Organic Consumers Association

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  • September 25, 2015

    Ever since the House passed H.R. 1599, the DARK—Deny Americans the Right to Know—Act on July 23, we’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    We won’t have to wait much longer.

    Word is out that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which helped Monsanto write the DARK Act, has scheduled a lobbying day for October 7.

    And the DARK Act is set to be heard by the Senate Agriculture Committee, likely the week beginning October 5.

    As the July 1, 2016 deadline to comply with Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law draws dangerously close, Monsanto grows increasingly desperate. We expect a fierce battle in the Senate.

    We have nearly $70,000 to go to meet our current fundraising goal by midnight September 30. We'll use the money to fight H.R. 1599 in the Senate. Can you make a donation today? Every donation, large or small, helps.

    TAKE ACTION: You can donate online, by phone or by mail—details here.

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  • Ever wonder why it’s so difficult to find locally produced meat? And why it’s so expensive?
    It’s because USDA regulations have stacked the deck in favor of factory farms, not local producers.

    There’s a bill before Congress, H.R. 3187, the PRIME—Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption—Act, that would allow farmers to sell locally produced beef, pork and lamb within state lines, without having to first ship their animals hundreds or thousands of miles to a dwindling number of USDA-approved processing facilities.

    The PRIME Act is good for local farmers, and good for consumers.
    Factory farms are destructive on every level—they pollute our waterways, produce unhealthy meat full of antibiotics and hormones, emit massive amounts of greenhouse gases, and cause needless suffering to animals. The PRIME Act would help promote a more humane, environmentally responsible way to provide consumers with meat from their local farmers.

    TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Please Support the PRIME Act (H.R. 3187) So Consumers Can Support Local Farms, Not Factory Farms

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  • September 10, 2015
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins

    Something is going to happen. If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.

    So we were told recently by a Senate staffer, during one of the many meetings we’ve held with Senators to urge them to reject H.R. 1599, or what we refer to as the DARK—Deny Americans the Right to Know—Act.

    Could that comment mean Monsanto is cooking up another “sneak attack,” similar to the one it conducted in 2013, that led to passage of the Monsanto Protection Act? Only this time, the sneak attack would be aimed at stomping out the GMO labeling movement?

    It wouldn’t surprise us. A quick look at the lay of the land reveals that Monsanto and Big Food have several opportunities to rush the DARK Act into law, without a hearing or a full vote in the Senate.

    How likely is that to happen? The jury is still out. But this much we know: Monsanto and Big Food are nothing if not opportunists.

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  • September 6, 2015
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Katherine Paul

    On August 27 (2015), we published an action alert asking consumers to ask Burt’s Bees to cut ties with the corporations that make neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonics are a class of pesticides implicated in the mass die-off of honeybees.

    We also asked that instead of supporting research (through the Pollinator Partnership) on other causes of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), or research on alternative pesticides, Burt’s Bees use its corporate clout to demand that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ban the use of neonics.

    Our action alert prompted an angry phone call from the executive director of the Pollinator Partnership. Burt’s Bees also responded, by setting up an auto-reply email (which many of you received) defending the brand’s participation in the Pollinator Partnership, and insisting that the Burt’s Bees brand is dedicated to protecting pollinators.

    We stand by the alert, which as of September 7, had generated almost 18,000 emails to Burt’s Bees. Here’s why.

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  • September 3, 2015
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Ronnie Cummins

    Welcome to Degeneration Nation. After decades of self-destructive business-as-usual, we’ve reached a new low, physically and morally. 
    Distracted by know-nothing media conglomerates and betrayed by cowardly politicians and avaricious corporations, homo sapiens are facing, and unfortunately in many cases still denying, the most serious existential threat in our 200,000 year evolution—catastrophic climate change. Unless we move decisively as a global community to transform our degenerative food, farming and energy systems, we are doomed.
    To reverse global warming and restabilize the climate, we will need not only to slash CO2 emissions by 90 percent or more, taking down King Coal and Big Oil and converting to renewable sources of energy, but we must also simultaneously remove or draw down 100-150 ppm of the excess (400 ppm) CO2 and greenhouse gases that are already overheating our supersaturated atmosphere. How do we accomplish the latter? Through regenerative agriculture and land use. 
    Fortunately, this is possible because more and more consumers are connecting the dots between what’s on their dinner plates and what’s happening to Planet Earth. They, along with environmentalists, animal rights, food justice, climate and health activists, have created a global grassroots movement aimed at dismantling our destructive, degenerative industrial food and farming system. And despite Big Food’s desperate attempts to maintain the status quo, this powerful movement is escalating the war on degeneration.

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  • 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.  

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

  • 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.

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