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Occupy Monsanto, Frankenfish, and Fake Natural Foods
#300, October 27, 2011
In this issue:
Quote of the Week
Monsanto Exec Admits that Nature Is Smarter Than Biotech
"You don't need [biotech] for something that nature has already figured out."
- Consuelo Madre, vice president of Monsanto's global vegetable group, explaining why the company was using conventional breeding rather than genetic engineering to produce its vegetable seeds, in "Sprouting a New Line of Produce Seeds," by P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times, October 20, 2011.
Huffstutter also points out that using traditional techniques allows Monsanto to "avoid the financial and consumer hurdles that would inevitably come with rolling out genetically engineered produce for a grocery store."
Call to Action from OCA Director Ronnie Cummins for the 2012 CA "Right2Know" Ballot Initiative
Signature gathering will begin the last week of December but we are already mobilizing volunteers in CA, planning activist training meetings, and building grassroots support.
Click here to volunteer!
Visit the OCF Ballot Initiative Website for more information
Label GMOs 2012: All Eyes on the California "Right2Know" Ballot Initiative
Our best chance to win GMO labels in 2012 is to pass a California "Right2Know" ballot initiative. We're still at the very beginning of the process. The coalition has just filed initiative language this week, we need thousands of volunteers to gather signatures, and we're going to have to raise several million dollars to make the campaign successful. But, we're on the right track. This is the first step to taking down Monsanto.
Volunteer (CA only)
Meet Jeffrey Smith & learn how you can help end the genetic engineering of our food supply (events in Los Angeles, Pomona, San Diego & San Francisco).
Support the OCA
Stop Monsanto and Move the Organic Revolution Forward
Since the first battle over organic standards in 1998, OCA has been "growing the revolution" - fighting against genetically engineered foods, 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 step up our efforts and move the Organic Revolution forward, but OCA needs your financial support to do so.
Occupy Wall Street: For An Organic, Sustainable Revolution
When corporate money grinds the gears of democracy to a halt, when war is perpetual and economic crises are unending, individual demonstrations just aren't going to do it, it's time to dig in and make the protest permanent.
What better way to do that than with permaculture! Mobile Design Lab, Time's Up and the NYC Trash Network are on the scene at Occupy Wall Street with:
- a grey water system to recycle water used to wash dishes at the occupation's Food Not Bombs kitchen
urban guerrilla gardening "seed bomb" workshops
a pedal powered battery recharging station
furniture, hand built from found materials
More information, including photos and an inspiring video
Stop Frankenfish & Farmed Salmon Drug Factories!
If you've read our article "The 10 Freakiest Things About Frankenfish," you're probably saying, "OK, you got me at 'Frankenfish.' I'm not eating GMO salmon!" But, if you need one more reason to tell the Obama Administration not to give AquaBounty's eelpout-salmon combo the green light, consider this:
AquaBounty salmon grow deformed and diseased because their DNA is scrambled and they mature at an unnaturally fast rate. Then, these mutant aquatic lifeforms have to be raised in in-land tanks to reduce the chance that they'll escape and decimate wild salmon populations. The fish farms they'll be raised in will be virtual drug factories; loads of antibiotics will be used just to keep the fish alive until harvest.
Stop Illegal Frankensugar!
What's worse than the USDA approving a new GMO? Doing it illegally!
In September 2009, the Center for Food Safety won an important legal victory when a federal court told the USDA they had approved Monsanto's RoundUp Ready (pesticide tolerant) sugar beets illegally, stating that "the
potential elimination of a farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food, is an action that potentially eliminates or reduces the availability of a particular plant and has a significant effect on the human environment." The court ordered the USDA to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and ordered farmers to pull GMO sugar beets from their fields and Monsanto to halt the sale of their seeds.
But during this case's appeal, the USDA defied the court order went ahead and illegally approved 2011-2012 planting of GE sugar beets without the court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement. The Center for Food Safety is fighting that decision in separate litigation that is ongoing in the District of Columbia.
Now, even as Monsanto has saturated the market with USDA-approved illegal sugar beet seeds that will inevitably contaminate organic seed growers of a variety of related crops, the USDA has published the Environmental Impact Statement ordered in 2009. The only good news is that this opened up another 60 day public comment period.
We have until December 13 to tell the USDA that we want our choice to eat organic and non-GMO crops protected!
WORLD FOOD DAY
World Food Day 2011
Check out our World Food Day wrap-up page, with the best photos, videos, and stories from Millions Against Monsanto activists around the country.
Reports continue to stream in, but we still haven't heard from some of the 85 cities where Millions Against Monsanto World Food Day events were held.
If you haven't already, please send alexis[a]organiccconsumers.org your videos so they can be added to the World Food Day 2011 playlist on the Organic Consumers' YouTube Channel.
Post your photos to the Right2Know About GMOs Flickr group and they will be automatically added to the slideshow on our Millions Against Monsanto page.
Video of the Week
So-Called "Natural" Cereals with GMOs?
Federal law requires that organic food products be produced promoting ecological sustainability, without the toxic inputs and genetically engineered ingredients common in the conventional food system.
Increasingly, organic products are forced to compete with products that claim to be "natural".
There are no guidelines or restrictions for foods labeled "natural". The term often indicates nothing more than meaningless marketing hype promoted by corporate interests seeking to cash in on the consumer desire for food produced in a genuinely sustainable manner.
A new video from the Cornucopia Institute explores the vast differences between organic cereal and granola products and so-called natural products, which contain ingredients grown on conventional farms where the use of toxic pesticides and genetically engineered organisms is widespread.
Court Loss Won't Stop Environmentalists' Battle Against Modified Eucalyptus Trees
Occupy the Food System!
Food System Pays Dearly as Wall Street Occupies Washington
25 People Who Are Changing the World - Maine Farmer Who's Standing Up to Monsanto Is One of Them
MEXICO: Transgenic Cotton Harbours Hidden Dangers
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