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36,075 and Counting... Can We Count on You?
This week, OCA launched a SignOn petition asking Michelle Obama to tell the President it’s high time he honored his campaign promise to label GMOs. We don’t know if Mrs. Obama or the President will do the right thing, but we do know this: If we can get 200,000 signatures, we will hand deliver this petition to the White House. And we’ll make sure we have plenty of media on hand to record the event.
Why does this petition matter? We want to generate awareness of - and support for - Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. We want to publicly remind President Obama of two things: First, that more than 90% of Americans - the people who elected him President - want GMOs labeled. Second, that in 2007, he made this promise:
“We’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified, because Americans should know what they’re buying.”
We want voters in California to know that the whole country is behind them on this. And most of all, we want them to get out and vote!
Michelle Obama says she wants to end childhood obesity and she wants kids to eat more nutritious foods. GMOs have been linked to obesity, and there’s nothing nutritious about them. So we’re asking her to remind the President of his promise and to support Prop 37 which, if passed, will be this country’s first GMO labeling law.
Please help us reach 200,000 signatures by Oct. 1. Sign and share this petition today!
Sign the petition here
Watch the video of President Obama on the campaign trail here
Stop Bayer's New GMO Franken-Soy!
Bayer's petition to force its new controversial herbicide (isoxaflutole) tolerant soy on the market conceals crucial information on potential allergenicity and toxicity that came to light when EU experts examined the GMO soybean.
Let the USDA know that Bayer's petition for approval is inadequate and unacceptable!
Video of the Week
'Trust Me': Prop 37 Rolls Out its First TV Commercial
We can trust corporate America, right? Tobacco, DDT, Agent Orange... and now, GMOs.
Please share this 30-second video with everyone you know. Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. Let's go viral!
Watch the ad here
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Who’s More Powerful than Monsanto? You!
The campaign to defeat GMO labeling in California may have $25 million in its war chest, but we’ve got something better: You. You and millions like you – from all over the country – who are raising money, signing petitions, handing out leaflets, making phone calls, writing letters, putting up yard signs, and telling the Biotech Giants in no uncertain terms: We’re done with you and your bullying.
After failed attempts in numerous states to pass GMO labeling laws, we are looking at the best chance we’ll ever have to win. How did we get this far? Not with the help of huge corporate donations. Not with the help of politicians. Not with the odds on our side.
We got this far because of the power of grassroots organizing, the power of truth, and the power of millions of people like you, pitching in to raise enough money to show the Biotech Bullies that we are serious.
Thanks to everyone who’s pitched in so far. For those who haven’t, please donate today and become a part of something more powerful than corporate tyranny!
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our public education work against GMOs and chemical food, and our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and sustainable farming)
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in California and other states)
Straight from the Farmer's Mouth: What Farmers Really Think About Monsanto and GMOs
The Biotech Giants monopolize seeds and crops. They sue organic and conventional farmers whose fields become contaminated by nearby GMO crops. Yet the folks running the campaign opposing Prop 37 and GMO labeling have the audacity to pretend that they're looking out for America's farmers. Will Allen, a farmer for more than 40 years, exposes their phony concerns.
Read Will's article here
Join Ronnie Cummins and Leading Organic Activists at the National Heirloom Seed Exposition: September 11-13, in Santa Rosa, California
The National Heirloom Exposition is a national conference and exhibition focusing on organic food and farming, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. The first annual event, held September 2011, in Santa Rosa, California, drew more than 10,000 people from around the country and beyond. With more than 70 speakers and 250 natural food vendors, this year's event will be the largest gathering in pure food history!
The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public - it's heralded as the “World’s Fair” of heirloom seeds. This year, join OCA Director Ronnie Cummins, along with Carlo Petrini, Jeffrey Smith, Percy Schmeiser and more at the 2012 National Heirloom Expo!
Musically Modified: September 9th Benefit Concert for Prop 37
Announcing Musically Modified, a musical benefit concert to promote awareness of genetically modified foods and support for Proposition 37, the California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. Musically Modified, featuring Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Makepeace Brothers, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Chris Cain and Rob Herring, will be held at The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, California on September 9th, 2012. The evening begins with a pure food feast featuring Mateos Granados and the Santa Rosa Farmers Market. OCA Director Ronnie Cummins will be there to fire up the crowd with a rabble-rousing speech about Prop 37. Tickets are on sale now and are sure to sell out!
Get your tickets here
If you don't live near Santa Rosa, we invite you to gift a volunteer a ticket to the concert. The California Right To Know volunteers have been working solid for over 8 months, from gathering almost a million signatures to get Prop 37 on the ballot, to hosting educational workshops, and promoting the Prop 37 message in the field and online. Volunteers would welcome an opportunity to celebrate and get educated on the final stretch of this historic campaign!
Gift a ticket here
Friends and Foes of Your Right to Know:
Cornucopia’s Chart Shines the Spotlight on Major Donors to the California Ballot Initiative
Essential Reading for the Week
Dr. Mercola Interviews Ronnie Cummins on the California Ballot Initiative
The Spirit of John Lennon Lives: Destroying Precious Land to Drill for Gas
Methane’s Contribution to Global Warming Is Worse than You Thought
If You’re Going to Eat Meat: Top 10 Reasons to Eat Grass-Fed Meat
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