Tuesday, December 3, 2013

FAQs about the GMO-free Zone in Los Angeles

1.   What does this initiative accomplish?  The initiative to create a GMO-Free Zone in Los Angeles protects home gardens, school gardens, community gardens and homegrown food.  This initiative prohibits the growing or selling of genetically modified seeds or plants within the City of Los Angeles.  Immediately, this initiative creates an area of 502+ square miles (the City footprint) where it is safe to save heirloom vegetable seeds without threat of contamination from GMOs.  In a bigger picture, the initiative joins and supports the growing national and international movement to limit the spread of GMOs.  Locally, the initiative creates the potential for an economic enterprise zone where urban CSAs and artisan food producers can promote their products as “GMO-Free.”

2.       Is this a labeling initiative?  No.  The labeling of GMOs within a single city would be very difficult to achieve or enforce.  Meanwhile, there are other groups which are working on labeling initiatives at the California state level.  This initiative focuses on a different facet of the problem: seeds and plants.

Vote with your buying dollar

Who paid (BIG time) to defeat GMO Labeling?

Know the vendors whose so-called "natural" products are only a front for big agriculture and corporate control, and boycott them.  Use your buying choices to hit 'em where it hurts.  Spread the word far and wide.

Boycott: Odwalla, Kashi, Gardenburger, Naked, Silk, Cascadian Farm organic, Horizon organic.

Buy instead:  Lundberg, Nature's Path, Cliff, Earth Balance, Udi's, Eden, Pacific, and more.

See full infographic at http://www.dotheearth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/prop37-poster3.jpeg

U.S. GMO corn rejected by China

An article in the L.A. Times tells that China has rejected a shipment of U.S. GMO corn.

"Chinese consumers remain wary of GMO crops and some nationalist-leaning pundits have suggested the Western-dominated technology leaves China’s food supply vulnerable."

You bet it does.  GMO crops are unsustainable and jeopardize the WORLD food supply.  

Friday, October 25, 2013

How you can help

1) Educate City Council members.  We need to educate all of our council members and thank those who sponsored the GMO Free Zone! (list of City Council members)  Make the call, send the email, let your council member know how important this issue is to you and your family.

2) Get petition signatures.  Download the petition to ask L.A. City Council to make L.A. a GMO-free Zone.  Ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers to sign.  (petition and instructions)  Do you have some time to volunteer?  We need signature-gathering help at farmers' markets and community gardens, particularly in Council districts that are not in West LA.

3) Help Washington.  Volunteer to call voters for the 522 Labeling campaign in Washington State.  (here's how)  Yes on 522 in Washington, will turn the tide and make the junk food manufacturers responsible for  mandatory labeling of GMO.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

GMO Action Alert: TOMORROW

Councilman Paul Koretz and Councilman Mike Bonin will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at City Hall to announce that they will introduce a motion to make the City of Los Angeles a GMO-Free Zone.  Come join us and make a big crowd for the news cameras!

When:  Friday October 18.  Gather 8:45-9:00a.m.  Move into location 9:00a.m.  Press conference begins 9:15 a.m.

Where:  Gather at the Rotunda, Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, LA 90012.  Allow 20+ minutes to park and make your way into the building.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

FAQs about the GMO-Free L.A. campaign

What would this campaign do?  This campaign would create a “GMO-Free Zone” in the City of Los Angeles, where GMO plants and seeds cannot be grown. We are asking L.A. City Council for a motion, which would be followed by actual legislation (a law) at the City level, which would ban genetically engineered plants from the City footprint. Immediately, that creates 502 square miles where heirloom seeds can be safely saved and preserved without fear of contamination. It creates potential for an enterprise zone for local growers and urban CSAs who can then say they are growing GMO-free. In a broader sense, declaring Los Angeles to be a “GMO-free Zone” gives a huge boost to the national movement.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Help create a GMO-Free Zone in L.A.

The campaign to create a GMO-Free Zone in Los Angeles is on!

Here's how you can help:

1. Circulate petitions.  The letter is directed to members of Los Angeles City Council.  Sign it yourself, or ask your friends and neighbors to sign.  Full voters-registration contact information is necessary to make the signatures count.

2. Volunteer.  SeedFreedomLA is coordinating people to go to farmers markets and community gardens in specific areas of the city, to collect signatures on the petition.  We are especially seeking signatures from areas of the City of Los Angeles that are not in West LA.  If you can help do this, please contact us.

3. Return the petitions.  Petitions are being collected by one of our coalition members, the Environmental Change-Makers.  All signatures need to be turned in by December 15, 2013 January 15, 2014 in order to count for the current effort.  You can ...

  • return signed petitions by snail-mail, or hand-deliver them to:  Environmental Change-Makers, 6700 West 83rd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.  -or-
  • email a scanned copy, or photograph with a cell phone, and email to envirochangemakers @ gmail.com