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How do we know we’re winning against Monsanto and Big Food?

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the genius of many minds, the effort of many hands

“New models are emerging today . . . from the longing in many hearts, the genius of many minds, the effort of many hands to build what we know instinctively that we need.” – Marjorie Kelly, “Owning our Future.”

Last week, the USDA released its final rules for GMO labeling. As predicted, the federal law is full of loopholes. So full of them, that the law can easily be summed up in two words: a joke.

With your help, OCA fought long and hard for your right to know if your food contains genetically modified ingredients.

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But even under Obama, who campaigned on the promise of your “right to know” about GMOs, federal lawmakers sided with Monsanto.

Betrayed by the politicians elected to represent us, we stepped up our education campaign. We ratcheted up the pressure on corporations, using boycotts and lawsuits.

We may not have won the GMO labeling battle—which was always a means to a bigger end. But thanks to you, we are winning the war against Monsanto and Big Food.

Now, with a roster of newly elected members of Congress who understand that we must connect the dots between food, farming, environmental, climate and economic justice policies, we’re standing on the brink of an unprecedented opportunity to transform our food and farming system.

We need your help to make the most of this opportunity.

If you make a donation to OCA between now and December 31, your gift will be matched by the Mercola.com’s charitable foundation. You can donate online, or by phone or mail, details here.

How do we know we’re winning the war against Monsanto and Big Food?

Junk food sales are down. Local citizens are rising up against factory farms.

Monsanto lost the biggest lawsuit it’s ever faced, when a jury unanimously decided that Roundup weedkiller caused Dewayne Johnson’s cancer. The company still faces more than 9,000 lawsuits by other cancer victims.

Meanwhile, Monsanto’s new parent company, Bayer, is struggling under the weight of plummeting stock prices.

At least 13 countries, including France and Germany, are moving to ban glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup.

In the U.S., while the EPA drags its feet, cities from Sonoma, California, to Bethesda, Maryland, are weighing their own bans on glyphosate.

Progress may still be too slow, but make no mistake: An educated citizenry is demanding—and getting—change.

But perhaps the best news to come along in awhile is something called the Green New Deal.

We often hear from our supporters that we shouldn’t mix food with politics. But if the GMO movement taught us anything, it’s that policymakers—especially those who line their campaign coffers with donations from Monsanto and Big Food—wield tremendous power over consumer rights when it comes to food (and the environment).

The authors and supporters of the Green New Deal  understand this. They also understand that food and farming policy, which currently favors industrial factory farms, is directly related to poor health, a polluted environment, declining communities, and the climate crisis.

Newly elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently told Bon Appétit she sees food at the center of many pressing issues, from ethics to climate. She told the magazine:

“The food industry is the nexus of almost all of the major forces in our politics today. It’s super closely linked with climate change and ethics. It’s the nexus of minimum wage fights, of immigration law, of criminal justice reform, of health care debates, of education. You’d be hard-pressed to find a political issue that doesn’t have food implications.”

Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Democratic Socialist, Libertarian, or just plain apolitical, if you care about food, health or the environment, you should be encouraged by Ocasio-Cortez’s statement. And you should get behind the Green New Deal.

We are encouraged. And we are mobilizing.

We believe 2019 has the potential to be a great year for the food movement—but only if we fight for it. Only if we pressure lawmakers, as never before, for transformational, not incremental, change.

If we want to transform our predominantly degenerative food and farming system to a regenerative one, we’re going to need drastically better food and farming policies.

We’re going to need the “genius of many minds, the efforts of many hands.”

We’re going to need you.

Please consider a generous donation to our year-end fundraising campaign. Make your donation to OCA between now and December 31, and Mercola.com’s charitable foundation will match your gift. You can donate online, or by phone or mail, details here.

Thank you!

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Ronnie Cummins

International Director

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P.S. We rely heavily on our year-end fundraising campaign to see us through the year. Please help us reach our goal by contributing today. Thank you! You can donate online, or by phone or mail, details here. 

 

the genius of many minds, the effort of many hands

I'm an image

the genius of many minds, the effort of many hands

“New models are emerging today . . . from the longing in many hearts, the genius of many minds, the effort of many hands to build what we know instinctively that we need.” – Marjorie Kelly, “Owning our Future.”

Last week, the USDA released its final rules for GMO labeling. As predicted, the federal law is full of loopholes. So full of them, that the law can easily be summed up in two words: a joke.

With your help, OCA fought long and hard for your right to know if your food contains genetically modified ingredients.

Image

But even under Obama, who campaigned on the promise of your “right to know” about GMOs, federal lawmakers sided with Monsanto.

Betrayed by the politicians elected to represent us, we stepped up our education campaign. We ratcheted up the pressure on corporations, using boycotts and lawsuits.

We may not have won the GMO labeling battle—which was always a means to a bigger end. But thanks to you, we are winning the war against Monsanto and Big Food.

Now, with a roster of newly elected members of Congress who understand that we must connect the dots between food, farming, environmental, climate and economic justice policies, we’re standing on the brink of an unprecedented opportunity to transform our food and farming system.

We need your help to make the most of this opportunity.

If you make a donation to OCA between now and December 31, your gift will be matched by the Mercola.com’s charitable foundation. You can donate online, or by phone or mail, details here.

How do we know we’re winning the war against Monsanto and Big Food?

Junk food sales are down. Local citizens are rising up against factory farms.

Monsanto lost the biggest lawsuit it’s ever faced, when a jury unanimously decided that Roundup weedkiller caused Dewayne Johnson’s cancer. The company still faces more than 9,000 lawsuits by other cancer victims.

Meanwhile, Monsanto’s new parent company, Bayer, is struggling under the weight of plummeting stock prices.

At least 13 countries, including France and Germany, are moving to ban glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup.

In the U.S., while the EPA drags its feet, cities from Sonoma, California, to Bethesda, Maryland, are weighing their own bans on glyphosate.

Progress may still be too slow, but make no mistake: An educated citizenry is demanding—and getting—change.

But perhaps the best news to come along in awhile is something called the Green New Deal.

We often hear from our supporters that we shouldn’t mix food with politics. But if the GMO movement taught us anything, it’s that policymakers—especially those who line their campaign coffers with donations from Monsanto and Big Food—wield tremendous power over consumer rights when it comes to food (and the environment).

The authors and supporters of the Green New Deal  understand this. They also understand that food and farming policy, which currently favors industrial factory farms, is directly related to poor health, a polluted environment, declining communities, and the climate crisis.

Newly elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently told Bon Appétit she sees food at the center of many pressing issues, from ethics to climate. She told the magazine:

“The food industry is the nexus of almost all of the major forces in our politics today. It’s super closely linked with climate change and ethics. It’s the nexus of minimum wage fights, of immigration law, of criminal justice reform, of health care debates, of education. You’d be hard-pressed to find a political issue that doesn’t have food implications.”

Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Democratic Socialist, Libertarian, or just plain apolitical, if you care about food, health or the environment, you should be encouraged by Ocasio-Cortez’s statement. And you should get behind the Green New Deal.

We are encouraged. And we are mobilizing.

We believe 2019 has the potential to be a great year for the food movement—but only if we fight for it. Only if we pressure lawmakers, as never before, for transformational, not incremental, change.

If we want to transform our predominantly degenerative food and farming system to a regenerative one, we’re going to need drastically better food and farming policies.

We’re going to need the “genius of many minds, the efforts of many hands.”

We’re going to need you.

Please consider a generous donation to our year-end fundraising campaign. Make your donation to OCA between now and December 31, and Mercola.com’s charitable foundation will match your gift. You can donate online, or by phone or mail, details here.

Thank you!

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Ronnie Cummins

International Director

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P.S. We rely heavily on our year-end fundraising campaign to see us through the year. Please help us reach our goal by contributing today. Thank you! You can donate online, or by phone or mail, details here. 

 

Tell the Organic Trade Association: Cargill and BASF Don’t Belong!

Tell the Organic Trade Association: Cargill and BASF Don’t Belong!

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Dear Sylvia,Organic Trade Associations logo over type that says CORPORATE INTERESETS

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) says it’s dedicated to promoting and protecting organics. But if that’s true, why is the trade group allowing companies like Cargill and BASF to become dues-paying members?

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Organic Trade Association: Cargill and BASF Don’t Belong!

The OTA states that its goal is to work in conjunction with organic businesses “to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media and policymakers.”

Will BASF and Cargill “encourage and protect organic farming practices?” We don’t think that’s likely. On the contrary, we suspect that by joining OTA, these two promoters of chemical, GMO agriculture and factory farms hope to be able to wield their influence in ways that will erode, not protect, the organic industry.

We’re not entirely surprised that the OTA is cozying up to industrial ag. After all, this is the organization that betrayed organic consumers by lobbying for the DARK Act, the federal law that killed the GMO labeling movement.

Still, we think the OTA needs to hear from consumers that partnering with some of the worst actors in the industrial food and farming system is not OK.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Organic Trade Association: Cargill and BASF Don’t Belong!

Thank you!

Julie, Katherine and the rest of the OCA team

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Take action by midnight tonight.

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DEADLINE: Midnight Tuesday, June 26.

Ban roundup image over containers of Roundup on store shelfDear Friend,

This weekend, the Wall Street Journal turned over the microphone to Mark Lynas, GMO promoter and Monsanto shill.

Lynas authored a piece claiming that the science on GMOs is settled (it isn’t) and that the world “desperately needs them” (it doesn’t).

The timing of Lynas’s GMO piece is no coincidence.

Bayer-owned Monsanto is ratcheting up its propaganda campaign because mainstream media is finally paying more attention to the devastating impact of GMOs and the pesticides used to grow them.

From now until midnight PDT Tuesday, June 26 only, Mercola.com will match your donation to our summer fundraising campaign. Click here to donate online or for details on how to donate by phone or mail.

Mainstream media outlets like CNN are now covering the story of DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, the 46-year-old father of two, terminally ill with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), who is suing Monsanto.

Johnson’s case is the first of thousands like it to follow. And the world is watching.

We have to keep Johnson’s story in front of the media, just as we have to keep publicizing OCA’s consumer lawsuit against Monsanto.

We also have to help fund a definitive study on Monsanto’s Roundup, to make the case for a global ban on a weedkiller responsible for massive environmental pollution and human health crises.

Our summer fundraising is going more slowly than usual—not because people are any less committed to a ban on Roundup, but because our articles and social media posts exposing the risks associated with GMOs and glyphosate are increasingly being deemed “fake news,” thanks to corporate lobbyists.

That means we have to invest in advanced technologies to keep bringing you the latest studies and reports.

It also means we have to keep up the pressure on Monsanto, even though Bayer hopes we won’t.

Please help us fund more litigation, more investigative journalism, and the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Roundup weedkiller’s devastating impact on human health.

Please make a donation before midnight PDT, Tuesday, June 26, to double your impact. Click here to donate online or for details on how to donate by phone or mail.

Monsanto can run. But as long as we don’t give up, it can’t hide.

In solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins
International Director

P.S. We rely on individual donors like you for nearly 80% of our total budget. We simply can’t do this work without you. Please consider a generous donation today, details here.

He could have chosen to live out the rest of his life in peace. Instead . . .

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We owe it to this brave, determined victim.

Dear Friend,

Early this week, a California court appointed the judge who will oversee the trial of DeWayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company.

DeWayne “Lee” Johnson was a school groundskeeper, a job that required him to use Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller on school properties.

The 46-year-old father of two is now terminally ill, with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). And he’s suing Monsanto.

Johnson is just one of thousands of NHL sufferers suing Monsanto for not only causing their cancer, but for knowingly exposing them to risk by concealing Monsanto’s own internal evidence linking Roundup to NHL and other health problems.

Johnson is the first to go to trial, because California expedites trials for the terminally ill.

Wayne Johnson could have chosen to live out the rest of his life in peace. Instead, he chose to use the time he has left to face down one of the most powerful companies in the world.

Johnson is committed to holding Monsanto accountable.

We owe it to him to be just as unwavering in our determination to hold Monsanto accountable.

Please help us fund more litigation, more investigative journalism, and the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Roundup weedkiller’s devastating impact on human health. Click here to donate online or for details on how to donate by phone or mail.

OCA sued Monsanto last year for its deceitful labeling on Roundup sold to consumers in stores like Costco and Home Depot. Monsanto tried to get the case dismissed, and failed. We’re now working with our attorneys to build a bullet-proof case.

We’ve also committed at least $25,000 to help fund the largest, most comprehensive global study ever undertaken of Roundup and glyphosate. Depending on the outcome, this could be the study that leads to a global ban on Roundup and all glyphosate-based herbicides.

And we’re the largest financial supporter of U.S. Right to Know, a consumer watchdog organization whose investigations have exposed widespread corruption within the Monsanto organization.

I would have a hard time choosing which of these projects we would drop, if we couldn’t continue to fund them all. Because all of this work is more critical now than ever.

Let me explain.

Last week Bayer, the new owner of Monsanto, announced that the newly merged poison-peddling behemoth of a company will drop the Monsanto name.

The obvious reason? The name Monsanto is synonymous with evil.

But could the name change also be part of a more sinister strategy? To avoid liability for Monsanto’s crimes? Will Bayer try to argue that because “Monsanto” no longer exists, its victims no longer exist, either?

We owe it to Wayne Johnson and the millions of Monsanto victims around the world, including babies born with birth defects, to keep this fight alive.

Monsanto can run. But as long as we don’t give up, it can’t hide.

We are all victims. But together, we will all become “prevailers.”

Please help us fund more litigation, more investigative journalism, and the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Roundup weedkiller’s devastating impact on human health. Click here to donate online or for details on how to donate by phone or mail.

In solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins
International Director

P.S. We rely on individual donors like you for nearly 80% of our total budget. We simply can’t do this work without you. Please consider a generous donation today, details here.

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We owe it to this brave victim.

 

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We owe it to this brave, determined victim.

Dear Friend,

Early this week, a California court appointed the judge who will oversee the trial of DeWayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company.

DeWayne “Lee” Johnson was a school groundskeeper, a job that required him to use Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller on school properties.

The 46-year-old father of two is now terminally ill, with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). And he’s suing Monsanto.

Johnson is just one of thousands of NHL sufferers suing Monsanto for not only causing their cancer, but for knowingly exposing them to risk by concealing Monsanto’s own internal evidence linking Roundup to NHL and other health problems.

Johnson is the first to go to trial, because California expedites trials for the terminally ill.

Wayne Johnson could have chosen to live out the rest of his life in peace. Instead, he chose to use the time he has left to face down one of the most powerful companies in the world.

Johnson is committed to holding Monsanto accountable.

We owe it to him to be just as unwavering in our determination to hold Monsanto accountable.

Please help us fund more litigation, more investigative journalism, and the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Roundup weedkiller’s devastating impact on human health. Click here to donate online or for details on how to donate by phone or mail.

OCA sued Monsanto last year for its deceitful labeling on Roundup sold to consumers in stores like Costco and Home Depot. Monsanto tried to get the case dismissed, and failed. We’re now working with our attorneys to build a bullet-proof case.

We’ve also committed at least $25,000 to help fund the largest, most comprehensive global study ever undertaken of Roundup and glyphosate. Depending on the outcome, this could be the study that leads to a global ban on Roundup and all glyphosate-based herbicides.

And we’re the largest financial supporter of U.S. Right to Know, a consumer watchdog organization whose investigations have exposed widespread corruption within the Monsanto organization.

I would have a hard time choosing which of these projects we would drop, if we couldn’t continue to fund them all. Because all of this work is more critical now than ever.

Let me explain.

Last week Bayer, the new owner of Monsanto, announced that the newly merged poison-peddling behemoth of a company will drop the Monsanto name.

The obvious reason? The name Monsanto is synonymous with evil.

But could the name change also be part of a more sinister strategy? To avoid liability for Monsanto’s crimes? Will Bayer try to argue that because “Monsanto” no longer exists, its victims no longer exist, either?

We owe it to Wayne Johnson and the millions of Monsanto victims around the world, including babies born with birth defects, to keep this fight alive.

Monsanto can run. But as long as we don’t give up, it can’t hide.

We are all victims. But together, we will all become “prevailers.”

Please help us fund more litigation, more investigative journalism, and the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Roundup weedkiller’s devastating impact on human health. Click here to donate online or for details on how to donate by phone or mail.

In solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins
International Director

P.S. We rely on individual donors like you for nearly 80% of our total budget. We simply can’t do this work without you. Please consider a generous donation today, details here.