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

 
2 hours 31 min ago

Hi folks, I've been doing a lot of work on public transit down here in South Bay. Every transit agency is facing bankruptcy. Ridership and income from public transit fares as well as general sales tax revenue are all way down due to Covid. As one of our transit activists says: "it would be very

2 days 1 hour ago

Hi folks! Buildings are the second highest source of emissions in CA after transportation due to the use of 'natural' (methane) gas. I've been working with the Campaign for Fossil Free Buildings in Silicon Valley. We've been working city by city to pass strong reach codes/bans on methane gas in

2 days 3 hours ago

Op-ed by Ash Kalra in today's Mercury News Friday, July 31, 2020 UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES Writing the next chapter in state's environmental history By Ash Kalra Ask any Californian why they enjoy living in the Golden State, and you're likely to hear about the environment, from our treasured

4 days 3 hours 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

1 week 2 days ago

Dear fellow activists, It is my conviction we won't be able to transform our economy and infrastructure fast enough to deal with the climate crisis without Public Banking. If you only answer one of my calls to action this year, let it be this one. This could be THE most important thing we can

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