorrow. Today! The problems existing now were not solely created by inept government and greedy corporations. These problems were also created by a lack of resistance by all people. Yes, the problems exist. No, it is not too late to do something about it. "
- Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth by Eric Herm
Video Fundraising Appeal
Help OCA Grow the Revolution
For 13 years, OCA has been "growing the revolution" - preserving strict organic standards, expanding the organic market, and spreading the good news that organic agriculture can sustainably feed the world while reversing global warming. The time is right to ramp up our efforts and achieve some real victories in the fight against Monsanto, with labels on genetically engineered foods, but we need to raise a substantial amount of money over the summer to do so.
Please: watch this video and make your donation today.
Thanks to the generosity of organic consumers like yourself, in the last two weeks, we raised $60,000 of the $75,000 we urgently need to continue and expand our work. Once we reach our summer fundraising goal of $75,000 in smaller donations we will be able to seek matching funds from our larger donors so that we end up with sufficient resources to step up our activities on all fronts in the fall.
Please, donate today.
The good news is that OCA and our allies are on the verge of launching the largest grassroots effort in our history. If we can reach our summer fundraising goals, OCA's Millions Against Monsanto campaign will be in a good position to mobilize the 90% of the public that wants labels on foods produced with genetically modified ingredients. With adequate resources and grassroots energy we can get GMO labels on the ballot in a strategic number of states that allow the ballot initiative process.
Support the Millions Against Monsanto campaign!
For those of us who were born into the Monsanto crime scene, who have never known a world uncontaminated with its chemicals, for those who have constantly been threatened with unlabeled Frankenfoods, we have reached a turning point. Our health, our lives, and our future depend upon putting an end to Monsanto's poisons, its seeds of destruction, its killing fields, its climate-destabilizing crops, and its factory farms.
The very encouraging news is that our organic food and farming revolution is growing steadily. OCA and our allies have managed to beat back most of corporate agribusiness' attempts to degrade organic standards, including a recent misguided attempt by large organic companies to accept "coexistence" with Monsanto. We have also recently put an end to factory farm dairy feedlots calling their products organic and are well on our way to eliminating organic labeling fraud in the body care sector.
Consciousness is rising, but our public health, food, and climate crisis is metastasizing into a full-blown disaster. Monsanto and Food Inc. are increasing their stranglehold over the future of food and farming, apparently hell-bent on dragging us, along with the planet's life support systems, over the cliff with them.
Take a stand against the Biotech Bullies and for an organic future.
So please, click here to make an online donation.
Thank you for your support. Together we're going to build a sustainable, organic future for our children, our grandchildren, and ourselves.
Regards and Solidarity,
Ronnie Cummins, Co-Founder and National Director, Organic Consumers Association
Help the Millions Against Monsanto Campaign Recruit a Million Anti-GMO Activists
OCA's Millions Against Monsanto campaign needs your financial support, but even more than that, we need your help recruiting the million or more anti-GMO activists necessary to power a national, multi-year effort to get GMO labels on the ballot in initiative states, through the legislatures in states that don't have ballot initiatives, and ultimately to change federal policy to make GMO labels the law of the land.
There are few "controversial" issues in the United States on which there is so much agreement. Poll after poll has shown that upwards of 80% of consumers want to know whether their food was made with genetically modified organisms - that is, if they know that GMOs are in their food at all! The only reason there isn't more action on this issue is because most people - as many as three-quarters of us - don't know.
The best way to counter Monsanto's hush-money is with people-power!
The network of Millions Against Monsanto supporters is growing by the thousands every week and now includes nearly 580,000 people. Please help recruit supporters by asking your friends to join the following networks:
Your friends can join you in declaring support for labels on GMO food by signing the Millions Against Monsanto petition.
Earlier this year, we set a goal of 2300 supporters in each of the 435 Millions Against Monsanto Chapters by World Food Day 2011 (October 16), a day of action for truth in labeling and our right to know about GMOs in our food.
Join a World Food Day action or start your own.
Book of the Week
Help Us Build a Sustainable Future!
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This weeks featured book is... Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods
The biotech industry's claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe is shattered in this groundbreaking book. Nearly forty health risks of the foods that Americans eat every day are presented in easy-to-read two-page spreads. The left page is designed for the quick scanning reader; it includes bullets, illustrations, and quotes. The right side offers fully referenced text, describing both research studies and theoretical risks. It is presented in the clear, accessible style that made Jeffrey Smith's Seeds of Deception the world's best-selling book on genetically engineered foods.
The second half of Genetic Roulette explores why children are most at risk, how to avoid GM foods, false claims by biotech advocates, how industry research is rigged to avoid finding problems, why GM crops are not needed to feed the world, the economic losses associated with these crops, and more.
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