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Quote of the WeekThousands to Set Up Protest Encampment in Washington, D.C.

"Stop the Machine! Create a New World! is a clarion call for all who are deeply concerned with injustice, militarism and environmental destruction to join in ending concentrated corporate power and taking direct control of a real participatory democracy. Beginning on October 6 in Washington, D.C. we will encourage a culture of resistance – using music, art, theater and direct nonviolent action – to take control of our country and our lives. It is about courageously resisting and stopping the corporate state from destroying not only our inherent rights and freedoms, but also our children’s chance to live, breathe clean air, drink pure water, grow edible natural food and live in peace. We are the ones who can create a new and just world. Our issues are connected. We are connected. Join us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2011, to Stop the Machine."

Lies of the Week Agribusiness Mobilizing to Stop a Possible California Ballot Initiative on Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods

The article quoted below outrageously tries to blur the definition of genetic modification by equating it with traditional plant and animal breeding. We know better, but expect more lies like this in the fight over mandatory labeling.

"The California anti-biotech/anti-genetically modified/anti-science crowd is at it again. This time around they are calling themselves ‘advocates for truth in food labeling’ and are gathering signatures to get another infamous California voter initiative on the 2012 California electoral ballot. If passed, it would mandate that GMO foods be labeled with some kind of warning. Bring it on.

"It is about time this GMO labeling issue be tackled head-on so the public can be told the truth. Truth is, everything we eat today has been genetically modified…"

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ALERTS OF THE WEEK Join or Organize a Millions Against Monsanto Action in Your Town or City for World Food Day

Thanks to all those who answered our call to action the following events are planned in cities across the nation on World Food Day (10/16/2011) the OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto Day of Action. If you don’t see your city listed and are planning an event or want to plan an event please contact us.
NOTE: If you do not have a Facebook account, you can still view the events by clicking the links.

[AZ] Phoenix Rally

[AZ] East Valley

[AZ] Queen Creek, Educational Event – more info to come

[CA] San Francisco Rally

[CA] Pleasanton, Rally in front of Safeway Corp Headquarters – more info to come

[CA] San Diego Rally

[CA] Los Angeles Rally

[CA] Santa Cruz Rally

[DC] Rally

[FL] Ocala Rally

[FL] Tampa Bay Tabling

[HI] North Kohala (Big Island) – more info to come

[ID] Boise, Veteran’s Memorial Park – more info to come

[IN] Evansville Rally

[IA] Iowa City Rally

[MN] Bemidji, Rally

[MO] Kansas City, Rally and Flash Mob

[MO] St. Louis, Rally at Monsanto Headquarters – more info to come

[NY] Montauk (Long Island), Tabling at Farmers Markets – more info to come

[NY] New York City Rally

[NC] Asheville Rally

[NC] Raleigh Rally

[OR] Eugene Rally

[TX] Austin Rally

[TN] Memphis Rally

[UT] Rally

[WA] Federal Way (near Tacoma), Educational Event – more info to come

[WI] Racine Rally

Raise Money for Your Local World Food Day Events


This World Food Day volunteer activists are going all out to make October 16, 2011, the biggest single day of action for labels on genetically engineered food in U.S. history.

Every dollar raised by your local Millions Against Monsanto chapter will help pay for local World Food Day events. Please be as generous as you can to help make every march, rally, recruiting drive, film screening, potluck and house party a success.

Go the Millions Against Monsanto map and click on your state to see a list of local chapters. On your state page, you’ll find a link to your congressional district chapter’s cause where you can donate to make local World Food Day events possible.

Donate to support local World Food Day events

Support the OCA Stop Monsanto and Move the Organic Revolution Forward

For 13 years, OCA has been "growing the revolution" – fighting against genetically engineered foods, preserving strict organic standards, expanding the organic market, and spreading the good news that organic agriculture can sustainably feed the world while reversing global warming. The time is right to step up our efforts and move the Organic Revolution forward, but OCA needs your financial support to do so.

Please donate

Mercury in Your Mouth


Don’t Let Your Dentist Put

If your dentist has not switched to mercury-free dentistry, this is the time for him or her to do so. Call your dentist and ask. If they use mercury and insist on sticking with it, re-consider your choice of dentists.

Silver fillings emit mercury vapor even after they have been implanted into the body. This mercury is bioaccumulative, and it crosses the placenta to accumulate in fetuses as well. Dental amalgam’s mercury is a known health risk, especially for children, fetuses, nursing infants, and people with impaired kidney function. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concedes that the developing neurological systems of children and fetuses are more susceptible to "the neurotoxic effects of mercury vapor" – and that there is no evidence that amalgam is safe for these populations.

Take action

Films of the Week Families of the Victims of 9/11: Press for Truth

Ten Years after 9/11 Millions of Americans and people around the world do not believe the "official story." Among those who doubt the official story and demand a new independent investigation are numerous family members of those who died in the Twin Towers.

Please watch this eye-opening YouTube video

Another group calling for a new investigation of 9/11 includes 1500 leading architects and civil engineers, retired military personnel, and scientists.

Sponsored Message 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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1) Organic Gardening Tip of the Week:
Vermicomposting Is More Than Wiggle to a Worm

Jane Tunks, a novice gardener, is using her office’s rooftop garden as her classroom, with Fred Bové and Kevin Bayuk from the San Francisco Permaculture Guild as her teachers. Here is another of her lessons.

2) Forum Topic of the Week:
How Does Your Garden Grow?

Share stories and post pictures in the Organic Consumers Association’s online discussion forum.

3) Organic Consumer News of the Week:
Aurora, Supplier of So-Called “Organic Milk” to Wal-Mart, Continues Violating Organic Standards

The Cornucopia Institute, filed a formal legal complaint with the USDA in Washington alleging that one of the five industrial-scale dairies operated by Aurora, its High Plains dairy near Kersey, Colorado, is failing to graze their dairy cattle as required by the federal organic standards. OCA has called for a boycott of Aurora’s cheap feedlot milk, marketed under private labels as “organic” by Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, Safeway, and others.

4) GMO News of the Week:
ArborGen to Plant 260,000 Frankentrees Across the U.S.

International Paper’s ArborGen joint venture with MeadWestvaco Corp. and New Zealand’s Rubicon Ltd. is seeking permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell the first genetically engineered forest trees outside China.

5) Health News of the Week:
Pollution Causing Cancer in Animals, New Report Warns

Dumping of toxic wastes is contributing to cancer among wildlife, a new report says. Scientists say that tumors on beluga whales, sea lions and other animals are a warning signal.