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Ask this California-based natural and organic food retailer to kick Monsanto out of their stores and join us in the fight for mandatory GMO labels!


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Please take action on the above items and forward widely to your friends! We can use your help spreading the word!

Label GMOs 2012



In 2011, we got mad

For the movement against genetic engineering in agriculture, 2011 was one of the worst years since 1994 when Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (aka rBGH or rBST) became the first GMO approved for use in food production.

Although President Obama promised to label genetically engineered foods while he was running for president, he has instead stacked his administration with biotech boosters who’ve gone on to approve GMO sweet corn, ethanol corn, alfalfa, sugar beets, and lawn grass’€•all without labels to protect our right to know or regulations to prevent contamination of organic. Any day now, the FDA is expected to approve the first genetically engineered food animal, a Frankenfish made from salmon and eelpout genes.

And, then we got organized

Shock and anger coalesced into resistance when volunteer activists organized the first wave of protests, the Rallies for the Right to Know on March 26. Things kept building through October (Non-GMO Month) with hundreds of protests, including the Millions Against Monsanto campaign’s World Food Day events and the Right2Know March from New York to D.C. The message of the Millions Against Monsanto campaign was taken up by the Occupy Wall St. movement at hundreds of Occupy Together actions nationwide, as an example of the harm done to democracy, health, and sustainability when lobbyists make campaign contributions in exchange for deregulation and corporate welfare.

In 2012, we’re in it to win it!

The vast majority of U.S. consumers would boycott GMO-tainted food and buy organic and non-GMO food if they knew that most non-organic processed foods’€•even so-called "natural" foods’€•contain genetically engineered ingredients.
The vast majority of U.S. Consumers would vote for mandatory labeling of GMOs if the issue was on the ballot.

In California, we can get mandatory GMO food labeling on the ballot. Hundreds have already volunteered. You can help make it happen!

Click here to volunteer in California

Michigan also has a campaign to get GMO labeling on the ballot

16 states have legislation to label genetically engineered food

If you’re in one of the states with GMO legislation on the table, we need your help to connect with the legislative sponsors to develop a strategy to get these bills passed in 2012. Click here to volunteer in your state.

In 2012, we’ll be voting for President and Congress, as well as state and local legislators. We need to let every candidate know we’re not casting our votes until we know where they stand on GMO labels and that we won’t support elected officials who break their promises!

The Republican Presidential Primary Race is already in full swing. Find out what the candidates have to say about genetic engineering.

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Homeopathic medicine is perhaps the greenest, safest and most effective healthcare option for organic families. It is a 200 year old system of medicine used by over 250 million people worldwide. Homeopathy has a laudable and extensively documented clinical record and there are literally hundreds of high quality, peer-reviewed basic science, pre-clinical and clinical studies showing its effects. (Go here for more information on this system and the extensive research supporting efficacy.)

Sadly – the same business forces working to disrupt the organic community are escalating their attacks on homeopathy around the world – hoping to destroy it in the name of corporate profits. OCA wants to do something to help! The National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) is the non-profit organizing body for homeopathic medicine in the U.S. They educate consumers and practitioners about the system and how to use it – while protecting it from these attacks.

OCA is encouraging all our members to consider membership in the NCH. It is an organization that makes a real difference in this country. Members of OCA can join NCH for as little as $49 in the first year ($55 in following years) and 20% of your first year membership fee will be contributed back to the important work of OCA!

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

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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.

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