All of Oregon's five congressional districts have become a part of the Organic Consumers Association's national campaign against Monsanto, a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. The corporation has shady practices and has been sued in various countries including Germany, India and the United States. The bad practices employed by Monsanto have yet to stop or receive widespread public attention which is what has spurred a national campaign spearheaded by the Organic Consumer Association: "Millions Against Monsanto."
Millions Against Monsanto includes the "Truth in Labeling" campaign which is where Oregon's congressional districts come onto the scene. The plan is that each U.S. congressional district will rally 435 organic activists to coordinate 2,300 petition signatures per district in order to mobilize the campaign.
Activists are urged to create grassroots movements to re-label products at some of the biggest grocery store chains including such heavy-hitters as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. The plan is to stick "Oh No! Is It GMO?" labels on "non-organic foods likely to contain GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) as well as non-organic meat, dairy, and eggs coming from animals raised in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), where they are force-fed GM grains." Genetically-modified organisms mean that the genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.
The Truth in Labeling campaign is being called "guerrilla stickering" by some and participants can download a food guide to see which foods are known to contain GMOs. The purpose of this campaign is not only to shed light on how many products contain GMOs, but also to get grocery stores themselves to start labeling products which contain GMOs and for local, state and federal laws to enforce this labeling, thus putting pressure on Monsanto to produce better products or at least shed light on the issue. So far, Oregonians have been mobilizing in every district and we hope to see more organic activists get involved and spread the word in Oregon and throughout the nation.