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"Going organic is the
single most critical (and most DOABLE) action we can
take right now to stop our climate crisis. Every
acre of ground that's farmed organically has the
potential to pull thousands of pounds of warming
greenhouse gases out of our air."
"Organic farming is a
real, attainable solution to our current global
climate crisis! Organic farming can actually remove
greenhouse gases from the air - helping to reverse
the climate crisis!"
"Organic living can stop
the climate crisis. When you combine the impact of
protecting the beneficial mycorrhizal fungi in the
soil (which absorb and neutralize carbon) and
eliminating all the toxic chemicals (and their
packaging and the energy spent producing them), the
carbon problem in our atmosphere is practically
solved. We still need more renewable energy, but
restoring the earth's ability to sequester carbon is
a good place to start. And you'll do it while
-Maria Rodale, Organic
Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet,
Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe
As you look around at the
environmental crisis enveloping our planet, do you
ever stop and think, "What can I do?" In Organic
Manifesto, Maria Rodale, CEO of Rodale and
granddaughter of the man who started the modern-day
organic food movement, answers that question firmly:
Buy organic food.
Climate Change: The Recipe for Survival Is to Ban
Factory Farms and Go Organic
and chemical-intensive industrial food and farming
are responsible for 35-55% of the world's greenhouse
gas emissions. According to many analysts, GMO
grains and the factory-farmed livestock sector are
major contributors to our climate crisis. (This
includes the emissions from animals and their waste,
as well as agriculture and biofuels-related
deforestation, industrial inputs used to produce
feed, and the processing and transportation of food
products made from animals.)
A shift to local and
organic food and crop production would eliminate
most fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions,
including deadly methane and nitrous oxide
emissions, while saving the world's forests and
turning our farm and ranch lands back into carbon
sinks or storage areas, instead of emitters.
Transitioning just the world's 3.5 billion acres of
cropland to organic would sequester 40% of annual
emissions! Transitioning all range and pasture lands
as well, along with global reforestation, would
enable us to remove enough excess greenhouse gases
to reverse global warming and stabilize the climate.
While Congress's so-called
"cap and trade" climate change legislation pays lip
service to organic practices and certification, it
fails to prioritize energy-efficient and
carbon-sequestering organic practices over false
solutions like Monsanto's "GMO no-till" and
industrial biofuels derived from GMO and monoculture
corn, soybeans, sugar cane, and palm oil. And, in
this pro-Wall Street, pro-corporate agribusiness
bill, industrial agriculture and forestry sectors'
growing greenhouse gas emissions would be exempt
from caps on pollution.
Tell Congress to wake up
and acknowledge the links between our out-of-control
crop and food production and climate change.
Industrial agriculture is causing climate change.
Organic farming and ranching could reverse climate
change. But if we don't stop relying on false
solutions like industrial biofuels and GMO crops and
make the switch to organics quickly, climate change
will likely lead to massive crop failures,
starvation, and endless war.
Democracy, and Farmers Under Siege
10,000 OCA members have contacted President Obama
and USAID administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, urging them
to support organic agriculture and food sovereignty.
Many OCA members also donated to
the Seeds for Haiti project.
You can find more information about Organic
Millions Against Monsanto
Monsanto's fungicide treated seeds.
Though Monsanto is the largest producer of
Genetically Engineered seed in the world, Haiti will
be receiving hybrid seeds treated with toxic
fungicide. Monsanto's donated seeds are coated in
Maxim XO and thiram. Thiram is a suspected endocrine
disruptor, as well as
a developmental and
The problem with hybrid seeds.
Monsanto is donating hybrid seed that have been
artificially bred to improve yield. However, hybrid
seeds, unlike open pollinated or heirloom seeds,
cannot be saved from harvest to harvest. Hybrid
seeds are bred to be heavily dependent on irrigated
water and other destructive agriculture inputs, like
synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, to
Whither Haiti's Democracy?
Monsanto has successfully
infiltrated the Obama Administration,
spent millions of dollars lobbying elected
bribed foreign governments.
Allowing Monsanto a foothold in Haiti's food system
will seriously threaten Haiti's recovery and
Haitian Farmers, the next Percy Schmeisers?
Over the last decade, Monsanto has threatened and
sued hundreds of farmers in the United States and
Canada for the "crime" of saving Monsanto's patented
Monsanto's tactics have
bankrupted hundreds of farmers and terrorized
farmers into using Monsanto's patented
seeds, so as not to be sued.
Haiti needs real support for food security!
Rebuilding Haiti's food system will be a long and
complex process. Transportation infrastructure,
local markets and direct support for family-scale
farmers are key ingredients for rebuilding a vibrant
and sustainable food system. The USAID's focus on
pushing Monsanto's hybrid seed ignores the demands
of Haitian farmers and represents the US
government's continued promotion of Monsanto and
action in solidarity with Haitian farmers by
contacting President Obama and USAID administrator
Dr. Rajiv Shah and urging them to organic
agriculture and food sovereignty.