is going on? In the past few months GMO labeling legislation has been
introduced in Washington State, Minnesota, Connecticut, Hawaii, and
Vermont. In each state, the same frustrating story repeats itself.
Legislators are optimistic, the bills seem to move quickly at first,
they receive a record breaking amount of public support, and then they
stall in committee and never move again, despite unprecedented numbers
of calls and emails from citizens to legislators. A representative in
Minnesota told us they expected "fallout" for supporting the bill, even
though it didn't pass. In Washington state an unprecedented coalition of
anti-GMO wheat farmers and
organic consumers were stymied by agriculture committee legislators,
who, it turns out, had received money from Monsanto. In Vermont,
legislators and Governor backed off from a California-style
labeling bill, despite polls showing 90% of Vermonters supported the
bill, openly admitting that they were fearful of a lawsuit from Monsanto
and the biotech industry. It's clear that Monsanto and the biotech
bullies will go to great lengths to keep their stranglehold on our food
supply, and unfortunately most state legislators are either intimidated
by or complicit with Monsanto.
It is also clear that we are at a major turning point in this
fight. More people than ever care about what is happening to our food
supply. More people than ever want to see GMOs labeled. The energy is
Here's what OCA wants to do about it:
Our Millions Against Monsanto Campaign plans to join forces with
the Occupy Monsanto protests across the country the week of September
17th, 2012 to create the largest Days of Action for GMO Labeling ever!
We want to raise the clamor for labeling to a fever pitch and you can
Here's what we need:
More activists and more awareness in each state!
There are now 692,413 in our Millions Against Monsanto campaign!
Let's get one million by September 17th! In the months leading up to the
Days of Action, we need you to gather petition signatures
(PDF) and pass out leaflets
at your local farmer's market or natural food store. Summer is the perfect time to raise awareness about food.
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