* DEADLINE: Urgent Tell USDA To Do Its Job And Reject 2,4-D Resistant GE Corn
Dow Chemical is currently requesting an unprecedented USDA approval: a genetically engineered (GE) version of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, a major component of the highly toxic Agent Orange. Agent Orange was the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. in Vietnam, and it caused lasting ecological damage as well as many serious medical conditions in both Vietnam veterans and the Vietnamese.
USDA approval of Dow’s GE corn will trigger a big increase in 2,4-D use – and our exposure to this toxic herbicide. Yet USDA has not assessed how much, nor analyzed the resulting impacts on public health, the environment or neighboring farmers (2,4-D is prone to drift and cause damage to nearby crops). Instead, USDA has once again bowed to the pesticide industry, by giving preliminary approval to still another pesticide-promoting crop that will likely harm people and their children, including farmers, and the environment. USDA claims to be adhering to a scientific process, yet the Agency is blatantly ignoring the science on 2,4-D.
*DEADLINE Ongoing: Tell the FDA: Label genetically modified foods!
An estimated 80% of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain genetically modified organisms. Yet GMO foods are totally unlabeled as such.
Already more than 40 countries around the world require labeling of foods that contain GMOs. While Americans who live in the “land of the free” have no idea what’s in our food, citizens in Australia, Brazil, the European Union, Japan, Russian and even China have the legal right to know.
A recent poll shows that 93% of Americans support mandatory labeling of GMOs.
Even President Obama has said he is in favor of labeling GMOs. In a 2007 campaign speech he promised to “let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.”
But he hasn’t done it. Last week the Center for Food Safety filed a petition with the FDA, and now more than 400 businesses, co-ops and organizations are calling on the FDA to immediately implement mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Join that call now.
Iowa-based investor Bruce Rastetter and fellow investors in the industrial agricultural corporation AgriSol Energy have their sights on 800,000 acres (325,000 hectares) of land in Tanzania that is home to 162,000 people.
The proposed site is inhabited by former refugees from neighboring Burundi. Most of the residents, several generations of families who have successfully re-established their lives by developing and farming the land over the last 40 years, will be displaced against their will. They will lose their livelihoods and their community. Once they are gone, Agrisol Energy will move in.
Despite rising international criticism of the proposed plan to evict the residents in the proposed lease areas for foreign investors, the Tanzanian government plans to move forward with the project.
While the consumption of raw milk is legal in all fifty states, the sale of raw milk is illegal in about half the states. Passage of HR 1830 into law would enable everyone to exercise their right to consume raw milk, whether they live in a state where the sale of raw milk is illegal or in a state where the sale is legal but sources are limited.
The demand for unpasteurized milk has expanded beyond the estimated nine million raw milk consumers revealed by the 2008 CDC survey. Growing numbers of consumers are crossing state lines to obtain raw milk and raw milk products. It is time to recognize that the federal ban is an unjust, unworkable law.
Ask Legislators to uphold freedom of food choice through the petition in support of HR 1830. Sign the petition here.
Spread the word and collect signatures on the hardcopy petition.
* DEADLINE Ongoing: Join the Food Revolution in asking schools to promote plain, white milk
UPDATE June 15, 2011: SUCCESS in Los Angeles!!!
UPDATE April 26, 2011: Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District John Deasy announced that he’s going to recommend that LA schools stop serving sugar-filled flavored milks in school! This just shows that when thousands of us come together to demand for better food for our kids, people WILL listen. Let’s keep the pressure on, sign the petition and share is widely.
Too much sugar is threatening the health of our kids and we’ve got to do something about it. Flavored milk, the chocolate and strawberry milk which is served for breakfast and lunch at school, is sweetened with sugar that kids don’t need and just adds extra calories to an otherwise healthy drink.
Many parents don’t realize this, but chocolate milk has the same amount of sugar as a soft drink (that’s the added sugar plus the natural sugar contained in all milk). Just one additional soft drink per day increases a child’s obesity risk by 60% and is a major contributor to Type 2 diabetes.
The facts deserve to be taken seriously. According to the National Dairy Council, flavored milk contains about 4 teaspoons of added sugar; plain white milk doesn’t have any added sugar. It also contains colors, flavors and artificial sweeteners that don’t add any nutritional value. Check out the label and you’ll be able to see for yourself.
But there is something we can do. Join the Food Revolution in asking schools to promote plain, white milk. Help spread the message that wholesome, plain milk is best and that sugary, flavored milk should only be enjoyed as an occasional treat.
* DEADLINE Ongoing: Stop Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Alfalfa
The USDA has decided to completely deregulate genetically engineered bio-fuel corn and alfalfa, and partially deregulate genetically engineered sugarbeets. It is an outrageous decision that will have far-reaching implications.
The USDA’s own data shows that just 7% of alfalfa acres are currently treated with herbicides. USDA’s projections in their environmental impact statement show that a substantial adoption of Roundup Ready alfalfa would trigger increases in glyphosphate herbicide use of up to 23 million pounds per year! This is unthinkable, especially considering that many “superweeds” have already become resistant to Roundup. We’ll be living in a toxic soup in a very short while.
We need to show Congress that there is a steep political price to be paid for supporting genetically engineered organisms, especially corn, alfalfa and sugarbeets. And we need to put pressure on the USDA and the Obama administration.
*DEADLINE Ongoing: Tell the DOJ it’s time to Break Up Monsanto
Last year the Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Agriculture held a series of 5 workshops investigating anti-competitive practices in the food and agricultural sectors. Nowhere are these abuses more prevalent than in the extreme market share enjoyed by the seed and chemical company Monsanto, which has a virtual stranglehold on seed supplies in crucial sectors that has severely limited farmer’s choice in what traits they can buy. Monsanto’s control of the seed market is so high that 93% of soybeans, some 82% of corn, 93% of cotton and 95% of sugar beets grown in the U.S. contain Monsanto’s patented genes.
During the 2008 campaign, President Obama promised to deal with the worst monopoly abusers in agriculture. Now is the time!