GMO Campaign

imageGenetic engineering refers to a set of technologies used to change the genetic makeup of cells and move genes across species boundaries to produce novel organisms. Once released, these genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can easily spread and interbreed with other organisms, and they are virtually impossible to recall back to the laboratory.

Monsanto provides roughly 90% of GMO seeds in the world. These seeds have been genetically modified to produce their own pesticide or to survive repeated spraying of Monsanto’s toxic herbicide Roundup. Monsanto’s GMOs are not designed to increase yields to feed the world, but rather to increase Monsanto’s profits. Monsanto sells high-priced, patented seeds to farmers who are required to sign contracts stating that they will buy new seeds every year. And as their crops become increasingly herbicide-resistant, Monsanto sells more and more chemicals to farmers who are caught in this vicious cycle. Due to the enormous political clout of Monsanto, the American public is being denied the right to know whether their foods are genetically engineered or not.

Resources

Shopper's Guide
identify non-GMO products from independently-owned companies that support GMO labeling and have decent labor and environmental practices--AND identify products from companies that don't meet those standards.

The Truth About GMOs
this paper defines GMOs, provides background on the bio-tech industries that produce them, and describes the hazards that GMOs present to the environment and to the humans and animals that consume them.

GMO Glossary
Definitions for terms related to Genetically Modified Organisms compiled by OSC members.

OSC Earth Action Campaign Handout
Info on Occupy Sonoma County's Earth Action Campaign.

GMO Discussion

 
1 month 3 weeks ago

Additional update (from the event listing): This general meeting is for anyone between the ages of 13-35 who want to be part of a nationwide movement of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process! On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 12:12 AM Hoai-An

1 month 3 weeks ago

[image: Occupy Sonoma County] ​EARTH ACTION IN THE NEWS Welcome to the people who have joined recently. This is a simple weekly newsletter. Your participation is encouraged. Please share information and actions about climate change, climate justice, GMOs, toxic chemicals, and Earth-relate

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A request came in yesterday: Please share the upcoming general meeting of the Sunrise Movement in Sonoma County with any young people you know. It's happening TOMORROW Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa at 6pm. Thanks! [image: 2019-09-26 Sonoma Sonoma Hub.jpg]

1 month 4 weeks ago

Four million people took action with us yesterday. Four million. We are building an incredible movement - and we're just getting started. Check out our global wrap blog with global highlights and watch this just-released video to see a snapshot of the strikes that took place in 163 countries

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