Climate Chaos, Immigration, Mad Scientists


#222, April 29, 2010

Health, Justice and Sustainability News
from the Organic Consumers Association

Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins


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Quote of the Week

"Will an undocumented immigrant from Ireland be accosted? Probably not. Will Latino fathers bringing their sons to Little League baseball camp be targeted? Perhaps. Will the thousands of farm workers who harvest our food be automatic suspects? Certainly."

-Statement from United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez regarding Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's decision to sign Senate Bill 1070 targeting immigrants in Arizona, 4/22/10



Mad Science: Climate Chaos and Geoengineering

Monsanto, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Bill Gates and a swarm of get-rich-quick corporations are telling anxious world politicians and the Obama Administration not to worry about impending climate catastrophe. They'll take care of the problem with genetically engineered crops, animals, and trees; agrofuels derived from plantations of GMO corn and soybeans and monoculture plantations of sugar cane and palm oil; and other hi-tech, potentially apocalyptic schemes such as blasting sulfate particles into the stratosphere to reflect the sun's rays; dumping iron particles in the oceans to nurture CO2-absorbing plankton; and firing silver iodide into clouds to produce rain.



Supreme Court Sees No Problem with Genetic Pollution from Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

In the first Supreme Court case dealing with the hazards of genetically engineered crops, a federal court injunction against Monsanto's genetically engineered alfalfa, the justices showed little concern about the safety or inevitable genetic pollution of biotech crops. Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that the threat to conventional or organic growers was minor and manageable.

"It makes it more difficult for them (farmers not planting Monsanto's GMO alfalfa) to have a field of 100 percent non-genetically engineered (alfalfa), but that's not the end of the world," Scalia said.



OCA Needs Your Help to Spread the Organic Revolution (with Bumperstickers!)


OCA and our international network of organic consumers and farmers understand that we have a positive life-affirming solution for the global food, health, and climate crisis: organic food, farming, and ranching. But to get out our all-important message we need your support. Please send us a tax-deductible donation today. All donations this week will receive a Millions Against Monsanto bumpersticker! Please donate and write "Monsanto Sticker" in the comments field to receive your sticker.



Alert of the Week: OCA Calls for Consumer and Tourist Boycott of Arizona

Stand up for human rights, boycott Arizona!

Arizona's controversial Senate Bill 1070 is a law that legalizes and promotes racial profiling. SB 1070 undermines basic civil rights in the United States, obliging law enforcement agencies to demand documentation from all (non-white) people who might be undocumented workers or immigrants lacking a visa.

Please join us in telling Gov. Brewer that consumers and tourists will boycott Arizona until this unjust law is repealed.



Help OCA Get 35,000 Facebook Fans!

There’s a lot happening on OCA’s Facebook Fan Page these days. We have over 25,000 fans and add close to 1,000 more each week!
There’s a lot of fun discussion and it’s a good place to catch up on food and farming related news.

Just for fun, we have set a goal to have 35,000 Facebook fans, but we need your help. If you’re on Facebook, become a fan! Recommend us to your friends on Facebook!



Survey: Do You Support the Rights of Mother Earth?

During his presentation at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, President Evo Morales of Bolivia proposed a global referendum that would tackle the root causes of climate change. Below are the questions he proposed.

  • 1. Do you agree with re-establishing harmony with nature while recognizing the rights of Mother Earth? YES or NO
  • 2. Do you agree with changing this model of over-consumption and waste that the capitalist system represents? YES or NO
  • 3. Do you agree that developed countries reduce and re-absorb their domestic greenhouse gas emissions so that the temperature does not rise more than 1 degree Celsius? YES or NO
  • 4. Do you agree with transferring all that is spent in wars to protecting the planet and allocate a budget for climate change that is bigger than what is used for defense? YES or NO
  • 5. Do you agree with a Climate Justice Tribunal to judge those who destroy Mother Earth? YES or NO

If you agree with these propositions, please circulate widely and click here.



Video of the Week: Bolivia's Answer to the UN Climate Summit

From April 17-24, more than 35,000 grassroots delegates from 140 nations, representing social movements and small farmer organizations, traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia for the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.   This “People’s Climate Summit” represents an alternative to the failed December 2009 Copenhagen talks where developing nations and the rights of the planet were fundamentally and shamefully ignored.

Please watch this short introductory video outlining the goals and expectations of the summit.



OCA on the Radio: Ronnie Cummins on the Global Climate Crisis

Please listen to OCA Director Ronnie Cummins on Meria Heller’s Organic Transitions radio as he talks about his trip to the Cochabamba People’s Climate Summit, the dangers of Geoengineering, and the need for an Eco-Socialist revolution.



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