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‘Purpose and Principles’
Most days, the news is full of discouraging headlines. But this week, there were a few headlines that gave us hope—and provided motivation to keep up the good fight.
Headline #1: Monsanto’s bid to get its glyphosate license renewed for another 10 years in the EU is faltering. On Wednesday, EU member states failed to reach a majority on granting the renewal. The vote took place one day after European Parliament Members voted to ban the use of glyphosate in Europe glyphosate completely by 2022.
You might think what’s happening in the EU has nothing to do with the work you support in the U.S. But keep in mind, thanks to you, OCA played a big role in the International Monsanto Tribunal last year. And a few weeks ago, we helped organize a press conference with the EU Parliament in Brussels, to announce that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in France, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK is contaminated with glyphosate.
Headline #2: Big Food purveyor Nestlé announced that it will drop out of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the multi-billion-dollar lobbying group that defeated your right to know about GMOs.
Nestlé, along with other GMA members, went on our boycott list early on in the GMO labeling fight. Nestlé didn’t comment publicly on why it dropped out of the GMA, Politico reported that it was “known in food policy circles that Nestlé officials weren’t in full support of GMA’s overt opposition to mandatory GMO labeling.” Maybe because you let the transnational corporation know you disapproved?
Nestlé is the second company to side with consumers against the GMA. In June, Campbell’s also dropped out, stating that it had “made a values-based decision after GMA had lobbied furiously against mandatory GMO labeling at the state, local and federal level.” Campbell’s CEO told investors the move was “driven by purpose and principles.”
Headline #3: Organic sales are growing. According to the latest USDA figures, U.S. farms and ranches sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities in 2016, up 23 percent from 2015. Between 2015 – 2016, the number of certified organic farms increased 11 percent to 14,217, and the number of certified acres increased 15 percent to 5 million.
These recent developments are consumer- and activist-driven. So take a minute to congratulate yourself on the important work you’re doing.
And if you can, please make a donation today to help keep this work going. Thank you.
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