As the Organic Consumers Association begins organizing for a planned November 2012 California ballot initiative that would require mandatory product labels for genetically engineered foods, the nonprofit is aligning itself with the Occupy movement.
Check out the passage we pulled from a letter to supporters from Ronnie Cummins, co-founder and national director of Organic Consumers Association.
The coming year promises to be a turning point for oganic food and farming, part of a larger world-changing turn toward democracy, health and sustainability. Organic Consumers, like 99 percent of American, are sick and tired of large corporations and indentured politicians–the 1 percent–dictating our food and farming choices and undermining our health, as well as the health of the planet. We're tired of factory farms and biotechnocrats lacing our food with genetically engineered bacteria and viruses, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and carcinogens. We're tired of sewage-sludge-contaminated farm land, food and poisoning epidemics, filthy and inhumane factory farms, and last but not least, Washington bureaucrats taking billions of our hard-earned tax dollars and subsidizing corporate agribusiness. It's time for a change. A Big Change.
That last bit, about the Washington bureaucrats taking billions of our hard-earned tax dollars, might be where Organic Occupiers and teabaggers can find common ground . . . down on the farm.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.