|Posted on January 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
A national grassroots camgpain is underway to boycott those compnaies that contributed to the defeat of Prop 37. The boycott is upported by the Organic Consumers Association, Cornucopia Institute, Mercola and Natural News, who provide information on products marketed as organic or "natural". Some products boycotted include, Kellog's, General Mills, Dean Foods, Safeway (O-organics), Smucker's, Con-Agra (Orville Redenbacker organics) and Pepsico (Naked Juice).
Organizations like Institute for Responsible Technology, Label it Yourself and Just label It, offer free tools for the more passionate activists
We can defeat these companies and their trojan foods!
Vote with your Wallet!
|Posted on December 4, 2012 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
Every year for the past 13 years, biotechnology giant Monsanto Company has sued about 11 farmers per year for patent infringement of their genetically modified corn and soybean seeds. Many of these farmers have had to pay a settlement to the corporation even when their fields were accidentally contaminated with GM seeds from a neighboring farm. Monsanto simply outspends the defendants, dedicating $10 million a year and 75 staffers for the sole purpose of investigating and prosecuting farmers. Farmers who have sued Monsanto back have been soundly defeated. Read more..
|Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
Following in the footsteps of nations like France and Russia, South Africa may soon be the latest nation to enact a ban on Monsanto’s GMO corn that was recently linked to tumor development and organ damage in rats. South Africa’s African Centre for Biosafety (ACB), a watchdog organization that was created to protect consumers from various biotechnology dangers, is now calling on South African authorities to enact a ban on Monsanto’s tumor-linked maize crop known as NK603. This is particularly important when it comes to South Africa as white corn is a large staple food, making up for 80% of the harvest just last year. In the event that the maize were to be banned, it would be a major hit for Monsanto and an even larger victory for the 50,586,757 people who live in South Africa. If authorities take the advice of ACB, then it would not only ban the cultivation of the GMO corn, but the import and export as well. In a letter to the South African minister of agriculture, the ACB said: “We urge the South African government to take the necessary steps to protect its citizens.” Nations around the world are currently passing or requesting bans on Monsanto’s crops following the study, which is one of hundreds of studies to identify the dangers of both Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and GMOs. Coinciding with previous pieces of research that have linked Roundup with conditions such as cancer and infertility, the French GMO study found that around 50% of the males and 70% of the females fed 100% GMO corn died prematurely. It was also dubbed the most thorough research on the prolonged effects of GMOs and Roundup on rats. As expected, Monsanto has not taken this news lightly. Previously being busted for paying United States diplomats to extend its campaign for global seed domination and killing over 500,000 innocents with its ‘safe’ Agent Orange weapon, Monsanto’s corruption has been repeatedly exposed by whistleblowers and alternative news media. Each time, however, Monsanto continues to assert that its creations are perfectly safe. Just as it did with Agent Orange, Monsanto is now on the defensive of GMOs despite having only been tested for 90 days before unleashed on the public. More nations around the globe will continue to call for and enact GMO crop bans around the globe until Monsanto is either banned or labeled (via California’s GMO labeling bill Prop 37) out of existence. It is important that we support and highlight the countries who are making efforts on this front such as South Africa’s ACB.
This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/monsanto-s-fading-grasp-group-calls-south-africa-ban-gmo-corn-1349101168. All rights reserved
|Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
One of the most important elections being held on November 6 doesn't even have a Democratic, Republican, Green, Libertarian or other partisan candidate on the ballot. Imagine! Yet, this statewide contest in California will likely have a huge impact on national policy and on grassroots efforts to rein in the arrogance of corporate power that's running roughshod over Americans. That's why those powerful interests are going all-out to win in California, bulldozing as much as $50 million into this one election — more than they're putting into some of the big-money battles for U.S. Senate seats. What's the name of this popular populist candidate who's spooking CEOs of national corporations right out of their Guccis? Mr. Right-To-Know. He's on the November ballot as Proposition 37, a citizens initiative to require food conglomerates to label products containing genetically manipulated organisms. These GMOs, developed in the engineering labs of such biotech giants as Monsanto and DuPont, contain unnaturally altered DNA and are quietly slipped into hundreds of processed foods with no word to consumers about the adulteration. Also, adequate scientific studies have not been conducted on the long-term impacts these manufactured organisms could have on human health, the environment and small farmers. So, a broad coalition of "people's interests" came up with Prop 37 — not to ban GMOs, but simply to say that We The People have a right to know if food and biotech profiteers have added these highly questionable organisms to the products we put on our dinner tables. The people's proposal is a straightforward, easy way to empower every consumer in the marketplace to make their own choice. And, wow, the corporate powers really hate that. The giants fear that consumers (damn them!) will reject products containing risky GMOs, so they want to keep such contents a secret. Since the California market is huge, passage of a labeling law there would effectively become a national provision. Thus, the corporations are mounting their massive PR campaign. Despite that, however, a July poll shows that 65 percent of likely voters are inclined to vote "yes" on the proposal, so its national brand-name opponents fear they'll come a cropper over Prop 37. If so, it'll actually be a double cropper. This is because, ironically, their media blitz is revealing way more about their conglomerated empires than they want people to know. Another of their carefully constructed consumer frauds is that many multinationals have quietly bought up dozens of popular organic food firms — but they've kept their conglomerate names off the labels hoping customers will think the organic brands are still scrappy independent businesses. Now, the public is learning that Kashi organics, for example, is a subsidiary of Kellogg's, which is spending a ton to defeat Prop 37. Other megabuck donors to the anti-consumer campaign include General Mills (owner of Muir Glen and Cascadian Farm organic brands), Dean Foods (owner of Horizon organic NationofChange.org - Organic Subsidiaries Out Parent Conglomerates 10/9/12 1:21 PM http://www.nationofchange.org/print/28456 Page 2 of 2 milk and Silk organic soy milk) and such giant deceivers as Campbell Soup, Bimbo Bakeries, Coca-Cola, Del Monte, Nestle, PepsiCo and J.M. Smucker. The fun part is that the organic subsidiaries of these conglomerates support the Right-To-Know labeling law, with such organic firms as chips-maker Food Should Taste Good labeling its packages as "non- GMO" even though its owner, General Mills, has pumped a million bucks into the anti-labeling campaign. Many of the subsidiaries are aghast that their corporate parents are financinglegalized consumer deception. Nothing like a feisty family squabble to air out dirty linens and expose some ugly truths!
To keep up with Right-To-Know's California campaign, go to www.caRightToKnow.org.
This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/organic-subsidiaries-outparent-
conglomerates-1349271621. All rights are reserved.
|Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
GMO- Global Alert
The most comprehensive GMO safety study was released last month with results so incriminating, the biotech industry is scrambling to defend itself with yet more lies and distortions. But once you see the size of the tumors in these GM corn-fed rats (shown at the beginning of the movie), any attempt by the industry to deny the findings becomes appropriately impotent.
Warning : Images may be disturbing to children
|Posted on September 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Laboratory prodcution of the Arctic "non-browning" Apple.
The USDA is considering approval of a genetically engineered "non-browning" apple produced by Okanagan Speciality Fruits in Canada. If you try to aviod US produced corn, soy, cottoneed and canola because of GMOs, apples may be next. The Us industry is concerned, that if unlabeled genetically engineered apples enter the US market, consumers, both domestic and international, could reject US apples altogether in favor of imports from other countries whre apples are still produced using traditional breeding methods.
The Organic Consumers Association is making it easy for you to send a message to keep GMOs out of out food supply. http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=37482526
*Note: When you shop for produce, note that on the PLU sticker, a five-digit number beginning with “8″ stands for GMO.
This is a VOLUNTARY labeling practice, so inconsistently applied, but in some cases it can help you make an informed shopping decision.
|Posted on July 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
California is posed to be the first state with mandatory GMO labeling laws thorugh the 2012 California Ballot Initiative process. Polls show support to get this initiative on the ballot and voted in. Over 80% of those polled support madatory labeling.
A win for the California Initiative would be a huge blow to the biotech industry and set a precedent for other states to follow.
Monsanto and other large biotech companies have billions invested in GMO's and are investing millions more to defeat this initative.
California is the 8th largest economy in the world, labeling laws will effect will affect packaging and ingredient decisions nation-wide. The bill has been carefully written to ensure it will not increase costs to consumers or producers.
Arizonan's can support the California Initiative by donating funds to Millions Against Monsanto at http://organicconsumersfund.org/label/
You have right to know what is in your food and your tax free donation will help keep our food safe.