TOP NEWS OF THE WEEK

Send in the (Pro-GMO) Clowns

Oops. Don’t bother. They’re here.

As promised, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), the Congressman from Koch Industries, has introduced a federal bill to keep labels off GMO-contaminated foods. And he’s recruited a few fellow clowns, um, colleagues to stick out their necks along with him.

They’re calling it the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014." Of course, it’s anything but.

In a call promoting the bill, Pompeo said the “scientific community has spoken with one voice.” He went on to say: “There is not a single example” of anyone getting sick after eating food made with GMOs.”

Either Rep. Pompeo lacks the intelligence required to understand what “long-term” negative health impact means. Or he thinks you do.

The scientific community has not spoken with one voice.

Genetic engineering is not what’s needed to feed the world.

Genetic engineering has led to an increase in the amount of pesticides and herbicides used to grow food.

And those toxic chemicals are making us sick.

H.R. 4432 would lead to a useless “voluntary” federal labeling standard for GMOs. It would prohibit states from passing their own mandatory GMO labeling laws.

And it would allow food manufacturers to use the word “natural” on products that contain GMOs.

This is a law written by pesticide and junk food manufacturers. Sponsored by members of Congress whose nests are feathered by the likes of Monsanto and Coca-Cola.

This week, Vermont moved closer to passing the country’s first no-strings-attached law requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.

H.R. 4432 seeks to take away Vermonters’ right to enact that law.

This is an attack on consumer rights. On public health. On democracy.

Together, we will stop it.

NEW! TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Representative: Don’t Support Big Food’s Bill to Kill GMO Labeling Laws!

TAKE ACTION: Tell the FDA: No Watered-Down, Voluntary Federal GMO Labeling Rules!

TAKE ACTION: Tell Michelle Obama: Consumers Want Labels on Genetically Modified Foods!

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014

Pompeo Dear Colleague letter

 
 

ACTION ALERT

If It Walks Like a GMO . . .

When you buy a certified organic product, you know it’s GMO-free—because genetic engineering isn’t allowed in organic.

You also know the product and its ingredients haven’t been irradiated. Because irradiation is also banned from the USDA Organic certification rules.

But here’s something you probably don’t know. USDA Organic rules do allow something called mutagenesis in organic. Even though mutagenesis is a form of genetic modification. Involving radiation.

Mutagenesis is a method of plant breeding that involves subjecting plants to radiation, or dousing them in chemicals, in a way that scrambles their genes in order to produce new traits. The goal is to produce plants suitable for modern industrial agriculture, where crops are grown in vast monocultures with the aid of chemicals and machinery.

If that sounds a lot like genetic engineering, it’s because it is.

We don’t think mutagenesis should be allowed in organic. But if we want it out, we have to convince the National Organic Program to change its mind—and call for a change in the regulations governing organics.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA National Organic Program: Mutagenesis Doesn’t Belong in Organic!

 
 

ACTION ALERT

Hey McDonald’s, Detox Your Taters!

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if you spray pesticides, and the wind is blowing, those pesticides are gonna drift.

A group of Minnesotans calling themselves the Toxic Taters Coalition is tired of putting up with toxic chemicals and pesticides drifting into their yards, schools and farms—the result of the frequent spraying of potato fields by companies growing non-organic potatoes.

The coalition says it’s time for McDonald’s—the largest buyer of potatoes in the U.S.—to keep the promise it made in 2009 to reduce pesticide use in the production of the company’s famous fries. How? By demanding that the companies that supply its potatoes, like R.D. Offutt Company (RDO), change their ways.

McDonald’s buys more than 3.4 billion pounds of U.S.-grown potatoes every year. The multi-billion dollar fast food chain has the power to create change in potato-producing regions all across the country. All it has to do is require its potato suppliers to implement proven strategies to reduce the use of pesticides.

It’s time to get potatoes off of the list of the top 10 toxic fruits and vegetables. And McDonald’s can help.

TAKE ACTION: Tell McDonald’s: Stop Toxic Pesticide Drift. Require Your Potato Producers to Reduce Pesticide Use.

More information here

Watch the Toxic Taters video

 
 

SUPPORT THE OCA & OCF

We Will Not Be Muzzled

Monsanto has a long and storied history of discrediting (and silencing) any scientist who dares expose the company’s lies about the “safety” of its genetically engineered crops.

It’s a little tougher for the Biotech Bully to silence consumers. At least, not without spending a lot of money.

We saw it in California. We saw it in Washington State. Two citizen ballot initiatives to require mandatory labeling of GMOs, narrowly defeated. By $70 million of industry money.

Now the money is pouring into Jackson County, Ore., where citizens wanting to protect their farms and families have launched an initiative to ban GMO crops. $455,000 so far. In a county with a population of under 207,000 people.

Monsanto and friends will keep digging into their pockets. Because they’re terrified we’re going to win.

And we are. Sooner or later. In one state, one county, after another.

Because we will not be muzzled.

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 Oregon, Vermont and other states)

 
 

NEW STUDY

Roundup Ready Breast Milk?

It’s only a small pilot study. But the numbers are alarming. And the implications profound.

In the first testing done of its kind, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse found high levels of glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, in the breast milk of American women.

The pilot study has led to funding for further, more extensive testing. But the key take-away is this. For years, Monsanto has claimed that Roundup does not accumulate in human tissue. This study contradicts that claim.

Learn more

Full testing report

Read the OCA press release

 
 

ORGANIC TRANSITIONS

Save Your Life. Save the Earth.

Americans spend less than seven percent of their income at the grocery store. On average, that’s about $151 per week.

All that cheap food is costing us.

Non-organic foods—foods grown with massive amounts of chemical fertilizers, and toxic pesticides and herbicides—might come with a lower sticker price. But that doesn’t mean they actually cost less.

Next time someone tells you they “can’t afford” to buy organic, share this video of OCA National Director, Ronnie Cummins, and Will Allen, owner of Cedar Circle Farm Vermont.

Watch the interview

 
 

Video of the Week

Surfing for Change

Listen to the answers people give when they’re asked “What’s a GMO”?

We still have a lot of educating to do—even in Hawaii, the testing ground for so many genetically engineered crops.

Watch the video

More on the anti-GMO movement in Hawaii

 
 

LITTLE BYTES

Essential Reading for the Week

Muzzled by Monsanto

Are Secret, Dangerous Ingredients in Your Food?

Call Climate Change What It Is: Violence

How the Corporate Takeover of Society Is Leaving Us Feeling Empty inside

Monsanto Killing Bees?

10 Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage (with Charts)

 
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