ESSAY OF THE WEEK

Exposed: Why You Should Boycott Farmed Salmon

British Columbia’s pacific salmon, considered an essential species for the ecosystem, have been disappearing since the early 1990s. Biologist Alex Morton, who has followed and studied the decline for nearly 30 years, knows who’s to blame: fish farms. It seems that when commercial fish farms moved into the area, the wild salmon became infected with a number of life-threatening conditions, including parasitic sea lice, the highly lethal “salmon influenza” and other viruses.

The Canadian government is covering up Morton’s research and trying to silence her.

Today, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is set to approve the first genetically engineered salmon for sale in the U.S. Over the objections of more than 40 members of Congress and half a million U.S. consumers, the FDA says the GE salmon poses no threat to the environment, because the fish will never escape their “farms.”

Watch this full-length documentary, and you’ll know why this is a dangerous decision. And why you want to avoid factory-farm fish.

Watch the documentary

 
 

ACTION ALERT

Frankenfish Could Be Approved Today!

DEADLINE TODAY: Tell the FDA to Reject Frankenfish!
 
Flawed studies. Opposition from more than 40 members of Congress. More than half a million public comments from outraged citizens. Still, the FDA today could approve the first genetically engineered animal destined for our dinner plates, a salmon now widely referred to as “Frankenfish.”

Scientists say Frankenfish hasn’t been adequately tested for human health or environmental safety. AquaBounty, creator of the AquAdvantage GE salmon, claims that the company’s process for raising GE fish is safer than traditional aquaculture. Yet documents released by the Canadian government show that a new strain of Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA), the deadly “flu” that has been devastating fish stocks around the world, contaminated the company’s Prince Edward Island facility in 2009. As a result, AquaBounty lost its “fish health” certificate, and was barred from exporting fish until the certificate was reinstated in November 2011. Conveniently, this information was missing from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s environmental assessment, released in December 2012.

If AquaBounty gets the green light for its Frankenfish, how many more GE animals will be on the menu? Untested? And unlabeled? Please sign the petition below. We’ll deliver the signatures before tonight’s deadline.
 
DEADLINE TODAY: Tell the FDA to Reject Frankenfish!

 
 

TRAITOR BOYCOTT

Show Us the Money!

TAKE ACTION: Boycott the Traitor Brands!
 
They sat idly by while their parent companies poured millions into defeating Proposition 37, the California Right to Know GMO Labeling initiative. Now, if they want our business, it’s time for the “Traitor Brands” to pony up financial support for I-522, a similar labeling initiative that will be on the ballot in November, in Washington State.

Thanks to all of you who boycotted the brands, wrote to the companies, and caused a ruckus on their Facebook pages, Big Food has taken note. Rumor has it that the parent companies, including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Unilver, General Mills and others, have broken off from Monsanto and won’t be dumping their profits into trying to defeat any more labeling initiatives. That’s progress, but it’s not enough. If brands like Naked Juice, Odwalla, Kashi, Knudsen, Ben & Jerry’s and others want us back, they need to show us the money. Starting in Washington State. Today. Until they do, let’s keep the pressure on!

TAKE ACTION: Boycott the Traitor Brands!

Download your wallet-sized boycott guide (PDF)
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Sign the boycott pledge
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What Motivates You?

If you’re reading this, you signed up for our newsletter at some point. Was it eight years ago, when the OCA was reporting on Mad Cow Disease, and exposing the USDA for inadequate testing of suspiciously ill animals? Or six years ago, when we sued Aurora Dairy for violating organic standards in 27 states? Or maybe you signed up three years ago, when we were fighting against GMO contamination of organics?

Or are you a recent subscriber, drawn to other like-minded consumers who are fed up with laws that favor corporations, and corporations that put profit ahead of public health?

We don’t know what motivates and inspires each one of you, individually. We suspect that collectively, you share our vision for something better. But we do know what motivates us: You. Every time you sign a petition, forward an action alert, share our articles on facebook, you let us know that the work we do matters. And the people we do this work for, are pulling right alongside us.

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ACTION ALERT

Fractured Farms + Fried Planet = No Food

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don’t Frack our Food and Farms!

Fracking and farming don’t mix. Farmers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota, West Virginia, Colorado and other states have lost soil quality, farm animals and their own health, thanks to contaminated water and air caused by the fracking of nearby land. If that weren’t bad enough, hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has become the second largest contributor of greenhouse gases in the U.S.

Now, the U.S. government is poised to auction off even more of California’s fertile farmlands to the oil and gas industry. This despite a federal judge’s ruling that says the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated environmental law when it previously auctioned off 1,750 square miles of California’s public lands to oil companies.
 
TAKE ACTION: Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don’t Frack our Food and Farms!

 
TONIGHT: Join OCA’s Facebook Rally Against Fracking!

The OCA is hosting a virtual rally on Facebook, tonight, April 25, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. You don’t even have to leave home. Just pop on to the OCA Facebook page, and join in the discussion. Learn more about how fracking has already ruined the lives of farmers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota, West Virginia and Colorado. And find out what you can do to stop fracking on California farmlands.

 
 

ORGANIC RETAILERS AND CONSUMERS ALLIANCE

Deadline Extended: Nominate Your Favorite Retailer!

PCC Natural Markets (Seattle): “I moved away from Seattle to New York two years ago, but I still retain my PCC membership (which I’ve had since 1979) and read their newsletters every month, and whenever I’m in Seattle, that’s where I go for groceries!”
– Nominated by Marilyn J. Taylor

You’ve responded so enthusiastically to our Top Ten ‘Right to Know’ Retailers contest that we’ve extended the deadline! We’ll accept nominations until midnight, May 15, and announce the winners on May 30.

So far, you’ve nominated a total of 135 farmers markets, co-ops and grocery stores. Thirty one of those stores have been nominated more than once, for a total of 224 nominations. We love reading the nominations and learning about how many stores are bucking the system by labeling GMOs and even banning them from their shelves. Keep the nominations coming!

See who’s been nominated, and nominate your grocer

 
 

NEW REPORT

Glyphosate (Roundup): Most Biologically Disruptive Chemical in Our Environment?

Monsanto wants you to believe that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is only “minimally toxic” to humans, whatever that means. But the most recent study on the most widely used herbicide in the world says, once again, otherwise. According to the report: Glyphosate residues found in the main foods of the Western diet – sugar, wheat, and genetically modified corn and soy – inhibit critical enzymes in mammals. Its negative impact on the body is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

Read the study (PDF)

 
 

LITTLE BYTES

Essential Reading for the Week

Analysis Finds 55% Ground Beef, 39% Chicken Contaminated with Superbugs

Fair Trade USA Undermines Fair Trade Principles and Producers to Accommodate Products Such as Hershey’s ‘Greenwashed’ Chocolate

Can Large-Scale Environmental Devastation Ever Be Reversed?

Small Farms Fight Back: Food and Community Self-Governance

Earth Balance Betrays Consumers with False Non-GMO and Organic Claims

Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly
 
 

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