First, they injure us with their GMOs and toxic pesticides. Then they insult our intelligence.
Unable to reach a compromise and/or get the votes they needed this week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry postponed action on a federal bill to preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law until Tuesday, March 1.
But it’s only a matter of time. Sen. Pat Roberts' (R-Kan.) bill to kill GMO labeling will likely be the subject of a heatedAg Committee debate next week, when Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and others will push for a compromise aimed at keeping Vermont’s law from taking effect July 1.
Perpetrators of the bill, which is full of holes according to this latest legal analysis, are having trouble gaining bipartisan support.
Meanwhile USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Rep. Robert Alderholt (R-Ala.) and Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) were making the media rounds, spreading lies and fear, extolling the virtues of GMOs, and insulting the intelligence of consumers by claiming that we “just need more education.”
Vilsack told PoliticoPro this week that if Vermont’s law isn’t stopped it will "create chaotic circumstances" for the food industry—curious, given that none of the other 100-plus state food labeling laws have ever caused chaos. Later the same day, Vilsack insulted consumers when he told Agri-Pulse:
“This very system-which produces the most abundant, the highest quality, and the most affordable food supply in the world-will be threatened with large economic costs without a national uniform solution to the biotech labeling issue.”
Vilsack also raised the bogus cost issue again, even though it’s been debunked time and again, and finally put to rest by Campbell’s Soup Co.’s announcement that it will label GMO foods at no cost to consumers.
Alderholt also chimed in on the “education of consumers." He was quoted in PoliticoPro telling the FDA and other federal agencies that they “need to do a better job educating consumers on the safety of GMO foods.”
Ag Committee member Donnelly also spoke to PolitcoPro this week, and like Stabenow, pushed for a compromise that would include a combination of delaying Vermont and/or allowing food corporations to opt for QR codes instead of on-package labels.
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The timing couldn’t have been more fortuitous.
This year, Mercola.com’s annual GMO Awareness Week coincided with the heating up of the GMO labeling fight in the U.S. Senate. As always, OCA’s Ronnie Cummins participated in the national week of GMO education, by writing an essay and sitting down for an interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola.
Ronnie outlined the long and winding—and highly frustrating—road to where we are now in the GMO labeling fight.
But true to his optimistic faith in the power of the people to set the food and farming system back on the path to regeneration, Ronnie provided a list of steps consumers can take to fight back. They include the need to stop supporting politicians who are in bed with Monsanto and the Big Food/Junk Food pushers, and to get active, get organized, and share information about healthy food and natural health with everyone who will listen.
And of course, our favorite piece of advice: Don’t get mad. Get even. By boycotting GMO and factory-farmed food, clothing, and body care products
Read Ronnie’s essay
Watch Dr. Mercola’s video interview with Ronnie
By now, anyone paying attention sees through Monsanto’s fantasy tales of feeding the world, reducing pesticide use, providing safe and nutritious food.
Unfortunately, the producers of CBS Morning News are hopelessly gullible. How else to explain a recent segment full of fantasy, not facts?
A recent CBS Morning Show segment, “Digging for Seeds of Truth in the GMO Debate,” portrayed Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant as a champion of GMO labeling.
The popular Sunday morning show also perpetuated, among others, the myth that genetically engineered Golden Rice is saving millions of children from going blind.
And of course, there were all the usual unfounded claims about safety, nutrition and “not a single instance” of harm to the environment.
Is it too much to ask that “news” shows present the facts—instead of shilling for Monsanto?
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Some International health organizations claim that the Zika virus is at the root of the sudden explosion of children being born microcephaly, a condition that causes smaller than normal heads.
But some doctors argue that toxic chemicals—not the Zika virus—may be to blame for increased cases of this devastating birth defect.
OCA’s Alexis Baden-Mayer discusses the latest on the Zika virus on the Thom Hartmann show.
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It’s a mystery that we accept exposure to any toxic chemical, including pesticides, as just a normal part of life.
It’s even more alarming that we think we can mix up a toxic soup of chemicals, without increasing our risk.
We can’t, of course. Now, a new report by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles Sustainable Technology & Policy Program (STPP) warns just how bad an idea that is, especially for fumigants—pesticides that are sprayed directly on the soil, rather than on plants.
The researchers studied three fumigants—chlorpicrin,1,3-dichloropropene, and metam salts—and found that when mixed together, the chemicals can interact and become more toxic. Who ends up suffering the consequences? Farmworkers, schoolchildren and anyone unfortunate enough to live in neighborhoods where fumigants are sprayed.
How worried should we be? According to an article in Civil Eats:
Millions of pounds of these three pesticides are commonly used in combination to grow strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, grapes, nuts, and other crops. All together about 30 million pounds were used on California farm fields in 2013 alone and together they account for about a fifth of all pesticides used in [California].
Read the report
Seven years ago, OCA launched a project in Mexico, with a small budget and big dreams. Today that project, Vía Orgánica, includes a flourishing organic market and cafe in the UNESCO Heritage City of San Miguel de Allende, and a rapidly growing organic teaching farm and conference center a few miles outside the city.In April, OCA’s Ronnie Cummins and other Mexico-based staff will conduct a 10-day “immersion” ecotour of our Vía Orgánica project, designed to showcase the culture and organic movement in San Miguel and the surrounding central highlands of Mexico.This won’t be your typical tourist experience. Rather, you’ll be immersed in the organic regenerative farming and ranching experience, including spending some of your nights at our teaching farm. The trip will also include tours of San Miguel and other World Heritage sites, nature walks, horseback riding, a visit to the nearby natural hot springs, and organic farming and cooking workshops.It’s not too late to sign up for the April 22 - May 1 ecotour.Learn more, register, call or email
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