Organic Consumers Association

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  • February 4, 2016
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Katherine Paul

    “Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.” – Lewis Carroll

    Yesterday (February 3, 2016), the Senate Ag Committee met, again, to discuss what to do about a federal standard for GMO labeling.

    Once again, Monsanto, Big Food and their devoted politicians in Washington D.C., engaged in another round of hand-wringing over what they claim will amount to doomsday for food companies: having to comply with Vermont’s GMO labeling law, by July 1.

    The argument they love to put forth is this: Requiring food companies to comply with state laws requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs will result in a nightmare of confusion and costs.

    The solution they put forth is this: a voluntary federal labeling law, preferably involving QR codes.

    The question we ask, over and over again: If you’re that concerned about slight variations in state GMO labeling laws, why not just pass a mandatory federal labeling law that meets or exceeds Vermont’s standards? That’s what consumers want. That’s what the citizens in more than 60 other countries already have.

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  • February 4, 2016
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Katherine Paul

    One of Monsanto’s favorite (false) claims is that the proliferation of GMO crops leads to reduced pesticide use. The latest study to refute that claim, published this week in Environmental Sciences Europe, says that glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since Monsanto’s "Roundup Ready" genetically engineered crops were introduced in 1996. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup).

    Monsanto also loves to falsely claim that glyphosate is harmless, despite study after study suggesting otherwise. Not to mention that last year the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

    How much should you care about a 15-fold increase in the use of glyphosate?

    "The dramatic and rapid growth in overall use of glyphosate will likely contribute to a host of adverse environmental and public health consequences," said Dr. Charles Benbrook, author of the new study.

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  • January 28, 2016

    OCA, along with our Regeneration International Project and  Vía Orgánica, our sister organization in Mexico. are now offering 10-day eco-tours in the central highlands of Mexico.

    Visit three World Heritage sites, including San Miguel de Allende. Take a trip to the hot springs. Participate in organic farm tours, trail rides, nature walks and organic farming and cooking workshops.

    You’ll spend most of your nights at Vía Orgánica’s teaching farm, just outside San Miguel, where you can join in lively discussions with OCA International Director, Ronnie Cummins, and other staff. It's a great way to build solidarity with the international organic food movement. 

    The Ecological Ranch serves as an educational farm and training center for farmers, students and activists in the organic food movement. The ranch includes a natural retreat center with adobe buildings, walking trails, solar power, rainwater catchment, and greywater and composting systems. 

    Tour dates are March 19-28 or April 22-May 1. Cost for accommodations and all-organic meals is $1250 per person.  Deadlines for registering are February 19 for the March 19 tour, and March 22 for the April 22 tour.

    For more information or to register contact:

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  • January 12, 2016
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Katherine Paul

    Spaghettios GMO Label

    Spaghettios GMO Label
    Text on label: Partially produced with genetic engineering.

    Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have long defended their die-hard positions against mandatory GMO labeling laws, often by feigning concern for the financial impact labeling laws would have on consumers. Labeling will be costly for manufacturers, who will pass those costs on to consumers, our opponents consistently argue, despite studies suggesting otherwise.

    As if concern for consumers’ wallets had anything to do with Big Food’s determination to deceive.

    So the first question we asked the Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) last week, following the announcement  that Campbell’s will label all of its products that contain GMOs, was this: Will you charge more for these products after you label them?

    No, the company said.

    Campbell’s is the first major food company to break ranks with the biotech and food industries on the issue of mandatory labeling of GMOs.  We don’t yet know how the decision will play out over time.

    But this much we know: The sky will not fall.

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  • January 7, 2016
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Katherine Paul

    We’ve all grown accustomed to the steady parade of television ads—$3 billion year worth, by some estimates—urging us to “ask our doctors” about the latest miracle drug. Pharmaceutical ads have been commonplace since the 1990s, after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the way for prescription drug companies to aggressively market their wares directly to consumers.

    Wisdom and ethics aside, it’s easy to see why Big Pharma would push pills to humans, to treat human ailments. It’s big money.
    But a drug company that makes animal drugs, purchased not by consumers but by factory farms, advertising direct to consumers who will never actually purchase those drugs? How does that make sense?
    If you’re Elanco, the $2.3-billion animal drug division of Eli Lilly, you make it seem sensible by spinning the message. In Elanco’s case, the message is this: Without our animal drugs, the world will starve.

    It’s a message that paints the drug maker as an altruistic savior, instead of the profit-motivated animal abuser and public health threat it actually is.

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  • The Millions Against Monsanto Campaign was started by OCA in the mid 1990s to fight back against Monsanto and the other Biotech Bullies responsible for poisoning our food and environment.

  • Protect bees and other pollinators by choosing organic food, grown without toxic insecticides, and by planting bee-friendly gardens.

  • Industrial agriculture, with its factory farms, GMO monculture crops and toxic chemicals, is one of the leading causes of global warming. You can help cool the planet by choosing organic foods, grown using sustainable, regenerative farming practices.  

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