_If you don't know who your state reps are, enter your zip code here:

Urgent! Call Your State Reps to Ask Them to Vote for HB 2637! The Senate Bill is  SB 6298.

Want to learn why we need GMO labels? Scroll down to read ten scary reasons.

Momentum is on our side. I was thrilled to read in the AP article, "Some Wash. wheat farmers throw support behind required labeling of genetically modified foods,"(published here in D.C. in the Washington Post and across the country in 152 different news outlets!) that the hearings were "packed!"

You all made national news! Not only in the AP, but also:

Food Safety News: Calls for GMO Labeling Keep Cropping Up

There are also lots of great stories that ran locally around Washington State:

Seattle, WA (KOMO 4 TV): Lawmakers take up issue of genetically-altered foods

Seattle, WA (PubliCola): Bill Would Require Labeling of GMOs

Sequim, WA: Sequim woman to testify in favor of genetically engineered food labeling

Spokane, WA: Bill Proposed To Label Genetically Modified Food

The Senate bill to label GMOs, SB 6298, had a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water & Rural Economic Development at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Click here to watch the hearing.

The House bill, HB 2637, had a public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 8:00 AM on Friday, January 27, 2012. Click here to watch the hearing.

So far, of the 12,000 Organic Consumers Fund supporters in WA, more than a thousand of you have contacted your state legislators.

Votes in the agriculture committees could happen as soon as tomorrow! We need your help to get these bills passed! Please take action:

    1.    Write your state reps to ask them to support the bills.
    2.    Write your state senators to ask them to support SB 6298.
    3.    Call your state reps to ask them to support HB 2637.
    4.    Call your state senators to ask them to support SB 6298.
    5.    Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund so we can reimburse the travel costs of supporters who couldn't otherwise have attended the hearings.
    6.    Learn more and get involved at GMOFreeWashington.com.

Getting tough questions from your reps about SB 6298/ HB 2637? Click here for the FAQ.

If you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than these 10 scary reasons to label GMOs:

#1 Monsanto's Bt-toxin, in its Bt-producing GMO corn and cotton (used in food in the form of cottonseed oil), was found by Canadian doctors in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of the umbilical blood of their babies.

#2 The authors of the Canadian study conclude that the women and their babies were exposed to Monsanto's GMO Bt-toxin through a "normal" non-organic Canadian diet, including non-organic (so-called "natural" and "conventional") meat, egg, and dairy products from animals fed Bt corn.

#3 Monsanto's GMO "Bt" corn and cotton plants are engineered to produce a insecticide in every cell of the plant that kills insects by breaking open their stomachs.

#4 Mice fed Monsanto's Bt corn had elevated levels of immune system substances that are also higher in humans who suffer  from rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, allergies, Lou Gehrig's disease, autoimmune  disease, and colitis.

#5 Young mice in the same study had elevated T-cells, which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.

#6 Monsanto's GMO Bt-toxin has properties of known  allergens - it actually fails the World Health Organization's allergen screening tests.

#7 Monsanto's GMO Bt-toxin has been found to bind with the small intestines in mice and with intestinal tissue in rhesus monkeys.

#8 In addition to its GMO "Bt" crops which are  engineered to produce insecticide, Monsanto also produces GMO "RoundUp  Ready" crops, engineered with a bacterial DNA that allows it to survive  otherwise deadly doses of its herbicide RoundUp.

#9 In the only human feeding study ever published on GMOs, Monsanto's GMO "RoundUp Ready" soybeans were found to transfer Monsanto's "RoundUp Ready" DNA to the bacteria living inside human intestines.

#10 According to Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for  Responsible Technology, the transfer of Monsanto's GMO Bt DNA to human digestive bacteria could create a "living pesticide factory" that could be responsible for the "increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders -  since 1996 when Bt crops came on the market."

Learn More About the Health Dangers of GMOs

Thanks!

Alexis

Alexis Baden-Mayer

Organic Consumers Fund

alexis@organicconsumers.org
 

Pigs

01/15/2012

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I urge you to read the "retirement notice" posted on The Tiny Texas Ranch's web page, "Large Black Hogs." Why? Because Kay explains why Ken and Kay are retiring.

Nap time with Ken and Big Black Sally

_In this "recession" economy, the work we've all done to bring your "sustainable agriculture" is being undone. Small farmers are facing greater than ever challenges. As Kay said in her retirement message, the cost of feed has jumped as well making pig farming on the sustainable farm scale challenging at best. _Here at the 3-Bell Ranch, we're facing a 30% increase in our irrigation fees. For this ranch, that means we need to come up with another grand to maintain our current irrigable acreage. In 2008, when the price of diesel jumped to $4/ gallon, this entire valley dropped to its knees. Getting to town was the cost of a gallon of fuel.

Your dollars are pushed and pulled in every direction. And with your stretched dollars you must make decisions about who gets what dollar more carefully than ever. But if you value food produced by farmers who genuinely care about the sustainability of their land and their animals, find a farmer ... or two... or three... and support them by buying the labors of their gift to us: real food grown on real ground with real fertilizer.
 
 
_Those of you who follow my blog know that I have had grave concerns about the passage and implementation of Senate Bill 510, National Animal Identification System (NAIS), as well as other legislation that offers VAGUE language that threatens the future of "We the People" to live lives of liberty, to grow our own food and care for our animals. Our fundamental, Constitutionally "protected" rights are under siege.

I urge you to examine the following story. Granted: the aerial images project "red neck animal husbandry"; however, in no image can I see evidence of a single "abused"  animal; all were removed (illegally) from their property.

It is a slippery road we're on. And if we do not stand together to say "No: YOU MUST FOLLOW THE LETTER OF THE LAW AND THE LAW MAY NOT BE AMBIGUOUS OR VAGUE" then we will see our rights eroded, our liberties stripped and our ability to live in "freedom" crushed.

If we find we dismiss that which we see with our own eyes or hear with our own ears, and defer instead to the reports of Authorities, we will one day find our selves caught in the crosshairs with no one to raise a voice in our defense. We cannot afford to turn our backs on situations so  easily dismissed by prejudgements-- prejudgements formed through misinformation, propaganda or out and out lies.

Speak now or forever hold your peace.

UPDATE:
Phan, Amy. "Olalla couple pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charges » Kitsap Sun." Kitsap Sun: Local Kitsap, Washington News Delivered Throughout the Day.. N.p., 3 Dec. 2012. Web. 4 Jan. 2012. <http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/jan/03/olalla-couple-pleads-not-guilty-to-aninal/>.