Organic Consumers Association

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  • October 7, 2015
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Katherine Paul

    The Monsanto public relations machine has done a stellar job in recent years of reducing the GMO debate to one that pits “pro-science advocates” against “anti-science climate-denier types”—with Monsanto portrayed as being squarely planted in the pro-science camp.
    But that well-oiled machine may be starting to sputter.
    Turns out that a Monsanto executive solicited pro-GMO articles from university researchers, and passed the “research” off as independent science which the biotech giant then used to prop up its image and further its agenda.
    We know this, thanks to thousands of pages of emails obtained by US Right to Know,  under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  And because a host of news outlets—including the New York Times, the Boston Globe,  Bloomberg, the StarPhoenix  and others—are now running with the story.

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  • October 6, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine—A bipartisan group of 95 state lawmakers (representing 21 states) who have either sponsored state GMO labeling bills, or supported state GMO labeling ballot initiatives or bans on GMO crops, have signed on to a joint letter asking Congress to oppose H.R. 1599, or any other federal law that would preempt states’ rights to enact GMO labeling laws.

    In their letter, the lawmakers argue that states have a constitutional right to pass GMO labeling laws, as affirmed by a District Court in April with regard to Vermont’s labeling law.  They also reject claims by supporters of H.R. 1599 that state GMO labeling laws would create a “messy patchwork” of laws that would be burdensome for food manufacturers.

    Maine Rep. Michelle Dunphy (D-Old Town) is lead author of the letter. Rep. Dunphy is also lead sponsor of Maine’s LD 991, a bill before the Maine state legislature that would speed enactment of Maine’s existing GMO labeling law (LD 718) by repealing the clause requiring five contiguous states, including Maine, to pass GMO labeling laws before GMO labeling can be enacted in Maine.

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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 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.  

  • 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.

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