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Urgent Call to Action from Oregon!
In a decision that poses an immediate threat to Oregon’s seed growers and organic vegetable producers, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has fast-tracked the approval of canola production in Willamette Valley.
On Friday, August 10, the ODA – in response to the biofuel industry - intends to file for a temporary rule to allow the growing of canola, including genetically engineered canola, in a previously designated protection zone surrounding Willamette Valley. This decision was made after a series of meetings held behind closed doors to allow GM canola to be grown in the valley unchecked and with disregard to existing seed pinning map isolation guidelines.
Tell ODA to HALT the temporary rulemaking process!
Why is this important? Willamette Valley is the perfect environment for growing the specialty seed, brassicas, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, rutabaga, turnip, radish, kale, cabbage, etc. Canola is also a brassica but spreads rampantly and cross pollinates with a lot of other brassicas, causing contamination and destruction of other seed crops. Oregon State University has conducted research proving that canola will cross pollinate with many different crops including turnips, broccoli raab, some kales, rutabaga, and possibly radish and broccoli.
Willamette Valley is one of the top 5 places in the world for growing and supplying specialty seed and maintaining seed diversity. The Valley’s seed growers supply seed to companies around the world, especially those that grow non-GMO food.
Whether or not you live in Oregon, please contact the ODA and Governor Kitzhaber yourself and make your voice heard! This decision will have an impact far beyond this one state. And help us spread the word!
Remember, we only have until this Friday, August 10th to change this decision!
Say It Isn’t So: Organic Brands Backing the Campaign to Defeat GMO Labeling
Donations are pouring into the campaign to defeat Prop 37. Among the big donors are companies like J.M. Smucker, Hormel Foods, Kellogg Co., Coca-Cola North America and PepsiCo. – companies that make a fortune marketing ‘natural’ and organic brands with slogans like “We’re good to the earth.”
Odwalla. Cascadian Farms. R.W. Knudsen. Horizon. That’s just the short list of brands owned by companies willing to spend thousands of dollars to keep you from knowing what’s in your food.
Read the list here
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Back By Popular Demand! OCA's Very Own 'Old Monsanto Had a Farm' Video!
Farming ain't what it used to be. We've taken the lyrics to a classic children's song and rewritten them for the age of Big Ag and GMOs. Enjoy the new tune. Then like it, share it, tweet it, forward it to a friend!
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in California and other states)
September 17, 2012: Occupy Monsanto's Global Week of Action
Organic Consumers Association and Millions Against Monsanto are working with the Occupy Monsanto network to organize protests and direct action at Monsanto facilities during the September 17th Global Week of Action Against Monsanto.
Click here to join an existing Genetic Crimes Unit or organize your own occupation and Occupy Monsanto will send you your very own GCU action toolkit. Genetic Crimes Units are autonomous Occupy Monsanto affinity groups who will carry out "decontamination" events during the Global Week of Action against Monsanto.
No Monsanto facilities nearby? How about congregating at Dow, Syngenta or one of the other Biotech Bullies' offices?
Occupy not your style? How about organizing a Millions Against Monsanto rally or event?
Take your group to your state capital and rally for GMO labels. Host a film screening and discussion of Bitter Seeds or the World According to Monsanto. Set up a table at your local farmer's market and tell people about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Visit the retail store where you buy your organic food and get them to endorse Proposition 37, the California Ballot Initiative to label GMOs. Hit the sidewalks and gather signatures for our Truth-in-Labeling petition - we are very close to our goal of one million national signers!
Whatever you decide to do, contact us for flyers, posters and petitions and tell us about your event so we can help you mobilize.
Click here to sign up your event and request materials
Volunteer - Ask Your Organic Retailer or Market to Endorse Prop 37, the California Ballot Initiative to Label GMO Foods!
OCA is asking the organic community to volunteer - in California and nationwide - to approach the manager or owner of the retail store, CSA, food co-op, restaurant or farmer's market where you regularly buy your organic food and ask them to join the more than 100 retail stores and coops that have already publicly endorsed Prop 37, the California Ballot Initiative to label genetically engineered foods and ban the routine industry practice of marketing GMO-tainted foods as "natural." We need thousands of volunteers to ask their local health food stores to endorse Prop 37, distribute our educational materials for their customers, and donate to the California Right to Know campaign. Please be a part of this historic initiative!
Hundreds have already signed up in the last week, but the CA campaign needs everyone's help! Please sign up here to volunteer and we will contact you and supply you with endorsement posters, educational flyers and instructions for endorsing and collecting donations.
Read Ronnie Cummins' Open Letter to the Organic Community here
Please sign up here to volunteer!
Mariel Hemingway Seeks Support for #StopMonsanto Film Project
OCA caught up with actress Mariel Hemingway last week to talk about #StopMonsanto, a film project she's raising money for on indiegogo.com. The script is ready to go, but Hemingway and her partners need to raise the money to produce it. The film tells the story of five young activists who protest Monsanto by way of a series of stunts that eventually lead to tragedy.
"Monsanto needs to take responsibility for the damage to our future - to our crops, our farmers, our health," said Hemingway. "As Americans, we're supposed to be free and democratic. We need to say something, we need to require these chemical companies to take responsibility. The stronghold these companies have on our politicians is disturbing and scary."
The group needs to raise a considerable amount of money by August 31 in order to produce the film.
Read OCA's interview with Hemingway here
Support the #StopMonsanto film project here
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