GMOs—or, genetically modified organisms—are increasingly becoming part of our food supply. They are largely unregulated, despite the fact that no long term safety testing has confirmed that GMOs are safe. US regulators have relied on data provided by the biotech companies that show these products are safe, despite a growing amount of peer-reviewed research that demonstrates the dangers.
We oppose government agencies that greenlight these lab experiments, trusting the likes of Monsanto that these products are safe. We oppose introducing genetically modified animals into the world with unknown consequences.
- Together with a coalition of organizations, we successfully repealed the Monsanto Protection Act from a must-pass funding bill, which would have stripped federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of potentially dangerous genetically engineered crops.
- We worked on the Steering Committee to pass California’s Prop 37. After pouring unprecedented amounts of money into the ballot initiative, the food industry won and Prop 37 failed, but the work in California prompted more than 20 states to introduce GMO labeling legislation over the next several years.
- We helped draft the GMO labeling bills that became law in Connecticut and Maine. Our activists submitted thousands of messages in support of the bill.
- We supported Vermont’s labeling law, the first unrestricted GMO labeling law.
Feb 8, 2011 91
The US Department of Agriculture last Friday gave farmers the go-ahead to resume planting Roundup Ready sugarbeets—claiming it’s the only way to avoid a nationwide shortage of sugar! (more…)...
Feb 1, 2011 125
USDA Completely Deregulates Genetically Engineered Alfalfa—It is Time to Demand Congressional Hearings! (Action Alert)
Let’s really put the pressure on! Let the USDA and your senators and representative know there’s a steep political price for this decision, which if left unchanged, will have devastating consequences for organic agriculture. (more…)...
Jan 11, 2011 36
The USDA is ready to deregulate GE alfalfa, even though the EIS raises grave concerns. There’s still time to stop it—if we act quickly! (more…)...
Dec 14, 2010 34
Will we soon wake up to GMO orange juice? Plus more on apples, sugar beets, court decisions, and Hillary Clinton’s attempt to push GMO on Africa. (more…)...
Sep 28, 2010 24
As the Washington Post reported, “Environmental organizations, consumer groups and independent researchers assailed the plans of a Massachusetts company to market the first genetically modified animal as food in the United States—an Atlantic salmon—and argued at a public meeting Monday that fe...
Jun 22, 2010 26
A high-profile legal battle over genetically modified crops continues. The US Supreme Court in a 7-1 decision yesterday (June 21) did not accept a lower court’s total nationwide ban on GM alfalfa. But it did agree that the seeds could be dangerous and did not allow Monsanto to proceed with selli...
May 11, 2010 70
Last week the New York Times wrote about an upcoming report from The President’s Cancer Panel. The paper was “astonish[ed] to learn that [the panel] is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: [these] chemicals threaten our bodies.” (more…)...
Dec 22, 2009 15
If you listen to political talk-radio, you may have been puzzled by recent ads about seeds. Why would anyone be concerned about access to seeds? Because approximately 82 percent of the global seed supply is patented and owned by a handful of big corporations. Just six companies — DuPont, Monsanto,...
Mar 31, 2009 0
Genetically modified organisms, or GMO foods, are on grocery store shelves already. They are present in nearly 80% of processed foods that contain crops such as corn and soy and their byproducts. The long-term effects on human health and the environment from these non-natural products are unknown. A...
Feb 17, 2009 0
On February 6, the FDA made history by approving the first drug made with materials from genetically engineered (GE) goats. Last month the Agency issued guidelines covering how it will regulate products from genetically altered animals, despite controversy about this technology. The bottom line...