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Ronnie Cummins- Organic Consumers Assoc.

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Left in the Dust?

People on horseback herding cattle through a foggy forest at sunrise

Monsanto’s propaganda machine churns out a steady stream of lies and misinformation. One of its most dishonest—but unfortunately, effective—talking points is that the world will go hungry if we stop growing GMO crops, which oh-by-the-way can’t be grown without massive amounts of poisonous chemicals.

Fact is, here in the U.S. alone, 13.1 million children under 18 don’t have consistent access to enough food, according to the U.S. (USDA). That number will soar, right along with soaring temperatures, if we don’t stop degrading and poisoning our soil and water, some scientists warn.

A recent article on cites research by bio-ethicisit George Dvorsky. Dvorsky warns that modern industrial agriculture puts us at risk of a 1930s Great Depression-style dust bowl:

Researchers Michael Glotter, Ph.D. and Joshua Elliot, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago, ran computer simulations to predict the effects of a Dust Bowl-like drought on today's maize, soy and wheat crops.

“We expected to find the system much more resilient because 30 percent of production is now irrigated in the United States, and because we've abandoned corn production in more severely drought-stricken places such as Oklahoma and west Texas,” noted Elliott in a press release. “But we found the opposite: The system was just as sensitive to drought and heat as it was in the 1930s," Dvorsky writes.

Our best way out of this mess? Shift to regenerative practices that stop depleting our soil and fresh water supplies, and start drawing down and sequestering carbon in the soil. Countries that commit to making this transition—for example, France, Germany and Morocco— will be better prepared to deal with global warming.

Those that don’t will be left in the dust.

Read Mercola’s ‘Industrial Farming Threatens Food Security in the U.S.’



DDT Déjà Vu?

Tiny Traces, Deadly Secrets

Roundup is everywhere. It's so ubiquitous that some scientists refer to it as the new DDT.

DDT, despite mounting scientific evidence against its use, stayed on the market for decades. Like Roundup, DDT was proclaimed “perfectly safe” by chemical companies and government regulators. Until it wasn’t.

In the early 1960s, government regulators finally banned most uses of DDT—but only after millions of people had already developed diseases like cancer, infertility, liver and nervous system damage. And 40 years after it was taken off the market, we haven’t yet been able to completely eradicate it from the environment.

Have we learned nothing?

Following on the declaration of a respected scientific panel of the World Health Organization in 2016 that Roundup (active ingredient glyphosate) likely causes cancer, compounded by numerous studies linking Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide to hormone disruption, birth defects, kidney damage, and other diseases, the question we should be asking today is not whether we need more proof that the Biotech Bully of St. Louis is deliberately poisoning us for profit, aided and abetted by indentured scientists, media hacks, and politicians—but rather how do we drive Monsanto’s Roundup and Roundup-tainted foods off the market?

Read 'Monsanto and Its Minions Are Poisoning Us: How Can We Defend Oursleves'

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Testing, testing . . . 1, 2, 3

Mosanto's glyphosate weedkiller, Roundup, on the shelf at a store

Glyphosate. It’s everywhere. Is it in your body?

Health Research Institute (HRI) is offering glyphosate testing to consumers. For $99, HRI’s lab will test your urine sample for glyphosate and AMPA, a metabolite of glyphosate. (Your liver is in charge of breaking down glyphosate into its metabolite—but as a recent study suggests, making your liver break down glyphosate and process its metabolites may be damaging your liver).

How would you test positive for glyphosate if you’re not eating GMO foods?

Because glyphosate may be in your drinking water. Or on your local park, or golf course, or your kids’ school playground, if those areas are sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup. And get this—glyphosate isn’t just sprayed on GMO crops. It’s also used to dry out other crops, like oats, to make harvesting easier. So just because you’re eating “non-GMO” doesn’t mean you’re eating “glyphosate-free.”

To find out if glyphosate is lurking in your body, order the test from HRI. They’ll send you a sample collection kit, along with instruction on how to collect your urine and return it for testing.

TAKE ACTION: Get tested! Request a glyphosate test kit online or call 641-552-6258

More on HRI Labs




'Lace Up Your Shoes'

Person tying up blue and red pair of shoes

In the past eight years, we frequently spoke out loudly against President Obama, especially when he threw his support behind corporations, at the expense of people. We opposed his position on the disastrous TPP trade deal. And we were disappointed and disillusioned by his failure to veto the DARK Act.

But in his farewell speech this week, President Obama said something we do agree with:

“If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life. If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Stay at it. Sometimes you'll win. Sometimes you'll lose.”

This year, perhaps like no other year in OCA’s history, we will ask you—often, and loudly—to lace up your shoes and do some organizing. Like so many organizations, including Our Revolution and Brand New Congress, we believe that unless we all get up off our couches, turn off our phones and laptops, and get involved in the issues we care about starting in our own communities, our voices will be silenced, our issues will be forgotten, our rights to a clean environment and healthy food will be trampled as never before.

Grassroots organizing is hard work. It takes time. It takes energy. It takes resources. It takes grit, creativity and courage.

This year, perhaps like no other year in our history, we will need you. Please support our work. And lace up your shoes—we have a lot of work to do.

Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)

Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our GMO labeling legislative efforts)

Support OCA's Regeneration International Project (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic, regenerative agriculture and climate change)




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