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 1 week ago

Join the International Rebellion this Wednesday, October 16th! [image: XRSFBay Logo]The time to act is now. Are you READY TO REBEL? The International Rebellion has arrived! Join us in preparation this weekend and in the streets next Tuesday & Wednesday. With the 5th largest economy in the

1 month 1 week ago

Watched the video. Inspiring. I even signed up for the other learning opportunities offered at the end. We're re-booting a fallow community garden at my school. Fits right in with the message here. Thanks for the heads up, Roni. Mark Twitter: @MarkM33 Facebook: facebook.com/mark33mortensen

1 month 1 week ago

I disagree with Anne's thoughts below, though I may be incorrect. I have learned from Matt Powers and others about ocean growing of seaweed/kelp sequestering 10x the carbon of land growing, and from others years ago that algae growing for energy and nutrition is highly efficient, so I believe

1 month 1 week ago

I have watched it, and it is AWESOME!* I would also like to invite folks to evaluate a "fun and gamifying" approach to climate solutions. Please email me if you are interested. My CPR Fund non profit has some $ to invest in our best ideas to get things rolling faster. (I got to view The Need

1 month 1 week ago

I haven't watched it yet, but I have a high regard for Food Revolution Network. It looks like this is a significant documentary for climate, re: agriculture. I'm going to watch it tonight, and if it's as good as I hope, I will buy this movie (only $7 right now!) Free to watch until 10/15 - 3

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