From Organic Consumers Association <[email protected]>
Subject Where do the presidential candidates stand on GMOs?
Date February 1, 2020 1:30 PM
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Sanders’ 67-page, $16.3-trillion Green New Deal plan calls for a massive
overhaul of U.S. agriculture policy ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
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“You have my word on this one . . . we will not be appointing a Secretary of
Agriculture who comes from agribusiness or corporate interests . . . You will
have an aggressive Secretary of Agriculture who is going to fight for family
farmers and strong organic standards.” – Bernie Sanders
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The majority of people still equate the words “ Green New Deal
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few people who hear or read those words think “food and farming.”

But the Green New Deal plan
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a renewable energy transition plan—it’s also a plan to end industrial chemical

Whether you’re a consumer fed up with pesticide-laden foods and GMOs, an
environmentalist outraged by industrial farming’s widespread pollution of U.S.
waterways, an animal rights activist waging war against factory farms or a
climate activist, Sanders’ Green New Deal addresses your concerns—boldly, and in
concrete terms.

Read: ‘Bernie’s Green New Deal Has a Bold Plan to Revolutionize Our Food &
Farming System
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SIGN THE PETITION: Green Consumers for a Regenerative Green New Deal
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Want to know where all the 2020 presidential candidates stand on GMOs? You’re in

We investigated the candidates’ positions based on who’s funding their
campaigns, how they voted as elected officials and what they’ve said in their
platforms and public statements. And we're ready to share.

Using data compiled by
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companies in the food system, including the four multinational corporations,
Bayer-Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF, and DowDuPont ( now Corteva [[link removed]] ).

Of course we know where several of the candidates stand on GMOs because they
were in the House or Senate in 2016. That was the year Congress ended our fight
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Truth be told, only Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
(D-Hawaii) came out “GMO-Free” based on our research.

Note: This information was compiled by Citizens Regeneration Lobby
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can endorse candidates and engage in political advocacy that is out-of-bounds
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Read: ‘Where do the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on GMOs?’
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As we (and a lot of other media outlets, including the NBC Today Show
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comes from “happy cows.”

The “happy cows” narrative has made for fun—and prolific—headlines. But it’s
also detracted from the seriousness of the allegations (deceptive labeling,
marketing, and sale of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Products) contained in lawsuits, including ours
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This week Regeneration Vermont published a story
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laughing matter.

It seems that a Vermont dairy farm, which according to a sign posted on the
property was a Ben & Jerry’s “Caring Dairy” from 2012 - 2016, has been
lowballing the number of cows in its dairy herd in order to avoid regulations
and oversight.

Caught in the act, the farm has been forced to apply for the proper permit.
According to Regeneration Vermont [[link removed]] , the permit application reveals that this industrial factory farm will produce
“approximately 10 million gallons of liquid cow manure annually, all of which
will be spread within a watershed already considered to be in crisis, largely
the result of phosphorus-rich manure run-off from farm fields.”

We'll hazard a guess that 10 million gallons of liquid cow manure spilling out
of a factory farm dairy makes for plenty of unhappy Vermont neighbors.

Read Regeneration Vermont's report the dairy farm caught cheating to avoid
regulations and oversight
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SIGN THE PETITION: Tell Ben & Jerry’s: Roundup Ready Ice Cream Isn’t Socially
Responsible. Go Organic!
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Earlier this month, we honored Martin Luther King, Jr. on the anniversary of
what would have been his 91st birthday.

King was a tireless activist. It ultimately cost him his life.

We’re reminded this month of many of King’s actions and words. But these words
in particularly resonate today:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Here at OCA, a lot of things matter to us. One of those is water. Specifically,
the quality of the water that e veryone —not just those privileged enough to live far, far away from the impact of
industrial agriculture and the chemical industry on water quality (if indeed any
such place still exists).

That’s why we were so discouraged—not surprised, but discouraged—to learn of
Trump’s latest assault on our environment—his plan to roll back decades’ worth
of regulations aimed at protecting your right to clean water.

If you hadn’t heard about Trump's plan to gut clean water regulations, you'll
want to read up.

If you did hear about this corporate-friendly, human-health-be-damned plan, and
it made you feel powerless, we want you to feel empowered. Because while it’s
true that individually, the situation seems hopeless, together, we can fight

Access to clean water—for every single person—matters. Together, we must raise
our voices.

Together, we shall overcome.

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In March 2019, Iowa State Senator Ken Rozenboom helped pass
[[link removed]] the state’s “ag-gag” law making it a crime to conduct undercover investigations
in factory farms.

In April 2019, Matt Johnson and others from Direct Action Everywhere, a
Berkeley, Calif.-based animal welfare group, entered a barn near Oskaloosa,
Iowa, owned by none other than the Senator and his brother.

What they saw—and recorded—inside that barn was enough to gag anyone, as Johnson
explains in this video interview
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with factory farms.

Rozenboom admitted the pigs in his barn were treated inhumanely (video footage
doesn’t lie), but deflected blame.

Then, the Senator turned around and told
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hit job,” and that he and his brother will press charges—under that new ag-gag
law, no doubt.

Undeterred, Johnson is speaking out. So much for being gagged.

Watch the interview with Direct Action Everywhere’s Matt Johnson
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Read ‘Animal Rights Group Claims It Found Animal Neglect at Facility Owned by
State Senator’
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Make a tax-deductible contribution to our End Factory Farms campaign
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Sherri Dugger knows how hard it is to grow food, to market food . . . to be a

The former journalist—now an Indiana farmer, the executive director of both the Women, Food & Ag Network [[link removed]] and Indiana Farmers Union and also co-chair of the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal
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environment on human health.

Dugger was asked to speak last week at the Farmers, Soil and Climate 2020
Presidential Forum in Iowa. In remarks she prepared (but couldn’t deliver in
person, due to illness), Dugger asked the presidential candidates: Where are the
women? At your discussion tables? On your leadership teams? Who are the women
helping you make decisions today?

Valid questions, considering that women cultivate more than 300 million acres
and contribute $13 billion to the national economy. Dugger wrote
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“Women farmers and farmworkers produce and process more than half the world’s
food. Women own or co-own one-third of the agricultural land in the U.S.
Fifty-two percent of restaurant workers are women. Thirty-six percent of farmers
are women. Women are leading efforts to transform our food system into one that
is healthy, regenerative and just.”

“We are leaders,” Dugger writes. “And we are ready to be heard.”

Read: ‘Where Are the Women? A Word for the Presidential Forum’
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