Organic Bytes #204: Special Issue! Millions Against Monsanto: Save the Planet
December 17, 2009
Some of these Monsanto-linked appointments are further proof of how dangerous it is to elect a president who the American people trust. The public is deep asleep while a democrat administration legalizes extraordinary rendition, drone bombings of Pakistan, increases in private mercenary warfighting with taxpayer dollars as well as keeping and legalizing civil liberty curtailments of the bush administration. Pandora's box is open and hope is obscuring it's evil outpourings. -Rick
Health, Justice and Sustainability News
from the Organic Consumers Association
Edited by: Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
- Actions of the Week: Stop Monsanto!
- Action Update: Monsanto Wins the Angry Mermaid Award
- Health News of the Week: Dangers of Monsanto GMO Corn
- Spoof Monsanto Site: ILoveMeatTube.com
- Little Bytes: More News of the Week
Actions of the Week
Press the Department of Justice to Break Monsanto's Monopoly
After years of complaints from the OCA and our allies, the
Department of Justice is investigating how big biotech and food
corporations, including Monsanto, are monopolizing and controlling our
seeds, food and farming - and they want to hear from YOU. The Obama
Administration is specifically seeking comments and information about
how corporate control of the food system affects average Americans. If
you're concerned that Monsanto and Big Food corporations have
inordinate and dangerous power over where your food comes from and how
it's produced, tell the Justice Department! Your comments could help
rein in Monsanto and other corporate criminals.
Stop Obama's Monsanto Men
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of Monsanto's key
non-profit partners, forcing hazardous Genetically Modified Organisms
(GMOs) on farmers and consumers worldwide. The multi-billion dollar
Gates Foundation is helping Monsanto infiltrate markets in poor African
countries by fraudulently claiming that GMOs can feed the world and
reduce rural poverty with high-priced GM seed varieties that
supposedly, but in fact do not, increase yields, resist drought, or
President Obama has appointed biotech cheerleader Rajiv Shah, who
worked as the Gates Foundation's agriculture programs director, to be
the USDA's Under Secretary for Research, and has put Roger Beachy,
Director of the Monsanto-funded Danforth Plant Science Center, directly
under Shah in charge of the new National Institute of Food and
Agriculture. Now Shah, with only six months of government experience,
has been appointed by Obama to lead the US Agency for International
Development (USAID), handing over in effect billions of dollars in
taxpayer money to Food Inc., Monsanto, and the biotech bullies.
The notorious lobbying group CropLife, which represents pesticide
and genetic engineering companies, including Monsanto, is the PR front
group that infamously chided the First Lady for planting a
pesticide-free organic garden at the White House. Islam Siddiqui,
nominated by President Obama to be the US Trade Representative's Chief
Agriculture Negotiator, is CropLife's Vice-President. Before CropLife,
Siddiqui was a chemical farming and biotech booster in Clinton's USDA.
It was his bright idea in 1997-98--rejected by the organic community--
to allow GMOs, sewage sludge and irradiation in organic production.
(The Organic Consumers Association spearheaded this successful campaign
to save organic standards.) And oh yes, we should also mention that
Siddiqui was an Obama campaign donor and fundraiser.
Protest Monsanto Propaganda on National Public Radio
If you listen to National Public Radio, you've probably heard
Monsanto's "Produce More, Conserve More" greenwashing commercials.
Monsanto's propaganda team claim their Frankencrops and seeds are a
form of "sustainable agriculture" that will help farmers "squeeze more
out of a drop of water." American Public Media, the producer of the
public radio program Marketplace, gets companies like Monsanto to
support their programming by offering to let them "leverage their
reputation." Unfortunately Monsanto's green claims are a dangerous lie.
GMO crops do not produce more. GMO crops contain dangerous pesticide
residues, and use massive amounts of toxic and climate-0destabilizing
chemical fertilizers. GMO are not drought-resistant. Organic crops
out-produce chemical and GMO crops by 70% under drought (or heavy rain)
conditions. Non-organic chemical, water, energy-intensive, and GMO
crops are a recipe for disaster in this era of unpredictable weather.
Monsanto Wins the Angry Mermaid Award
activists have hung Copenhagen's "Angry Mermaid Award" around
Monsanto's neck for being a "corporate climate criminal." Monsanto,
perhaps the world's most hated corporation, is a major driving force in
polluting the atmosphere with billions of pounds of
climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases (Co2, methane, and nitrous
oxide), while at the same time offering false high-tech solutions--
profiting off biotech bullying, environmental destruction, a highly
subsidized and unhealthy food chain, and rural poverty.
though food security experts agree that mitigating and adapting to
climate change is going to require a return to non-GMO organic
agriculture, Monsanto has been successful in promoting itself in the US
and among world leaders as a so-called no-till "sustainable
agriculture" company helping farmers survive climate change by selling
them genetically engineered seeds that resist drought and flood.
fact, Monsanto has never commercialized a single drought or
flood-resistant crop. Monsanto's seeds are resistant to one thing:
Monsanto's toxic (and increasingly expensive) herbicide RoundUp, which
farmers are forced to buy, (and consumers are forced to consume) in
goal is to patent living organisms, monopolize seeds, outlaw seed
saving, and economically and legally enslave farmers, thereby
destroying the "competition," the seed and crop biodiversity that
farmers have painstakingly cultivated over the last 10,000 years. Life
on Earth will become Life in Hell if Monsanto is allowed to tighten its
stranglehold over our seeds and food. To mitigate climate change, we
need to shift from chemical and energy-intensive industrial agriculture
to organic farming practices on the world's 12 billion acres of farm,
pasture, and rangeland (thereby cleaning up 40-100% of the excess CO2
in the atmosphere) and at the same time drastically reduce the 44-52%
of greenhouse gases directly or indirectly caused by industrial
agriculture: carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning fossil fuels, cutting
down rainforests and destroying soil fertility; methane (CH4) from
animal factory farms and rotting non-composted waste in garbage dumps;
and nitrous oxide from billions of pounds of nitrate-based fertilizer.
To save the climate and ourselves, we need to break Monsanto's
stranglehold over food and farming, and instead protect and support the
world's remaining 1.5 billion traditional and organic small farmers -
the peasants and family farmers who produce 75% of the world's food and
fiber and steward what's left of the world's crop and animal
OCA Needs Your Help to Spread the Organic Revolution
and our national, now international, network of organic consumers and
farmers understand that we have a positive life-affirming solution for
the global food, health, and climate crisis: organic food, farming, and
ranching. But to get out our all-important message we need your support
and your donations. So please send us a tax-deductible donation today.
OCA's yearly fundraiding drive kicked off at the beginning of December,
so please help us reach our goal of raising $75,000 by January 1st,
New Study Reveals Health Hazards of Monsanto's Frankenfoods
Three Major GMOs Approved for Food and Feed Found Unsafe
In the most comprehensive study yet of the health effects of three
of Monsanto's genetically modified corn varieties, researchers from
CRIIGEN and the French universities of Caen and Rouen have highlighted
a number of new side effects linked with their consumption. Their study
of Monsanto's 90-day feeding trials clearly underlines adverse impacts
on kidneys and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, as well as damage
to the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system.
research was made possible when the European government obtained
Monsanto's raw data and made it publicly available for scrutiny and
counter-evaluation for the first time.
researchers have concluded that all three GMOs that they have studied
contain novel pesticide residues that will be present in food and feed
and may pose grave health risks to those consuming them. They have,
therefore, called for immediate prohibition on the import and
cultivation of these GMOs and have strongly recommended additional
long-term (up to two years) and multi-generational animal feeding
studies on at least three species to provide true scientifically valid
data on the acute and chronic toxic effects of GM crops, feed and foods.
Spoof Monsanto Site: ILoveMeatTube
don't know who is behind this satirical website, but it's always a good
time to poke a little fun at Monsanto, GMOs and industrial farming.
Let's fight them together AND laugh at them together!
1) Climate Crisis: Copenhagen - Putting agriculture front and center in the discussions over climate change
2) Food System Change Not Climate Change - New paper series from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy tackles climate challenges for agriculture
3) Getting at the Roots of Unsustainable U.S. Ag Policy - Point-by-point debunking of the USDA's new report on agriculture and climate change
4) Obama to Receive Prize Based on Promise He Has Failed to Keep
- Friends of the Earth members statements prior to U.S. President
Barack Obama's December 10 acceptance of his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo,
5) Video of the Week: Vandana Shiva Speaks at Copenhagen Climate Protest
- Indian physicist, author, and activist Vandana Shiva spoke to the
crowd before the protests in Copenhagen on Saturday as anywhere from
30,000 to 100,000 people (depending on who you talk to) marched to the
UN Climate Change Summit
LOCAL WA NEWS OF THE WEEK
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