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Whole Fraud: Exposing the Myth of So-Called Natural Foods
Whole Foods Market is attacking the Organic Consumers Association again. They say we're too "hard-line" for insisting that they stop selling, or at least start labeling, so-called "natural" foods in their stores that are laced with unlabeled, hazardous genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.
What do you think? Should Whole Foods label their so-called "Natural" foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients?
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Below Are a Few GMO Labeling Campaigns Whole Foods Should Support...
Ask Congress to Tell FDA to Label GMOs
The Organic Consumers Association was among 450 organizations and businesses who joined together under the "Just Label It" banner to file a legal petition urging the Food & Drug Administration to require clear labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Now, we're joining an effort begun by our ally, the Truth In Labeling Coalition, to organize supporters in Congress to send a letter to the FDA. This week, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Peter DeFazio began circulating a letter asking their fellow legislators to join them in writing the FDA in support of the Just Label It petition. This "Dear Colleague" letter reads, in part:
"Opponents of providing consumers this basic right to information will argue that it would only confuse consumers, be costly, or imply that the products are unsafe. Yet, the FDA requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives, and processes. Providing basic information doesn't confuse the public, it empowers them to make choices. Without labeling, consumers will continue to be deceived by current labeling practices. For example nearly 80% of processed foods on supermarket shelves contain GE ingredients, many marketed with labels such as 'all natural' or 'natural'."
Please write your Senators and Member of Congress, asking them to join Boxer and DeFazio.
The California Label GMOs 2012 Ballot Initiative
Polling shows 80% of CA voters support labels on genetically engineered foods. They want the right to know what they're eating and they're going to have the chance to win it at the polls in November 2012.
Signature gathering is set to begin February 18 and we'll have until April 18 to submit 504,760 valid signatures. To be safe, we need to collect 800,000.
We need your help!
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Attend a Label GMOs Event
State Legislation to Label GMOs
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, 17 states introduced legislation to label GMOs.
In Washington, the Monsanto-funded chairs of the Agriculture Committees blocked votes on SB 6298 and HB 2637 despite hearings packed with supporters, but advocates feel the show of public support was a measurable "win" and are committed to another push next session, or an initiative if necessary. The number of calls and emails on GMO labels in WA is second only to gay marriage - without a single comment in support of Monsanto's position!
In Hawaii, SB 2279 still has a chance if we can get enough letters and calls to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Nishihara urging him to hear the bill. If you're in Honolulu, visit Senator Nishihara in his capitol office, room 204. Otherwise, please contact him by phone at 808-586-6970 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A successful lobby day for this bill on Tuesday generated lots of local media.
Rally to Stop Monsanto From Poisoning Hawaii!
In Vermont, the Right to Know GMOs coalition composed of the Vermont Northeast Organic Farming Association, Rural Vermont, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, and others has formed to pass H722, the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. The Act has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture where testimony is anticipated to occur later this month. Get ready to come to Montpelier!
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Learn More & Take Action on State Bills Nationwide
Support the OCA and the OCF
In 2012, whether we're talking about getting antibiotics out of animal feed or labeling GMOs, we're fighting harder than ever. With the 2012 California Ballot Initiative, and GMO labeling legislation gaining momentum in Vermont, Washington, Connecticut, Hawaii and other states, we have a real chance to hit Monsanto with the skull and crossbones they fear so much - mandatory labels on genetically engineered food. We also plan to step up our efforts to strengthen organic standards and significantly expand the market for organic food and products, especially those produced locally and regionally.
Please be as generous as you can during our February fundraising drive.
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible)
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our efforts in California)
OCCUPY MONSANTO! Secret Video Shows CEO Hugh Grant's Response to GMO Labeling
On January 24, Monsanto shareholders gathering for their annual meeting were greeted by 50 protesters calling for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) to be labeled in the marketplace. While "Occupy-Monsanto" events are becoming more common worldwide, one activist working on behalf of socially responsible shareholders took the anti-GMO message deep inside the inner circle of Monsanto's highly paid executives and recorded the encounter. A newly released hidden video is available for unrestricted use by the members of media at a new website. Occupy Monsanto is calling for protests on September 17, 2012, at Monsanto facilities across the globe to demand GMO labeling and the elimination of cancer causing toxic chemicals in our food supply.
Learn More & Watch
Little Bytes: Top Stories of the Week
A Suit Airs Debate on Organic vs. Modified Crops
Occupy vs. Monsanto: Activists, Farmers Fight the Corporation They Fear Will Take Over All America's Crops
The Seed Emergency: The Threat to Food and Democracy
What's That Coating on Your Vegetables?
The Scary Danger of Meat (Even For Those Who Don't Eat It)
Join the OCA-Endorsed National Buying Club for Organic and Non-GMO Foods: The Green Polka Dot Box
OCA is happy to announce the formation of a new national distribution service for home delivery of organic and non-GMO foods, at 30-50% below the cost of retail, with free shipping on orders of $150 or more. The new national distribution club is called the Green Polka Dot Box (GPDB).
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